Minnesota United FC’s hopes for a spring season title got a big boost Saturday night, but the Loons couldn’t capitalize on it.
The New York Cosmos, needing a victory to clinch and secure a spot in the playoffs, lost 2-1 at Fort Lauderdale.
That meant the Loons, whose match started later, could have moved into second place with a win over Rayo OKC in Oklahoma City. Alas, Rayo OKC won 1-0 on Tyler Gibson’s goal in the 70th minute.
The Cosmos might not win the NASL spring title now in the bunched standings, but United (4-4-1) is out of the chase after its third NASL loss in a row.
Rayo OKC had a 5-2 edge in shots on goal.
Burnham in final again
Sarah Burnham of Rush Creek will play Olivia Herrick of Manitou Ridge on Sunday for the MWPGA Match Play Championship at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids.
It will be a rematch of the 2015 final which Burnham, who will be a junior at Michigan State this fall, won 2 and 1 for her second consecutive title.
Herrick is also two-time champion in this event. It will be her third final in four years.
In Saturday’s semifinals, Burnham beat Lexi Bollant of Wild Marsh 3 and 2 and Herrick beat three-time champion Leigh Klasse of Keller 3 and 1.
Saints lose at Laredo
After trailing by three runs, the Laredo Lemurs rallied to beat the visiting St. Paul Saints 4-3. Alonzo Harris drove in all the Saints’ runs with a two-run single and a solo homer.
• Righthander reliever Benji Waite signed with the Saints. He pitched last season with the Winnipeg Goldeyes and the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.
Silver for U gymnast
Gophers gymnast Justin Karstadt finished second in the all-around Friday in the Canadian Championships in Edmonton, Alberta, with a score of 83,800, only .150 behind winner Jackson Payne.
Karstadt, of Toronto, will be a sophomore this fall.
Dungey places high
Ryan Dungey of Belle Plaine finished second in the first moto and fourth in the second at the Thunder Valley National in Lakewood, Colo.
Dungey, a Red Bull KTM factory rider, won last week at Glen Helen.