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Minnesota United players Fernando Bob and Maximiano will both miss the next game with suspensions.
Up 3-0, the Loons allowed two late goals and sustained a red card but secured the victory over the Timbers.
Well-known to soccer fans in Mexico, designated player Darwin Quintero has shined with the Loons, on offense and with teammates, even as defeats keep him up at night.
Wyatt Omsberg, Mason Toye and Carter Manley have seen limited playing time in their rookie seasons but say they've progressed since they were drafted in January.
The Loons, refreshed for their end-of-season push, visit MLS' latest soccer-specific stadium.
Max Kepler's walk to lead off the ninth inning prevented a perfect game, and Robbie Grossman singled one batter later to break up the no-hitter but the Royals still won 4-1.
When Chase De Jong makes his Sunday start at Target Field - four hours from his father's hometown - he will be the 53rd Twin to play this season, which tops last year's club record of 52.
The video game sensation Fortnite counts well-paid athletes among its biggest players. "They definitely got me," Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie said.
The former East Ridge star had a tough conversation with coach P.J. Fleck when he was told that he wasn't a quarterback candidate. But other roles have popped up.
The team said the 35-year-old right back, acquired last December, had agreed to mutually terminate his contract to help facilitate a move to play soccer closer to family in his home country.
Fernando Bob, 30, has played for eight clubs at various levels in Brazil in his pro career, most recently with top-flight club Associacao Atletica Ponte Preta.
The Loons might be driven by absences back to a familiar formation.
During captains' practices, Tyler Johnson took up a new position in addition to being a Gophers star receiver: "He's like the coach out there," a teammate explained.
Christian Ramirez's departure makes Brent Kallman, from Woodbury, the Loons' only player who hasn't strayed.
Christian Ramirez, the Loons' leading scorer from 2017, has been with the club since 2014 in the North American Soccer League and was a fan favorite in Minnesota.
Rumors have swirled for weeks about striker Christian Ramirez's potential departure now that Angelo Rodriguez has arrived. Ramirez didn't play at all in Saturday's loss.
Frustration boiled over after United's 2-1 loss to the Seattle Sounders, a game key members of the team called the season's most important in terms of the Loons' slim playoff hopes.
After Minnesota United had no players in the Major League Soccer All-Star Game in its inaugural season, the Loons sent two representatives to Wednesday's game against Italian club Juventus in Atlanta.
Darwin Quintero is Minnesota United's star designated player, but the playmaker also took on a new role off the field: Abu Danladi's personal trainer.
When Tottenham Hotspur F.C. beat A.C. Milan 1-0 at U.S. Bank Stadium on Tuesday, many top players were still on a break after the tournament.
When it comes to the Vikings' relationship with Tottenham Hotspur, the distance from London to Minneapolis might as well be the short trip from U.S. Bank Stadium to a Minneapolis pub.
The 30-year-old Colombian joined United during the season and has nine goals in 17 games.
Two designated players give the Loons a double dose of good examples.
With only one road win, United desperately needs points away from home to keep MLS playoffs in play.
He has currently missed nine games, including Sunday's match against LAFC, because of a calf strain.
After a second straight home win on Wednesday, the Loons play LAFC on Sunday with a chance to get all nine points from their homestand.
Romario Ibarra arrived for Minnesota United's training Monday and could debut as early as Sunday - with Miguel Ibarra already in tow.
It wasn't the smoothest game for Minnesota United but Christian Ramirez and Darwin Quintero provided enough offense before halftime.
Last year's leading scorer is satisfied with addition of Angelo Rodriguez.
Minnesota United took a commanding 3-0 lead in the second half before Salt Lake scored two goals in 8 minutes to put the pressure on. And that did not please the Loons coach.
Minnesota United CEO Chris Wright acknowledged in a teleconference the club strives to win but has been working toward the new stadium opening for next season.
United has yet to score a goal from a set piece — dead-ball situations such as direct free kicks and corners. But the Loons have allowed one free-kick goal and seven corner-kick goals, including five in the past six games.
The midweek international friendly was a chance for Loons reserve players to see some action before the MLS schedule picks up again this weekend.
He is expected to bring grit, toughness and leadership to the Loons. Rodriguez joins Darwin Quintero as players who are paid more than the salary cap limitations.
Romario Ibarra comes from Club Deportivo Universidad Catolica in Ecuador's top division and is seen as a potential "difference-maker" by Loons coach Adrian Heath.
His three goals in the 4-3 victory were a first for the club in the MLS era.
Calvo played a total of 105 minutes at the World Cup, starting Costa Rica's 1-0 loss to Serbia and coming on as a sub in the team's 2-0 loss to Brazil before sitting out the 2-2 draw with Switzerland.
The Loons sit in ninth place nearly halfway through the season.
United went to a 3-5-2 in Friday's loss to FC Dallas.
Collin Martin is the only publicly gay male athlete active in the five major pro leagues. He also is believed to be the first man in Minnesota to come out during his playing career.
United had to deviate from its usual formation with a 3-5-2, as winger Miguel Ibarra was not available for the game after a red card suspension. Dallas won with a goal in the 59th minute.
On Friday against FC Dallas, Minnesota United will host its fifth annual Pride Night. The Loons have been dedicated to publicly including the LGBTQ community since the current ownership group took charge
Adrian Heath said the next few weeks will be a time to assess if the club has the personnel to solve its problems. And if not, players could be coming and going until the transfer window shuts Aug. 8.
The Minnesota United-Houston winner will face defending champion Sporting Kansas City, which knocked the Loons out in their first game of the tournament last season.
Costa Rica, with Minnesota United captain Francisco Calvo on board, will open its World Cup campaign 7 a.m. Sunday against Serbia.
Nine players on Minnesota United's 30-man roster have countries in the World Cup, as does coach Adrian Heath with England. With all those rooting interests, there's a fair amount of trash talking going on.
The past eight months have been rife with finger-pointing on the problems with soccer in the United States. A longer NCAA season is seen as one way for the U.S. to keep pace with world.
A U.S. Open Cup game against a hungry FC Cincinnati team awaits.
United's Matt Lampson survived IVB Hodgkin's lymphoma — the latest stage for the disease — as a teenager to eventually become a pro soccer player. Now, he's a regular at the University of Minnesota Children's Hospital
Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath said his ninth-place squad doesn't have the mental toughness to succeed away from TCF Bank Stadium.
Boxall wore the Loons' captain's armband for the first time Sunday with his defense partner Francisco Calvo away for the World Cup.
Coach Adrian Heath had let slip to the media Friday that Boxall was his top choice to take the armband from Francisco Calvo, who left for the World Cup early Sunday after United's 2-0 shutout of the Montreal Impact on Saturday night.
United went 3-2-1 in this home-game-heavy stand and is now 5-7-1 on the season.
Bobby Shuttleworth was put on the MLS team of the week for the third time in the past four weeks but said, "I don't really pay attention to stuff like that."
Despite injuries, the Loons have some depth at the position.
Sporting Kansas City outshot the Loons 24-6 in a game but coach Adrian Heath's team showed resolve in game he thought it would have lost last season.
Rasmus Schuller was the latest to go down after he collided with Yohan Croizet late in Sunday's match.
United (4-7-0) battles once again with regional rival Kansas City (7-2-2), the first of three regular-season meetings this year.
But one of the key cogs in Kansas City's success is something hard to re-create, at least immediately.
The CONCACAF Gold Cup, which takes place every two years, is coming to St. Paul in 2019. It's the region's top tournament, crowning the best national team from North America, Central America and the Caribbean.
Darwin Quintero and Alexi Gomez are jelling with Loons mainstays Christian Ramirez and Miguel Ibarra.
The Loons gave up a goal in the second minute, and defensive lapses kept the team from threatening in a match that afterward had the teams emotions boiling.
Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath said he will place a call to the MLS officiating office to discuss Saturday's on-field calls, actions that center back Francisco Calvo called "embarrassing" and "totally terrible."
Minnesota United is more concerned with gaining a maintainable foothold in a competitive Twin Cities sports market rather than its 15 minutes of fame on a national stage like other expansion franchises.
A pair of first-half goals stood up for expansion side LAFC on Wednesday night, scoring in the 31st and 37th minute.
Minnesota United center back Francisco Calvo will most likely join the Costa Rica training camp the last week of May in hopes of making the final roster for the World Cup.
Of all the times for Minnesota United to be considerably understaffed, this week might be one of the worst.
Starter Mason Toye drew a red card in the 50th minute, but minutes later Miguel Ibarra scored the game's only goal.
Eric Miller lasted about 80 minutes in the Loons' 1-0 victory over Vancouver before exiting with a cramp.
Minnesota United has a plethora of injuries at the moment, both short and long term that will certainly affect Saturday's home game against Vancouver.
Unlike recent errors that doomed Minnesota United to a four-game losing streak heading into Saturday, the Loons managed a comeback 2-1 victory at TCF Bank Stadium.
Last year's starter, after taking over the job in the second game of the season after an injury to John Alvbage, began this season on the bench behind newcomer Matt Lampson.
Foes have outscored Minnesota United 10-1 in the first half this season.
The winger is the second Loons player to be felled by the same knee injury this season.
The Loons' first 'designated player' signing, who is likely to command a seven-figure salary, said he is excited to bring his offensive firepower to the second-year MLS franchise.
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