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You know the preseason is officially underway once the team heads out on the road for a few exhibition matches, and United FC is on the first trip of its spring training, a five-day jaunt to Kansas City. The trip kicked off Wednesday, as Minnesota lost to Major League Soccer side Sporting Kansas City, 2-1, in a practice, no-fans match.
The Loons - still getting used to typing that - played a first eleven for 60 minutes, then substituted an entire second eleven for the final half-hour, and it was the second 11 that got the goal. New signing Max Griffin combined with fellow new signing Etienne Barbara for a 75th minute strike, but Griffin's goal came after United had already fallen behind 2-0 to goals from Soony Saad and Yaan Songo'o.
Goals from guys with clearly fake names aside, a couple of notes on the game yesterday:
United is next in action Friday, when they will play an exhibition against the University of Missouri - Kansas City. They'll return home early Saturday.
The Loons will also make a trip to Omaha in the third week of March, where they will play exhibitions against Creighton and Hastings College, and a final trip at the end of the month for another practice match against MLS's Chicago Fire.
A few other notes:
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