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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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Third straight shutout, first-minute goal spark Wild past Flyers

Third straight shutout, first-minute goal spark Wild past Flyers

Devan Dubnyk extended his team-record streak of shutout minutes and Nino Niederreiter tied a record by scoring 12 seconds into Tuesday night's game at the X.
Wild's Coyle back on skates five weeks after breaking leg

Wild's Coyle back on skates five weeks after breaking leg

The veteran forward has no timetable for return to lineup.
Jason Zucker is the Wild's big daddy of scoring

Jason Zucker is the Wild's big daddy of scoring

The Wild winger has the chance to equal, or even break, the NHL record for consecutive goals against Philadelphia at the X.
Gophers open women's basketball season with 107-73 rout of Lehigh

Gophers open women's basketball season with 107-73 rout of Lehigh

Minnesota opened the game on an 18-2 run, and cruised to its ninth straight season-opening victory.
Nebraska humbled by Gophers' beatdown; questions continue to surround Riley's future

Nebraska humbled by Gophers' beatdown; questions continue to surround Riley's future

Gophers' blowout victory intensifies an already hot seat under Nebraska coach Mike Riley
JD Spielman returns to Minnesota as Nebraska's new dynamic weapon

JD Spielman returns to Minnesota as Nebraska's new dynamic weapon

JD Spielman's first collegiate touch was a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in Nebraska's season-opening victory against Arkansas State.
'Hey, Doc. I'd love to talk': When athletes work on their mental game

'Hey, Doc. I'd love to talk': When athletes work on their mental game

Kyle Gibson of the Twins credits a sports psychology professional with helping to turn around his 2017 season, and other Minnesota athletes have worked on their mental game since they were teenagers.
Two late goals send Chicago to 2-0 victory over Wild

Two late goals send Chicago to 2-0 victory over Wild

The season's longest homestand ended with a tough loss and 3-3 record.
Orono stays undefeated in semifinal, faces Mahtomedi in girls 1A soccer title match

Orono stays undefeated in semifinal, faces Mahtomedi in girls 1A soccer title match

The Spartans will put 19-0 record on line for title vs. Mahtomedi.
Goal by goalie highlights Wild practice in Bloomington

Goal by goalie highlights Wild practice in Bloomington

Two-on-two drill gives Alex Stalock his moment at Bloomington workout.
Wild's Zucker receives congratulations, advice after birth of son

Wild's Zucker receives congratulations, advice after birth of son

Jason Zucker and wife Carly welcomed Hendrix Scott Zucker, 7 pounds and 19 inches, on Friday, joining Carly's 7-year-old daughter Sophia in the family.
Wild savors win over Islanders – briefly

Wild savors win over Islanders – briefly

After a victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday, lighthearted moods were allowable for the Wild. But coach Bruce Boudreau doesn't want it to linger - especially with Pittsburgh on deck.
Loons holding exit interviews. How many exits will be permanent?

Loons holding exit interviews. How many exits will be permanent?

After finishing with the fourth worst record in MLS, coach Adrian Heath expects United's roster turnover could be from five to seven players before the team's second season.
Season-ending loss in San Jose a snapshot of Loons' debut season

Season-ending loss in San Jose a snapshot of Loons' debut season

"It's a microcosm of the season. Sloppy giveaways, poor decision-making in our own half and then the ball ends up in the back of the net," coach Adrian Heath said of Sunday's loss.
Minnesota United finds its wings in its inaugural MLS season

Minnesota United finds its wings in its inaugural MLS season

Predictably, the first MLS season was not pretty at times, but Minnesota United proved it is in this for the long haul.
Wild's Foligno set to play, will wear protective cage

Wild's Foligno set to play, will wear protective cage

Marcus Foligno returned to practice for the first time since last week's game at Chicago, where a fight with John Hayden gave the winger a facial fracture that required minor surgery.
Loons players with California roots glad to return

Loons players with California roots glad to return

Minnesota United expects to have a few hundred fans at Sunday's match vs. the L.A. Galaxy.
Coyle out 6-8 weeks with broken leg; Neiderreiter, Foligno also out

Coyle out 6-8 weeks with broken leg; Neiderreiter, Foligno also out

Charlie Coyle suffered a broken leg Thursday night in Chicago, and had surgery Friday. Marcus Foligno has a left facial fracture incurred in a fight while Nino Neiderreiter has a high left ankle sprain.
'How far have we regressed?' Loons stunned by World Cup failure

'How far have we regressed?' Loons stunned by World Cup failure

"My generation, this was our generation for the World Cup," Minnesota United winger Ethan Finlay said of the United States being knocked out of the 2018 tournament.
Wild's 'great leader' Stewart keeps scoring in style

Wild's 'great leader' Stewart keeps scoring in style

Veteran winger Chris Stewart is a proven leader in the locker room and on the ice. Through two games, Stewart leads the Wild with two goals and an assist.
Parise adds intrigue to injury, might be 'out of the woods'

Parise adds intrigue to injury, might be 'out of the woods'

Parise skated with the Wild on Monday at Xcel Energy Center. But there's no timetable for his return to game action.
Minnesota United promises a determined finish to their season

Minnesota United promises a determined finish to their season

Players have two games to state cases for next season.
Atlanta United soccer sets new standard for first-year success on and off the pitch

Atlanta United soccer sets new standard for first-year success on and off the pitch

Minnesota United's fellow expansion team has not only clinched a playoff spot but set an attendance record to help brand itself in its market.
Loons players, coaches impressed by fans in first MLS season

Loons players, coaches impressed by fans in first MLS season

Ahead of United's last home match of the year, the club anticipated its fourth consecutive lower-bowl sellout and sixth consecutive crowd of more than 20,000.

Loons coach says there's lot to play for in final matches

While Minnesota United's slim playoff hopes are still clinging to life, coach Adrian Heath has remained adamant that these last few matches of the Loons' inaugural MLS season are very important regardless.
Loons win wild comeback victory over Atlanta

Loons win wild comeback victory over Atlanta

Down 2-1 in stoppage time, the Loons scored twice against their fellow expansion side to steal a road victory.
Loons have extra motivation against Atlanta after awful showing in opener

Loons have extra motivation against Atlanta after awful showing in opener

Of the 18 players with Minnesota United when it lost 6-1 to MLS' other expansion team in their opening game, only four are still regular starters.
Elk River's Emma Bates inspired to run TC 10 Mile for late dad, grandma

Elk River's Emma Bates inspired to run TC 10 Mile for late dad, grandma

Emma Bates' father watched her run last year's 10 Mile online shortly before dying of a lung disease
Ability to bounce back is sign of maturity for Loons' Danladi

Ability to bounce back is sign of maturity for Loons' Danladi

Abu Danladi is keeping his head up, even after missed chances.
Brennan Menell works from obscurity to NHL contract with Wild

Brennan Menell works from obscurity to NHL contract with Wild

After developing in the Western Hockey League, the high scoring defenseman gets a shot in the organization after not making his high school team as a sophomore.
Loons' Miguel Ibarra 'in a completely different place'

Loons' Miguel Ibarra 'in a completely different place'

Ibarra has started the past two comeback victories, including Saturday's 4-1 result against FC Dallas, when the winger scored the go-ahead goal.
Dynamic duo: Ennis, Spurgeon reunited on Wild and loving it

Dynamic duo: Ennis, Spurgeon reunited on Wild and loving it

Childhood pals Tyler Ennis and Jared Spurgeon are thrilled for a chance to play together again.
Wild concerned about even-strength play

Wild concerned about even-strength play

Penalties have kept team on the power play or penalty kill a lot this preseason, taking away needed 5-on-5 situations.

Ramirez, Burch trying to work out kinks for Loons

Christian Ramirez and Marc Burch had missed a combined 17 matches before they both returned to the starting lineup a week ago.
Loons hire Wright as CEO

Loons hire Wright as CEO

Wright was the Wolves and Lynx president.
Canada coast to coast: Loons set off on 5,430-mile road trip

Canada coast to coast: Loons set off on 5,430-mile road trip

Minnesota United will play at Vancouver and Montreal in a four-day span. Or as coach Adrian Heath called it, a "tough week."
Finlay nets equalizer as Loons draw 1-1 with Philadelphia

Finlay nets equalizer as Loons draw 1-1 with Philadelphia

Duluth native Ethan Finlay scored in his home match debut against Philadelphia, helping the Loons to a draw.
Local Loon: Duluth-born Finlay to play first 'home' match in Minnesota

Local Loon: Duluth-born Finlay to play first 'home' match in Minnesota

Minnesota United winger Ethan Finlay, born in Duluth, was acquired in trade from Columbus a month ago.
Record rout: Twins erupt for 17 runs in shutout over Kansas City

Record rout: Twins erupt for 17 runs in shutout over Kansas City

Saturday night's mammoth victory, the largest shutout in team history, allowed the Twins to go plus-1 on the season in run differential — scoring 669 runs, giving up 668.
Castro's return to Twins could be next

Castro's return to Twins could be next

Catcher Jason Castro suffered a concussion Aug. 23 after taking two foul balls off his mask and has been on the seven-day DL ever since.
Danladi finally hitting his stride for Loons

Danladi finally hitting his stride for Loons

The rookie has taken over for Loons' leading scorer.
Chicago's quick MLS rise shows Loons it can be done

Chicago's quick MLS rise shows Loons it can be done

After a pair of last-place finishes, the Fire is "the surprise of the year" in the MLS, done by spending its money wisely on designated players.
United looks to build on positives in last-minute loss

United looks to build on positives in last-minute loss

In a lot of ways, how the Loons ended Sunday's match at the Seattle Sounders was truly indicative of Minnesota's inaugural season as a whole.
Loons' Jome working hard to learn new position

Loons' Jome working hard to learn new position

Former Prairie Seeds player Ish Jome is starting for United at left back.
With many positives, is Minneapolis destined for a World Cup host site?

With many positives, is Minneapolis destined for a World Cup host site?

The United Bid Committee of the United States, Mexico and Canada will know by June 2018 whether it will be the host of the 2026 World Cup. Minneapolis is one of 44 cities considered as a host site.
Minneapolis to seek World Cup soccer at U.S. Bank Stadium

Minneapolis to seek World Cup soccer at U.S. Bank Stadium

The Vikings' home, which played host to an international friendly last summer, is one of 49 stadiums identified by a three-nation bid committee as a possible site for the 2026 World Cup.
Stadium takes shape: Loons making decisions from scoreboard to sod

Stadium takes shape: Loons making decisions from scoreboard to sod

At the construction site in St. Paul, a central tower crane has taken up residence and the hole for Minnesota United's soccer stadium is about 40 to 50 percent dug
Repeating soccer success remains an elusive task for Loons

Repeating soccer success remains an elusive task for Loons

The Loons have yet to win back-to-back MLS games.
Loons turn to Danladi in Ramirez's absence

Loons turn to Danladi in Ramirez's absence

Rookie forward Abu Danladi started in Ramirez's place on Saturday and coach Adrian Heath noted there was a difference.
Loons' Kyndra de St. Aubin breaks down soccer with ease

Loons' Kyndra de St. Aubin breaks down soccer with ease

The broadcast color analyst, the only woman who is a team-employed TV color analyst in MLS, is back home, explaining even the sport's intricacies with a comfortable style.
Minnesota United rebounds in a big way with victory over D.C.

Minnesota United rebounds in a big way with victory over D.C.

Struggling D.C. United serves as a salve for the Loons.
United has been playing from 'behind' from the start

United has been playing from 'behind' from the start

With match 22 of 34 total Saturday, the Loons are still chasing their metaphorical feathered tails when it comes to competitiveness and relevancy. And a large reason behind that is time.
Midfielder Molino living up to promise with Minnesota United FC

Midfielder Molino living up to promise with Minnesota United FC

Two-assist game delivers on Loons' big expectations.
Minnesota United stadium name goes global in deal with Allianz

Minnesota United stadium name goes global in deal with Allianz

The club and insurance company Allianz Life announced a multi-year partnership Tuesday morning at United's offices in Golden Valley.
United FC sees silver lining in match with last-place D.C.

United FC sees silver lining in match with last-place D.C.

The Loons expect to have added depth before their next match.
Coach Adrian Heath urges press to address questionable calls

Coach Adrian Heath urges press to address questionable calls

Adrian Heath had a pretty off-brand request in his postmatch news conference Saturday. Instead of giving his opinion on three possible penalties, the Minnesota United coach gave the power to the free press.
Three concussions in half-season for United player are 'concerning'

Three concussions in half-season for United player are 'concerning'

United's Joe Greenspan broke his nose and is sidelined by a third concussion of the season already. The Loons have played 20 matches.

United offers its youth teams a chance to share the pitch

After United battled with Houston Dynamo at TCF Bank Stadium on Wednesday, the two squads' Unified teams — comprised of young athletes with and without intellectual disabilities — also played.
United brings now-or-never vibe to start of 'vital' homestand

United brings now-or-never vibe to start of 'vital' homestand

The Loons are desperate for a victory, and four strong showings over the next 17 days - all at home - would put Minnesota in the MLS playoff hunt.
And you are? New players, backups play as United draws with Atlas

And you are? New players, backups play as United draws with Atlas

The Loons started just three regular starters Saturday vs. Atlas FC in an international friendly at TCF Bank Stadium in front of an announced 17,010 fans.
United adds New Zealand national team defender Boxall

United adds New Zealand national team defender Boxall

Michael Boxall started three matches in the recent Confederations Cup and is expected shore up the Loons at center-back.
United adds Scottish national in first of several possible moves

United adds Scottish national in first of several possible moves

Scottish national team wing Sam Nicholson is the first of likely several new additions as the Loons look to bolster their depth for the second half of the MLS season.
Changes coming? United looks to reset, likely with new faces

Changes coming? United looks to reset, likely with new faces

Major League Soccer's secondary transfer window opens Monday and runs through Aug. 9. It allows MLS teams to acquire new players from international transfers or intraleague trades.
Formation changeups no help as United FC falls to Columbus

Formation changeups no help as United FC falls to Columbus

The Loons roster is looking to recharge after opening a long homestand with a loss.
Ibarra hears stern message from United FC coach Heath

Ibarra hears stern message from United FC coach Heath

Despite a depleted roster, Miguel Ibarra didn't start and played only the final minutes.
For Minnesota United, long homestand is an opportunity to build momentum

For Minnesota United, long homestand is an opportunity to build momentum

Loons look for a chance to build some momentum.
United FC learns it's 'a little bit too nice' on the road

United FC learns it's 'a little bit too nice' on the road

Loons coach Adrian Heath has said he doesn't "get enough" out of his players on the road and that those guys are "kidding themselves if they think they're trying as hard as they can."
United scores first, can't hang on in yet another road loss

United scores first, can't hang on in yet another road loss

The Loons jumped out to an early lead on New York City but could not sustain any momentum at Yankee Stadium in a 3-1 loss.
Kevin and Johan Venegas clash with NYC star David Villa

Kevin and Johan Venegas clash with NYC star David Villa

New York City star forward David Villa on Thursday had issues with United's Johan Venegas - but was it the correct player to challenge?
Need for halftime rants is leaving United coach Heath frustrated

Need for halftime rants is leaving United coach Heath frustrated

Not counting own goals, the Loons have scored only five first-half goals; they have 18 in the second half.
Midfielder Johan Venegas returns to Loons starting lineup

Midfielder Johan Venegas returns to Loons starting lineup

He hadn't played since he started the 1-0 win against Orlando City SC on May 27.
Loons rally from two goals down for unsatisfying draw

Loons rally from two goals down for unsatisfying draw

Manager Adrian Heath turned angry at half and remained so at the end.
Loons pick up much-needed home victory, 3-2 over Portland

Loons pick up much-needed home victory, 3-2 over Portland

Rookie Abu Danladi scored the United's third goal in the 64th minute - and later received a red card.
Timbers built their side cleverly given MLS' salary constraints

Timbers built their side cleverly given MLS' salary constraints

MLS teams can use target allocation money to buy down the salaries of players that would be designated players, thus freeing up space to acquire more.
Model franchise? United looks to Kansas City and sees its future

Model franchise? United looks to Kansas City and sees its future

After playing to small crowds in ill-fitting venues, Sporting Kansas City has sold out its stadium for close to 100 games in a row and built a loyal following with a fan-focused approach.
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