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Replacing Altman? "It takes a village"

Posted by: Jon Marthaler under Soccer Updated: July 31, 2013 - 12:31 PM

Minnesota United FC has yet to name a permanent captain to replace the now-retired Kyle Altman - but, as far as vice-captain Brian Kallman is concerned, replacing that leadership won't be the work of one man. "It's hard for one person to step in and fill that role," said the 29-year-old defender. "It's like the old saying: it takes a village to raise a village."

Earlier this week, Kallman sat down with five other senior players on the team - goalkeeper Matt Van Oekel, defenders Connor Tobin and Kevin Friedland, midfielder Aaron Pitchkolan, and striker Pablo Campos  -  to try to assemble a leadership committee of sorts, in the hopes of filling that vacuum.

"Between the six of us, we can kind of reach out to the whole team," said Kallman. "Maybe some of the guys won't listen to me, but they will listen to Connor, or maybe some of the guys will listen to me but not to Matt. If I wear the armband on game days, so be it; if not, I’m not going to care. Whether I wear the armband or not, I’m still going to be a leader, I’m still going to work hard and set the tone at training."

Over the past couple of years, United has depended on a close-knit locker room to give themselves an extra boost, and that team togetherness was a big reason that the club had two successful playoff runs. This year, Minnesota brought in a bunch of new players, and Kallman admits that the atmosphere in the locker room was "similar," not the same. "I think there were some locker room issues that were resolved with the trade," he said, referring to the deal that sent Bryan Arguez to Carolina.

"We had a lot of people on board who were willing to buy in," said Kallman. "We’re trying to get it back to where it has been, and I don’t think it’ll be too hard, because most of the guys on the team are going to buy into what we want to do and buy into that locker room culture. If the older guys all hold each other accountable, and hold the team accountable, then I think we’ll be able to manage it. "

It might just be a matter of adding the right players to the squad, and Minnesota has three new ones for the fall - and Kallman is excited about all three. "Sinisa [Ubiparipovic] is as old as I am. He’s played professional soccer for eight years. Calum Mallace is a Minnesota guy, he’s happy to be back here. Floyd Franks is another one, he’s my age as well; he’s been around a long time. He’s very professional. I talked to him yesterday - we were doing fitness, and I was like, 'Man, I don’t ever get to play against you because you’re a center midfielder and I’m an outside back, but I never realized how fast you are.'"

Ubiparipovic, who played one game on loan for the Minnesota Thunder in 2007, might be just as well-placed as the vice-captain to see the changes in the club. Said Kallman, "The club is so much different than it was then. It’s so much more professional. The quality of players is so much higher than we’ve ever had. I don’t even know what our official roster size is, whether it’s 25 or 26 guys; you look around the locker room, and you’re like, any of these guys can play on a given day. Now we just need to figure out how we can get the most out of everyone on the team, and keep pushing each other. Whether you’re a consistent starter, or you haven’t played a minute all season, we just need to make sure we train at a high level. That’s one of the reasons the older veterans got together and were talking on Monday."

For Kallman, the biggest area of improvement for the team can come from playing hard for all 90 minutes - and not switching off in crucial moments, like the first five or last five minutes of a half, or the five minutes after a goal. "If you look at all the games in the first season, we didn’t play horribly," he said. "During games, we were awesome, but all of a sudden we’d hit a five- or a ten-minute period where maybe little bounces weren’t going our way, or we couldn’t keep possession, and then we’d end up giving up a goal. Or [we'd make] a silly mistake at a crucial time. There were times, like in Carolina at the end of the game, we’d give up a goal to tie it up, and instead of being like, hey, listen, it’s going to be a tie now, or we have to push for a win, in five minutes we’re giving up a goal and we’re losing in the last four minutes of a game."

United's first chance to right the ship comes on Saturday against Atlanta. Whether Kallman or one of the other senior players wears the captain's armband matters less; what matters more is that someone - maybe all six  - steps up to lead the team.


Detroit 6:00 PM
Atlanta 6:30 PM
Toronto 6:30 PM
New York
Memphis 7:00 PM
Brooklyn 7:30 PM
Milwaukee 8:00 PM
San Antonio 8:00 PM
Buffalo 3 FINAL
Florida 5
Detroit 4 FINAL
Nashville 3
Carolina 1 2nd Prd
NY Islanders 1
New Jersey 1 2nd Prd
Columbus 0
Arizona 0 1st Prd 10:18
Boston 1
Toronto 6:00 PM
NY Rangers 7:00 PM
Minnesota 9:00 PM
St. Louis 9:00 PM
Ottawa 9:00 PM
San Jose
Kennesaw St 75 FINAL
Lipscomb 94
Navy 57 FINAL
Loyola-Maryland 47
Bucknell 71 FINAL
American Univ 69
NC State 63 FINAL
Boston College 79
East Carolina 71 FINAL
UCF 66
Georgia Tech 63 FINAL
Clemson 70
Lehigh 55 FINAL
Colgate 61
Louisville 81 FINAL
Florida State 59
Missouri 44 FINAL
Georgia 68
Army 64 FINAL
Lafayette 74
Michigan 56 FINAL
Maryland 66
Georgetown 70 FINAL
St Johns 81
Rhode Island 59 FINAL
La Salle 56
Western Carolina 67 FINAL
Citadel 54
Nebraska Omaha 87 FINAL
Maine 56 FINAL
New Hampshire 65
Samford 80 FINAL
Va Military 69
Presbyterian 53 FINAL
Winthrop 80
Utah State 74 FINAL
Air Force 60
Vermont 73 FINAL
Albany 79
Binghamton 76
Indiana State 60 FINAL
Bradley 52
Butler 67 FINAL
DePaul 53
Illinois State 69 FINAL
Evansville 67
Wright State 46 FINAL
Ill-Chicago 61
Fla Gulf Coast 67 FINAL
Jacksonville 75
Ole Miss 63 FINAL
LSU 73
North Carolina 73 FINAL
Miami-Florida 64
Wagner 64 FINAL
Mount St Marys 74
Oklahoma 67
Delaware 65 FINAL
Towson 60
Cincinnati 63 FINAL
Tulane 47
Dayton 59 FINAL
VA Commonwealth 55
Northern Iowa 60 FINAL
Wichita State 74
Drexel 80 FINAL
William & Mary 66
Oakland 63 FINAL
Green Bay 83
Villanova 78 FINAL
Xavier 66
Campbell 65 FINAL
Longwood 70
Sarah Lawrence 55 FINAL
Middle Tennessee 94 3rd OT 0:38
UAB 98
UNC-Asheville 95 FINAL
Liberty 77
Southern Utah 71 FINAL
North Dakota 65
Utah Valley U 44 FINAL
Chicago State 65
Appalachian St 66
Bowling Green 62 FINAL
Miami-Ohio 57
Long Island 70 2nd Half 1:08
Sacred Heart 80
West Virginia 55 2nd Half 6:25
Baylor 73
Holy Cross 72 2nd Half 0:58
Boston Univ 66
MD-Eastern Shore 51 2nd Half 9:06
Delaware State 54
Wofford 53 2nd Half 1:19
Furman 45
Montana State 57 2nd Half 6:06
Idaho 65
Hofstra 59 2nd Half 5:22
James Madison 70
Iowa State 66 2nd Half 0:44
Kansas State 68
Arkansas 47 2nd Half 8:00
Kentucky 78
Missouri State 51 2nd Half 2:01
Loyola-Chicago 62
Fordham 70 2nd Half 2:02
Massachusetts 75
Nicholls 68 2nd Half 1:03
McNeese State 66
East Tenn St 59 2nd Half 4:30
Mercer 57
Coppin State 51 2nd Half
Morgan State 43
San Diego 63 2nd Half 3:10
Portland 50
Gardner-Webb 61 2nd Half 1:16
Radford 72
St Francis-PA 57 2nd Half 0:35
Robert Morris 57
Duquesne 66 2nd Half 2:53
St Bonaventure 77
Creighton 66 2nd Half 0:30
Seton Hall 65
Oklahoma State 52 2nd Half 4:03
Texas Tech 52
Alabama 64 2nd Half 0:14
Vanderbilt 70
Virginia Tech 48 2nd Half 1:45
Virginia 64
Bethune-Cookman 42 2nd Half 8:02
NC Central 55
St Francis-NY 44 2nd Half 6:26
Bryant 51
Drake 52 2nd Half 1:09
Southern Ill 60
High Point 44 2nd Half 15:49
Char Southern 37
Central Conn St 36 2nd Half 10:09
Fair-Dickinson 48
Eastern Mich 48 2nd Half 11:20
Western Mich 46
Texas 31 1st Half 0:20
Kansas 31
Chattanooga 25 1st Half 0:20
UNC Greensboro 27
SE Louisiana 18 1st Half 7:49
Central Arkansas 18
South Dakota St 34 2nd Half
South Dakota 44
Montana 42 2nd Half
Eastern Wash 39
Georgia State 24 1st Half 8:27
Troy 11
Old Dominion 8 1st Half 13:13
North Texas 13
Arkansas State 3 1st Half 12:13
Texas State 17
Texas Southern 5:00 PM
Alabama State
Tennessee St 5:00 PM
Princeton 5:00 PM
Dartmouth 5:00 PM
Tennessee 5:00 PM
Jacksonville St 5:00 PM
Morehead State
San Jose St 5:00 PM
Florida A&M 5:00 PM
Iowa 5:00 PM
Penn State
Loyola Marymount 5:00 PM
Miss State 5:00 PM
South Carolina
Savannah State 5:00 PM
SC State
Miss Valley St 5:30 PM
Jackson State
Alcorn State 5:30 PM
Southern U
Prairie View 6:00 PM
Alabama A&M
Harvard 6:00 PM
George Washington 6:00 PM
Syracuse 6:00 PM
Tenn Tech 6:00 PM
Eastern Ky
UNC-Wilmington 6:00 PM
Stony Brook 6:00 PM
Hampton 6:00 PM
Northwestern 6:00 PM
Western Ill 6:00 PM
IUPU-Ft Wayne
Buffalo 6:00 PM
Kent State
Incarnate Word 6:00 PM
Cal State Fullerton 6:00 PM
Long Beach State
TX-San Antonio 6:00 PM
Louisiana Tech
Fla Atlantic 6:00 PM
Richmond 6:00 PM
Saint Josephs
George Mason 6:00 PM
Saint Louis
Austin Peay 6:00 PM
SE Missouri St
Murray State 6:00 PM
UT Martin
Ball State 6:00 PM
Penn 6:00 PM
Milwaukee 6:00 PM
Youngstown St
Stetson 6:00 PM
North Florida
USC Upstate 6:00 PM
Northern Ky
Grand Canyon 6:05 PM
Abilene Christian 6:15 PM
New Orleans
Northeastern 7:00 PM
Coll of Charleston
Tulsa 7:00 PM
Wyoming 7:00 PM
Central Mich 7:00 PM
Northern Ill
Denver 7:00 PM
Oral Roberts
Charlotte 7:00 PM
Boise State 7:00 PM
San Diego St
St Marys-CA 7:00 PM
Santa Clara
Texas-El Paso 7:00 PM
Southern Miss
Sam Houston St 7:00 PM
New Mexico St 7:00 PM
TX-Pan American
FIU 7:00 PM
Western Ky
Stephen F Austin 7:00 PM
Houston Baptist
Ga Southern 7:15 PM
Ark-Little Rock 7:15 PM
Grambling St 7:30 PM
Ark-Pine Bluff
Auburn 7:30 PM
Texas A&M
Arizona 8:00 PM
Northern Ariz 8:00 PM
Northern Colorado
UC Davis 0 1st Half
Cal Poly 0
New Mexico 9:00 PM
Fresno State
BYU 9:00 PM
Pacific 9:00 PM
San Francisco
Idaho State 9:00 PM
Weber State
Sacramento St 9:05 PM
Portland State
UC Riverside 9:30 PM
Washington 9:30 PM
CS-Bakersfield 9:30 PM
UC Irvine 10:59 PM
UC Santa Barbara
Michigan 60 FINAL
Illinois 72
Lipscomb 57 FINAL
Kennesaw St 75
North Florida 45 FINAL
Stetson 77
Samford 65 FINAL
Mercer 70
Liberty 64 FINAL
Campbell 57
North Texas 48 FINAL
Old Dominion 70
St Francis-NY 62 FINAL
Bryant 52
St Francis-PA 58 FINAL
Robert Morris 73
Long Island 71 FINAL
Sacred Heart 78
Sam Houston St 52 FINAL
TX A&M-CC 60
Kent State 59 FINAL
Miami-Ohio 66
Appalachian St 80
Boston U 62 FINAL
Holy Cross 76
Nicholls 73 FINAL
McNeese State 68
Akron 80 FINAL
Buffalo 87
Ball State 50 FINAL
Western Mich 51
MD-Eastern Shore 68 FINAL
Delaware State 61
Northern Ill 52 FINAL
Eastern Michigan 60
Bowling Green 47 FINAL
Ohio U 67
Central Michigan 53 FINAL
Toledo 62
Coppin State 55 FINAL
Morgan State 73
Bethune-Cookman 50 FINAL
NC Central 33
Central Conn St 77 FINAL
Fairleigh Dickinson 56
Memphis 24 FINAL
(1) Connecticut 87
Georgia Tech 67 FINAL
Wake Forest 60
East Carolina 69 FINAL
Temple 79
Fairfield 72 FINAL
Manhattan 54
Niagara 53 FINAL
Iona 81
Marist 65 FINAL
Rider 56
Michigan State 61 FINAL
Purdue 56
Northern Ky 83 FINAL
USC Upstate 60
East Tenn St 42 FINAL
(18) Chattanooga 64
Furman 70 FINAL
Wofford 53
Longwood 58 FINAL
Charleston Southern 51
UNC-Asheville 87 FINAL
Coastal Carolina 53
Winthrop 60 FINAL
Presbyterian 53
Western Ill 75 FINAL
South Dakota 78
Detroit 78 FINAL
Valparaiso 57
Cleveland State 69 FINAL
Milwaukee 76
Georgia State 75 FINAL
Troy 88
Lafayette 41 FINAL
Army 57
Arkansas State 74 FINAL
Texas State 83
South Dakota St 82
Tennessee St 70 FINAL
Belmont 53
Eastern Illinois 55 FINAL
SIU-Edwardsville 72
Jacksonville St 83 FINAL
Morehead St 78
Kansas State 47 FINAL
TCU 67
Cincinnati 56 FINAL
SMU 46
SE Louisiana 57 FINAL
Central Arkansas 73
Denver 40 FINAL
Nebraska Omaha 53
Tulane 52 FINAL
Tulsa 54
IUPU-Ft Wayne 56 FINAL
Oral Roberts 84
Air Force 50 2nd Half 1:18
Utah State 84
San Diego State 56 2nd Half 0:41
Boise State 60
Fresno State 60 2nd Half 0:04
New Mexico 63
Florida A&M 42 2nd Half 0:04
NC A&T 78
Gonzaga 66 2nd Half 1:48
BYU 62
South Florida 99 FINAL
UCF 71
UCLA 57 2nd Half 1:09
Washington 71
(3) Baylor 71 FINAL
Iowa State 76
Tenn Tech 78 2nd Half 0:58
Eastern Kentucky 71
Grand Canyon 56
Seattle 59 2nd Half 0:55
CS-Bakersfield 73
Texas Southern 58 2nd Half 3:39
Alabama State 44
Santa Clara 71 FINAL
St Marys-CA 74
UNLV 66 2nd Half 0:35
Wyoming 99
Savannah State 55 FINAL
SC State 52
Alcorn State 3:00 PM
Southern U
Miss Valley St 54 2nd Half 0:21
Jackson State 57
Bucknell 55 FINAL
American Univ 65
Radford 63 FINAL
High Point 83
Eastern Washington 59 FINAL
Montana 69
Idaho 62 FINAL
Montana State 71
Weber State 52 2nd Half 1:30
Idaho State 58
Green Bay 46 2nd Half 13:30
Youngstown St 18
Oakland 35 2nd Half 13:34
Illinois-Chicago 43
Austin Peay 47 2nd Half 8:25
SE Missouri St 55
Wagner 48 2nd Half 9:49
Mount St Marys 45
Portland 25 1st Half 0:03
San Diego 41
Nevada 34 1st Half 3:12
San Jose St 37
Stephen F Austin 34 2nd Half 20:00
Houston Baptist 38
Incarnate Word 35 2nd Half
Lamar 50
Abilene Christian 29 2nd Half
New Orleans 29
Pepperdine 14 2nd Half
Loyola Marymount 32
San Francisco 41 2nd Half
Pacific 40
Prairie View 35 2nd Half
Alabama A&M 35
Hampton 45 2nd Half
Howard 25
Chicago State 21 2nd Half
Utah Valley U 33
Cal Poly 19 2nd Half
Cal-Irvine 44
UC Santa Barbara 21 2nd Half
UC Davis 17
Marshall 30 2nd Half
Florida Atlantic 41
Portland State 77 FINAL
Sacramento St 123
Western Ky 5:00 PM
UAB 5:00 PM
Middle Tennessee
Georgia Southern 5:00 PM
Grambling 5:00 PM
Ark-Pine Bluff
Ark-Little Rock 5:00 PM
Cornell 5:00 PM
Columbia 5:00 PM
Brown 5:00 PM
(14) Princeton
USC 5:00 PM
Washington St
(24) California 5:00 PM
(7) Oregon State
Yale 6:00 PM
Murray State 6:00 PM
UT Martin
Loyola-Maryland 6:00 PM
Jacksonville 6:00 PM
(21) Fla Gulf Coast
Long Beach St 6:00 PM
Cal State Fullerton
Rice 6:00 PM
Colgate 6:30 PM
CS-Northridge 7:00 PM
Kansas 7:00 PM
Oklahoma St 7:00 PM
Texas Tech
TX-Pan American 8:00 PM
New Mexico St
North Dakota 8:00 PM
Southern Utah
Northern Colorado 9:00 PM
Northern Ariz


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