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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.
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.
The high-profile acquisition is expected to attend but not play in the Loons' game Saturday night at TCF Bank Stadium against Atlanta United.
After failing at first, Minnesota United tried again, and the Loons will likely have their first high-profile signing within the week.
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.'
New Loons goalkeeper Matt Lampson said, "These past two games have been some of the best defensive team efforts I've seen."
Despite the loss of star Kevin Molino, the Loons held off the Chicago Fire in front of 23,000.
"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.
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.
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.
Mason Toye came through in the teen's MLS debut.
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'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.
The Loons coach was ousted in 2016, before Orlando's new stadium was built.
Miscues put the Loons in a hole in their second season opener, a loss at San Jose.
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.
Forward Mason Toye, center back Wyatt Omsberg and right back Carter Manley will join the club for its second season of MLS play.
Coach Adrian Heath called Saturday's effort "good in patches."
Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath is experimenting with lineups during the lead up to the March 3 MLS opener at San Jose.
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 on Thursday handed the Wild just its fifth regulation home loss at Xcel Energy Center this season, and first since Dec. 13.
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.
Fan base's turnout at the Mall of America is seen as a sign of the Loons' relevancy.
With Friday night's win over the Golden Knights, the Wild is 8-0-2 at home since the holiday break.
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.
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…
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 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.
The additions reported to work in good condition.
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