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Megan Ryan

Reporter | Minnesota United, MLS
Megan Ryan covers Minnesota United FC and Major League Soccer for the Star Tribune. Previously, she reported on that other kind of football at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Penn State) and the Dallas Morning News (Friday Night Lights). She's a University of Minnesota grad and a native of the state.
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Toronto FC defender Eriq Zavaleta (15) looked on as Minnesota United forward Christian Ramirez (21) jumped for a header earlier this month at TCF Bank

Minnesota United's Christian Ramirez welcomes addition of another striker

Last year's leading scorer is satisfied with addition of Angelo Rodriguez.
Real Salt Lake defender Justen Glad (15) falls to his back as Minnesota United forward Carlos Darwin Quintero (25) eyes the ball in the second half

Heath fumes after Loons forced to hang on vs. Salt Lake

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.
Chris Wright

Loons CEO Wright tells fans to be patient in team's 'build'

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.
Loons goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth made a save off a corner kick againt Houston on April 28. But opponents have been more successful on set pieces ag

Loons' struggles with set pieces reach critical point in MLS 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.
Michael Barrantes celebrated in front of Harrison Heath at the end of the game.

Loons fall 2-1 to Costa Rican team Deportivo Saprissa

The midweek international friendly was a chance for Loons reserve players to see some action before the MLS schedule picks up again this weekend.
Ángelo Rodriguez, left, playing with Colombia’s Tolima in June of 2017.

Loons add Colombian Ángelo Rodriguez as second designated player

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.
Ecuador's Romario Ibarra, went against Argentina last October.

Loons sign Ecuadorean standout Ibarra

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.
Forward Darwin Quintero got the Loons off to a quick start against Toronto FC with a goal in the eighth minute Wednesday at TCF Bank Stadium -- the fi

Quintero's hat trick carries Minnesota United past Toronto FC

His three goals in the 4-3 victory were a first for the club in the MLS era.
Center back Francisco 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 t

World Cup experience 'a dream' for Minnesota United's Calvo

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.
Loons coach Adrian Heath says his team is better this season than last even if its record disputes that premise.

Minnesota United needs run of wins to get in playoff contention

The Loons sit in ninth place nearly halfway through the season.
Minnesota United forward Christian Ramirez raced to get behind a long pass on the FC Dallas goal in the first half Friday night.

Loons new formation works well against FC Dallas

United went to a 3-5-2 in Friday's loss to FC Dallas.
Minnesota United midfielder Collin Martin

Loons midfielder Martin comes out publicly that he's gay

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.
FC Dallas forward Maximiliano Urruti and United defender Michael Boxall (battle for the ball in front of the FC Dallas goal on Friday.

Loons reach halfway point in season, fall 1-0 to FC Dallas

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.
Minnesota United has been dedicated to publicly including the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community since the current owners

Loons extend effort in supporting diversity

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
Minnesota United head coach Adrian Heath

Heath threatens roster moves if Loons road woes continue

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.
Minnesota United midfielder Alexi Gomez (32) reacted after his team’s 2-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo. The Loons have not won a game at Houston�

Watch at 7:30 p.m.: Loons vs. Houston in U.S. Open Cup round of 16

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’s Francisco Calvo, Minnesota United’s captain, will realize a lifelong dream when he plays at the World Cup.

Loons captain Calvo ready to kick it on the world stage for Costa Rica

Costa Rica, with Minnesota United captain Francisco Calvo on board, will open its World Cup campaign 7 a.m. Sunday against Serbia.
Flags with the logo of the World Cup 2018 are displayed with the St. Basil's Cathedral in the background, in Moscow, Russia, Monday, June 4, 2018. The

In World Cup, Loons root, root, root for their home teams

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.
United States head coach Dave Sarachan watches DeAndre Yedlin (2) throw-in the ball during the second half of an international friendly soccer match a

Failing grade: College soccer seen as culprit in USA missing World Cup

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.
Minnesota United and defender Brent Kallman, above, suffered a tough loss Sunday, and will need to regroup and have their heads in the game for a U.S.

Minnesota United tries to rebound against future MLS foe Cincinnati

A U.S. Open Cup game against a hungry FC Cincinnati team awaits.
Parker Ehrreich, 12, has the same kind of cancer Matt Lampson had as a teenager. During this visit, Lampson eventually coaxed a smile out of him.

Lampson's heroes: Helping young cancer patients personal

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
Sporting Kansas City midfielder Yohan Croizet, left, and Minnesota United midfielder Rasmus Schuller struggled for the ball during the first half of a

'Nowhere near good enough.' Loons dominated 4-1 at Sporting KC

Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath said his ninth-place squad doesn't have the mental toughness to succeed away from TCF Bank Stadium.
Minnesota United defender Michael Boxall (15)

Loons' Boxall's tenacity worthy of captain's armband

Boxall wore the Loons' captain's armband for the first time Sunday with his defense partner Francisco Calvo away for the World Cup.
Michael Boxall found out he would be captaining Minnesota United starting this week the usual way: while he was getting a haircut.

Boxall is awarded Loons' captaincy

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 midfielder Darwin Quintero sent the ball up the field in the first half.

Loons end homestand with 2-0 shutout over Montreal

United went 3-2-1 in this home-game-heavy stand and is now 5-7-1 on the season.
United goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth

Loons keeper Shuttleworth prefers team success to league recognition

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."
Minnesota United midfielder Collin Martin, going over Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza on Sunday, could pair with Maximiano for Saturday

Injuries make youthful new midfield possible for Minnesota United's next match

Despite injuries, the Loons have some depth at the position.
Loons defender Jerome Thiesson (3) defended against Sporting KC’s Johnny Russell during Sunday’s game at TCF Bank Stadium.

Sellout crowd sees Loons hold on for 1-1 tie with Kansas City

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.
Sporting Kansas City midfielder Yohan Croizet (10) and Minnesota United midfielder Rasmus Schuller (20) collided late in Sunday’s match. Both player

Mounting injuries become a concern for Loons

Rasmus Schuller was the latest to go down after he collided with Yohan Croizet late in Sunday's match.
Loons goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth

Minnesota Loons-Sporting Kansas City gameday preview

United (4-7-0) battles once again with regional rival Kansas City (7-2-2), the first of three regular-season meetings this year.
Sporting Kansas City’s Peter Vermes has been with the franchise since 2000, first as a player, then as an adminstrator and now as coach.

The Loons want to mirror Sporting Kansas City's evolution as a franchise

But one of the key cogs in Kansas City's success is something hard to re-create, at least immediately.
Tuesday’s announcement of Gold Cup action coming to Minnesota next year was made from under-construction Allianz Field.

Allianz Field set to be new soccer 'fortress' for USMNT

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.
The playmaking of midfielder Darwin Quintero (25) has improved the Minnesota United offense.

Minnesota United starting to develop some chemistry up front

Darwin Quintero and Alexi Gomez are jelling with Loons mainstays Christian Ramirez and Miguel Ibarra.
Minnesota United defender Michael Boxall questioned an official's call after Earthquakes midfielder Florian Jungwirth went down challenging a head bal

United's 3-1 loss to San Jose goes from bad to worse

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 head coach Adrian Heath reacted from the sidelines to an official's call in the first half.

Loons' players, coach, fans voice displeasure over calls vs. San Jose

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 fans stood bundled up in the stands prior to the start of the first half.

Loons, far away from big-time attention, focus on growing local market

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.
Minnesota head coach Adrian Heath

Defensive lapses lead to Loons shutout loss vs. LAFC

A pair of first-half goals stood up for expansion side LAFC on Wednesday night, scoring in the 31st and 37th minute.

Calvo could miss a month with Loons while playing in World Cup

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.
Jerome Thiesson of Minnesota United got off a shot in the first half against Vancouver on Saturday.

'11 people down': Loons depleted in midst of busy three-game stretch

Of all the times for Minnesota United to be considerably understaffed, this week might be one of the worst.
The Loons' Francisco Calvo battled Vancouver's Kendall Waston (left) and Sean Franklin

Undermanned Loons hang on to beat Vancouver 1-0

Starter Mason Toye drew a red card in the 50th minute, but minutes later Miguel Ibarra scored the game's only goal.

Woodbury's Miller makes Minnesota United FC debut

Eric Miller lasted about 80 minutes in the Loons' 1-0 victory over Vancouver before exiting with a cramp.
Loons forward Christian Ramirez suffered a right hamstring strain in the first half Saturday against the Houston Dynamo.

Losing while winning: United's Ramirez latest key player injured

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.
United midfielder Darwin Quintero scores on a penalty kick against the Houston Dynamo

Loons snap losing streak with home win over Houston

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.
Minnesota United goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth (33) made a save off a corner kick in the first half Saturday against the Houston Dynamo.

Loons stick with Bobby Shuttleworth in goal

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.
Loons captain Francisco Calvo, right, expects his team to start winning with five of the next six matches at home. “The calm is going to come back,�

Loons vow change after falling behind early too often this season

Foes have outscored Minnesota United 10-1 in the first half this season.
Minnesota United midfielder Ethan Finlay (13).

Minnesota United's Ethan Finlay out for season with torn ACL

The winger is the second Loons player to be felled by the same knee injury this season.
Darwin Quintero stood Amos Magee, left, MNUFC director of player personnel and coach Adrian Heath at the news conference where he was introduced Monda

Darwin Quintero brings soccer swagger to overlooked Minnesota United

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.
Minnesota United midfielder Ibson (7) went down as he tried to settle a long pass in front of the Atlanta United goal in the second half.

After maddening loss, Loons get two weeks to chill

Minnesota United will have to wait two weeks before it can do its talking on the pitch. But in the meantime, there's some self-reflection to do.
Darwin Quintero, greeted by Minnesota United fans when he arrived Wednesday at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, has signed with the team.

Minnesota United signs its first designated player, Darwin Quintero

The high-profile acquisition is expected to attend but not play in the Loons' game Saturday night at TCF Bank Stadium against Atlanta United.
Darwin Quintero, left, posed for a photo with a Loons fan at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Quintero is expected to sign soon with Minnes

Loons step up, paying big for Colombian star Darwin Quintero

After failing at first, Minnesota United tried again, and the Loons will likely have their first high-profile signing within the week.
The Loons’ Sam Nicholson dribbled the ball in a 3-0 loss against the New York Red Bulls.

Heath: New personnel no excuse for Loons ugly loss

Injury-depleted Minnesota United lost 3-0 to New York Red Bulls on Saturdays, causing winger Ethan Finlay to remark: 'I thought we had left this in 2017.'
Minnesota United goalkeeper Matt Lampson looked for an open teammate to throw the ball to after making a save in the first half Saturday.

Minnesota United defense is taking shape

New Loons goalkeeper Matt Lampson said, "These past two games have been some of the best defensive team efforts I've seen."
Minnesota United defender Tyrone Mears (4) dove to clear the ball as Chicago Fire forward Luis Solignac (9) went in for a shot on Minnesota United goa

Loons send fans home happy with victory in TCF Bank opener

Despite the loss of star Kevin Molino, the Loons held off the Chicago Fire in front of 23,000.
United head coach Adrian Heath

Loons continue push to add to roster

"We've said all along that if the right players became available, we'd try to do it," Minnesota United FC coach Adrian Heath said.
A snowy first: Minnesota United super fans, Dark Clouds and True North Elite members, packed into the supporters section behind the goal for the home

Big, loud Loons crowds make for a happy (and temporary) home

Another strong showing is expected for Minnesota United's second (and final) TCF Bank Stadium opener Saturday. And the forecast is for friendlier weather this time.
United midfielder Kevin Molino scored the Loons’ first two goals of the season against San Jose. His injury leaves a big void in the Loons’ offens

Loons star Molino likely lost for the season after knee injury

Star midfielder Kevin Molino tore the ACL in his left knee in Saturday's victory over Orlando City and will most likely be out for the remainder of the season.
Loons rookie forward Mason Toye made an impact in his MLS debut Saturday night, helping to set up Ethan Finlay’s winning goal in a 3-2 victory at Or

Rookie Toye figures it out in first game for Loons

Mason Toye came through in the teen's MLS debut.
Minnesota United midfielder Kevin Molino (18) flies through the air as Orlando City goalkeeper Joseph Bendik (1) makes a save during the first half of

Molino injury puts damper on Loons' first win

The scene on the pitch after Minnesota United beat Orlando City 2-1 on Saturday was the picture of relief, thanks to a hard-fought game that neither injuries nor adversity could derail for United against coach Adrian Heath's former club.
Minnesota United forward Christian Ramirez (21) looks to an official for a call after a collision during the second half of an MLS soccer match agains

Ramirez back in as a starter for the Loons

Minnesota United's leading scorer from last season started last weekend's opener at San Jose on the bench before coming in for injured Abu Danladi in the first half.
Adrian Heath’s passionate outbursts made him a crowd favorite before he was let go in Orlando.

Loons gearing up for Adrian Heath's emotional return to Orlando

The Loons coach was ousted in 2016, before Orlando's new stadium was built.
San Jose midfielder Vako, right, celebrated after scoring a goal past Minnesota United goalkeeper Matthew Lampson during the first half Saturday night

Minnesota United seeks to build on good after defensive errors sink season opener

Miscues put the Loons in a hole in their second season opener, a loss at San Jose.
Minnesota United’s Tyrone Mears, head coach Adrian Heath, and Christian Ramirez

Year Two crew: Loons must bridge gap from first MLS season to new stadium

Minnesota United FC has done a lot of work to avoid a dropoff in Year Two of the MLS, a season that won't have the fresh shine of a first-year in a new league and still waiting for the doors to open on a new stadium.
Mason Toye (8)

Minnesota United adds three SuperDraft picks to 2018 roster

Forward Mason Toye, center back Wyatt Omsberg and right back Carter Manley will join the club for its second season of MLS play.
Minnesota United midfielder Rasmus Schuller (20) steals the ball from Columbus Crew midfielder Cristian Martinez (18) during the first half Saturday

Loons drop final preseason match 2-0 to Columbus Crew SC

Coach Adrian Heath called Saturday's effort "good in patches."
Minnesota United midfielder Kevin Molino, during a game last season.

Heath changes approach, Loons draw 1-1 with Atlanta in preseason match

Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath is experimenting with lineups during the lead up to the March 3 MLS opener at San Jose.

Minnesota United signs Brazilian midfielder Luiz Fernando

No timetable was set for the 22-year-old to join the club, though coach Adrian Heath said he hopes it's soon.
The Capitals' Tom Wilson (43) celebrates a goal as the Wild's Jared Spurgeon (46), goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) and Matt Dumba (24) react

Wild's franchise-record home points streak ends with 5-2 loss to Washington

The Capitals on Thursday handed the Wild just its fifth regulation home loss at Xcel Energy Center this season, and first since Dec. 13.
Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin

Stopping Ovechkin always a concern for opponents

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin won the NHL All-Star competition for hardest shot this year, posting a 101.3-mph strike that made him the first forward since 2002 to garner the title.
Minnesota United FC drew a standing-room crowd when it unveiled its 2018 uniform design Sunday at the Mall of America.

Minnesota United FC draws a big crowd for uniform unveiling

Fan base's turnout at the Mall of America is seen as a sign of the Loons' relevancy.
Vegas goaltender Malcolm Subban was unable to make the save as Wild center Eric Staal put the puck in past him in the first period.

Wild takes advantage of sluggish Vegas in another home victory

With Friday night's win over the Golden Knights, the Wild is 8-0-2 at home since the holiday break.
Minnesota Wild right wing Nino Niederreiter

Niederreiter's return puts Wild at full strength

For just the third game this season, the Wild was at full strength. The mark came Friday against the Vegas Golden Knights, when Nino Niederreiter returned to the lineup.
ESPN coordinating director Mike Feinberg called Crystal Court a very unique space for all of its sight lines. “Even from above, people can see us.�

ESPN takes up shop in the IDS Center

Lunchtime in the Crystal Court was even busier than usual Wednesday. People crowded the floor and lined up along the skyway railings, smartphones raised to…
GameStop at the Mall of America was a hot spot to do some Eagle watching — indoor style — Sunday.

GameStop at Mall of America turned into Eagles' stop Sunday

After a series of six calls, a voice mail, an e-mail exchange and two walks to the Mall of America's GameStop store, the Star Tribune…
The Treasure Island Center building had its grand opening on Tuesday in St. Paul. Here, workers were putting the finishing touches on the exterior.

Wild players rave about their new practice space

The six-floor Treasure Island Center on the site of the former Macy's building in downtown St. Paul sports the rink on the fifth floor, a wall of windows on one side.
Minnesota United held its first day of preseason training Tuesday at the National Sports Center in Blaine. Here (left to right) Carter Manley, Tyrone

Minnesota United starts preseason training with one foot down

The additions reported to work in good condition.
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