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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…
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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.
Training camp to open Monday with 27 players on a squad still building.
In his first full season as Vikings offensive coordinator, Pat Shurmur scripted the offense to 11th in the NFL at 358.9 yards per game and seventh in the league with 68 plays of 20 yards or more.
A pair of third-period goals knotted Tuesday's game with Calgary but the Flames picked up the extra point at Xcel Energy Center.
Nino Niederreiter did not play Tuesday against Calgary at Xcel Energy Center. A team spokesman confirmed Niederreiter would be out for the next week with a lower-body injury.
Frantz Pangop, who scored for his native country in a World Cup qualifying game in October, will "get people out of their seats,'' a team official said.
The abundance of star forwards in the Central Division means that Eric Staal could be passed over in favor of defenseman Ryan Suter or goalie Devan Dubnyk.
Loons striker received first call-up to U.S. Soccer camp.
Zach Parise skated in Iowa on Thursday night for the AHL Wild, playing for the first time in eight months.
Alex Stalock has filled in admirably the past seven games and two periods for injured No. 1 Devan Dubnyk and has helped the Wild build up some momentum entering this second half of the season
The veteran Wild forward likely will play Thursday night with the American Hockey League Iowa Wild against the Rockford IceHogs in Des Moines.
Back-and-forth game goes Minnesota's way thanks to strong second period.
Coach Bruce Boudreau said he re-teamed Koivu with winger Mikael Granlund, whom he called the Wild's "best offensive player" and "best playmaker," as a way to generate some success from the center.
Former Gophers star and Team USA Olympian Krissy Wendell said she was a little hesitant at first to accept the invite, even quizzing former teammate Natalie Darwitz about it, as she skated with the Wild last year.
Across all positions and in all four classes — from Minnesota's true freshmen to seniors — there is depth, and at least one standout player.
While his recent play has been up, down and then back up again, goalie Devan Dubnyk said he's ready to even out that volatility.
The Gophers are 28-5 after Saturday's win over Northern Iowa, and one step closer to making a third consecutive trip to the Final Four.
Defenders Kevin Venegas and Justin Davis, who played for the club before its move to MLS, were let go along with Ish Jome, who grew up in Brooklyn Park.
Minnesota, which has been to the Final Four in the last two seasons and is a host for the first two rounds, is in the same bracket as No. 2-ranked Florida.
The Iowa Wild's leading scorer has swagger, and the NHL team wants in on it.
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.
The veteran forward has no timetable for return to lineup.
The Wild winger has the chance to equal, or even break, the NHL record for consecutive goals against Philadelphia at the X.
Minnesota opened the game on an 18-2 run, and cruised to its ninth straight season-opening victory.
Gophers' blowout victory intensifies an already hot seat under Nebraska coach Mike Riley
JD Spielman's first collegiate touch was a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in Nebraska's season-opening victory against Arkansas State.
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.
The season's longest homestand ended with a tough loss and 3-3 record.
The Spartans will put 19-0 record on line for title vs. Mahtomedi.
Two-on-two drill gives Alex Stalock his moment at Bloomington workout.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
Predictably, the first MLS season was not pretty at times, but Minnesota United proved it is in this for the long haul.
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.
Minnesota United expects to have a few hundred fans at Sunday's match vs. the L.A. Galaxy.
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.
"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.
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 skated with the Wild on Monday at Xcel Energy Center. But there's no timetable for his return to game action.
Players have two games to state cases for next season.
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.
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.
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.
Down 2-1 in stoppage time, the Loons scored twice against their fellow expansion side to steal a road victory.
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.
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