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Megan Ryan

Reporter | Minnesota United, MLS
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None
Ryan previously spent two years at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette covering Penn State football, Robert Morris basketball and high school sports. A Minnesota native and Minneapolis resident, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota with a major in journalism and minors in management and global studies. She has lived in Pennsylvania, Texas (covering the real Friday Night Lights for the Dallas Morning News) and New York (as a sports copy editor for a summer through the Dow Jones News Fund).
Recent content from Megan Ryan
Loons midfielder Fernando Bob was ejected in the second half Saturday against the Portland Timbers.

Loons midfielders Bob, Maximiano suspended for next game

Minnesota United players Fernando Bob and Maximiano will both miss the next game with suspensions.
Loons defender Michael Boxall said he “blacked out” Saturday vs. the Timbers as he celebrated his first-half goal, which his fiancée predicted wo

Quick to start, slow to finish: Loons hang on to defeat Portland 3-2

Up 3-0, the Loons allowed two late goals and sustained a red card but secured the victory over the Timbers.
Minnesota United’s Darwin Quintero has emerged as a team leader on offense and with his teammates.

Loons popular designated player Quintero a leader in taking losses hard, too

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.
The Loons’ Wyatt Omsberg, left, battled for the ball with New York Red Bulls’ Florian Valot earlier this season.

United rookie Omsberg gets chance to start in tough road match

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.
English star Wayne Rooney is the latest European veteran to find MLS to his liking.

Minnesota United-D.C. United gameday preview

The Loons, refreshed for their end-of-season push, visit MLS' latest soccer-specific stadium.
Kansas City Royals pitcher Jorge Lopez was perfect through eight innings on Saturday night.

Royals starter Lopez throws eight perfect innings in win vs. Twins

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.
Chase De Jong

De Jong's Twins debut a family affair

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.
J.T. Brown of the Wild says he enjoys the spontaneity of the Battle Royale-style games.

Pro-style obsession: Local athletes flock to Fortnite

The video game sensation Fortnite counts well-paid athletes among its biggest players. "They definitely got me," Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie said.
Minnesota's wide receiver Seth Green faked a handoff to running back Rodney Smith and rushed for a touchdown in the second quarter Minnesota took on N

Secret weapon? Seth Green runs the wildcat, scores twice for Gophers

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.
Minnesota United defender Tyrone Mears, acquired last December, agreed to mutually terminate his contract to help facilitate a move to play soccer clo

Loons sever ties with defender Tyrone Mears

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.
Midfielder Fernando Bob, center, playing with Brazil’s Ponte Preta in a 2015 international friendly at Orlando City, is joining Minnesota United.

Is Bob the answer? Loons sign defensive midfielder from Brazil

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.
Winger Romario Ibarra (11), who signed with the Loons last month, could start against Dallas FC on Saturday.

Formation shift possible for Minnesota United's match at FC Dallas

The Loons might be driven by absences back to a familiar formation.
Gophers wide receiver Tyler Johnson is trying to be a leader among a young group of players at his position. There are no seniors; he is one of three

'Coach Tyler.' North High's Johnson takes on being a boss for Gophers

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.
Brent Kallman has put a full career’s worth into his time with the Minnesota United franchise.

Home-grown Kallman on track for rare one-team career with Loons

Christian Ramirez's departure makes Brent Kallman, from Woodbury, the Loons' only player who hasn't strayed.
Christian Ramirez (left), known to United fans as 'Superman," has been sent to LAFC in a deal that could bring up to $1 million to the Loons.

Loons sell popular Ramirez to LAFC in deal that could fetch $1 million

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.
Minnesota United's Angelo Rodriguez.

What's ahead for Loons after Heath benches leading scorer Ramirez?

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.
Minnesota United forward Carlos Darwin Quintero (25) shoots and scores the game's only first half goal.

Loons strike early before losing crucial match to Seattle

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.
Darwin Quintero (left) and Francisco Calvo

Quintero, Calvo are confident All-Stars

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.
Atlanta United defender Leandro Gonzalez (5) went down as he collided with Minnesota United forward Abu Danladi (9) in the first half.

Danladi turns to veteran teammate Quintero for advice on injuries

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.
A.C. Milan forward Suso (8) took a first-half shot on goal while Tottenham Hotspur defender Anthony Georgiou (42) closed in. Tottenham Hotspur edged A

Hotspur tops A.C. Milan in match that features more youth than stars

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.
Vikings players posed with players from Tottenham Hotspur at the new TCO Performance Center in Eagan.

Tottenham comes to town for match and to boost Vikings relationship

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.
Darwin Quintero has been a standout since joining the Loons in early spring.

Loons scoring leader Quintero added to MLS All-Star roster

The 30-year-old Colombian joined United during the season and has nine goals in 17 games.
Angelo Rodriguez, a 29-year-old Colombian striker, is Minnesota United’s second designated player, a category that means he’s paid more and that m

Angelo Rodriguez, Loons' newest designated player, has plenty to offer

Two designated players give the Loons a double dose of good examples.
Minnesota United midfielder Miguel Ibarra, left, said, “We want to go to the playoffs. We’ve got to win away games.”

Road woes must go for Minnesota United's playoff chances to improve

With only one road win, United desperately needs points away from home to keep MLS playoffs in play.
Loons outside back Jerome Thiesson has been out two months because of a pesky calf injury and endured two setbacks, but says he's nearly ready to retu

Loons outside back Thiesson happy about vigorous workout

He has currently missed nine games, including Sunday's match against LAFC, because of a calf strain.
Goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth reached for a first-half shot against New England. “It puts a lot of pressure on us to win games at home because we ha

Third game in nine days a grind for winning but weary Loons

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.
Minnesota United midfielder Miguel Ibarra (10)

Second Ibarra expected to help Loons (and he won't be confused with team's other Ibarra)

Romario Ibarra arrived for Minnesota United's training Monday and could debut as early as Sunday - with Miguel Ibarra already in tow.
Minnesota United forward Carlos Darwin Quintero watched his first-half shot roll past New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner

Productive first half helps Loons pick up another home victory

It wasn't the smoothest game for Minnesota United but Christian Ramirez and Darwin Quintero provided enough offense before halftime.
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.
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