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Ish Jome back training with Loons while searching for a new team

 

 

A familiar face was back at Minnesota United training Wednesday at the National Sports Center.

Ish Jome, the 23-year-old Brooklyn Park native, returned to practice with his former club as a way to keep fit while he searches for his next team. Jome played for United in the North American Soccer League in 2016 before jumping to MLS where he played 12 games with seven starts. The utility player slotted in at forward, midfielder and defender at times, but the club did not pick up the option on his contract this offseason.

"It was good just to see all the guys again, keep fit, see the staff," Jome said. "Everyone's been great with me. So it's nice to be back."

Jome said he's playing it by ear how long he'll be training with United since he's just back home in between trials while looking for a new team. He spent about two weeks each with the New York Red Bulls and with Danish second-tier team Fremad Amager in Copenhagen, where one of Jome's college teammates from UC Santa Barbara was on loan to the Danish team, too. But Jome said it didn't work out because positionally the team didn't need a left wingback.

For his first time playing outside the U.S., though, Jome said it was cool to see different tactics, coaching styles and systems. He also said he will take a lot of what he learned with the Red Bulls and carry it into the rest of his career.

'It's a really great organization over there," Jome said. "The staff was very detailed, and they know how they want to play, and they know what they want out of you. So I actually learned a lot in my two weeks there."

As for his next move, Jome said he is hoping to find a team where he can play consistently and continue developing, whether that be in the U.S. or overseas this summer. That was something he struggled to do at United, which still doesn't have a reserve team or United Soccer League affiliate.

Along with Jome, there was a big Cameroonian center forward also practicing with the team, but coach Adrian Heath said he didn't know much about him.

"We've done one or two people a favor.This time of year, especially with the weather, it's been difficult for people to get outside," Heath said of inviting players to train with his club. "Nobody that we're looking at to bring in."

Updates from practice

Forward Christian Ramirez and outside backs Tyrone Mears and Jerome Thiesson were not practicing. Ramirez biked on the side and was wearing a boot on his left ankle. Heath said the striker had an injection "the other day" and will rest his ankle for two or three days before having all of next week to regain match fitness.

Thiesson has been recovering from a left hip injury and took a few touches after practice with a trainer. Heath said he is just resting Thiesson to make sure he is ready for Portland on April 14 and will wait to bring him back into the group practices until next week. Mears is the same, he just felt a little tightness in his right calf and will rejoin the group next week.

Heath also said midfielder Rasmus Schuller had a "little, minor, tiny" operation on one of his legs that will keep him out for two or three days. Schuller had a few hip and thigh injuries last season but has played every game he's been available for this season.

As far as when holding midfielder Maximiano will play, Heath said it's been a week-to-week acclimation process for the Brazilian coming off an ACL injury last summer. He said the team will decide at the end of this week if it can fully integrate Maximiano into training with the idea that he'll play at Portland. But if not then, it could be the Seattle game April 22 or the Houston game April 28.

Heath said new designated player Darwin Quintero will do more tactical work next week so he's ready to play at Portland. Right now, the players are still trying to feel out where is best to give him the ball and how to run off him.

Upcoming opponent Portland plays Sunday at Orlando City. Heath said he was toying with the idea of going down to his former home to scout the game, since it's a bit of a rare opportunity to see the next opponent play live. And the weather is a lot nicer than in Minnesota lmao.

That's it for training this week. The team will train Tuesday and Wednesday of next week but then take off for Portland. I will be out of commission all next week with an undisclosed upper body injury, so follow Jack White for updates.

Danladi eager to do more for Loons

 

 

Minnesota United forward Abu Danladi wishes this wasn't a bye week after this past Saturday's annoying 1-0 loss to Atlanta.

"You always want to play another game and prove to yourself you can get better results," Danladi said. "Just having to wait two more weeks before a game is kind of hard."

With a few days to reflect on the game, Danladi said with Atlanta parking the bus, so to say, with all its players in the box after going down a man, the only way to score would have been from a great header because the ball was always in the air. He said as a striker, he would have liked to have taken more shots. He also said the midfielders would have liked to draw the Atlanta players out more.

"It was one of those games, you know?" Danladi said. "Everybody gave their all. We run as team. We defended as a team, and we thought it was our day when they got a red card. But they did whatever they can. They defended the ball real well, also wasted a lot of time, which kind of slowed down the game. Due to the weather, it was kind of hard. I think sometimes, you do whatever you can, you just can't score. I think as a forward, I didn't do as much as I can to try and score."

But the plus side of having an extra week to prepare for the April 14 game at Portland is more time to recover. Danladi, while he started Saturday, has been battling a hamstring injury he picked up just before the first game of the season that has limited his playing time since. He said while the cold weather against Atlanta wasn't the best for his injury, he made it through the game without re-injuring anything, which was a good sign. He said he's "getting there" in terms of a full recovery and called it a "work in progress."

Also, not to drag out the saga of team captain Francisco Calvo's postgame comments, but here's Danladi's take.

"I understand why he says that," he said. "I go on the Internet sometimes, see the comments people make about Minnesota. Some of it's nice, but as a team, you get criticism, and you've got to earn the respect from the league."

Danladi said in the end, the Loons can't compare themselves to other teams and instead have to use this season as a chance to prove their worth. But one aspect of the club doesn't need any explaining.

"We have incredible fans," Danladi said. "I don't think people understand how amazing it is to have fans who show up in 20-degree weather to come and watch a game. ... All the other things other people say around it is not very important as long as you have people that really care about the team and really support us."

Some other notes:

Midfielder Kevin Molino had his ACL surgery on his left knee on Monday. So begins his road to recovery for next season.

The kickoff time for United's game at LAFC on May 9 was changed to 9 p.m. It was originally at 9:30 p.m. Yay, West Coast games.

At practice Tuesday at the National Sports Center, outside back Jerome Thiesson (left hip) and striker Christian Ramirez (ankle) were missing. New addition Darwin Quintero practiced in full with the group for the first time. 

"You can tell he's an incredible player, experienced," Danladi said of Quintero, who he added has great touches and ball movement. "It's good having a player like that on the team. ... As a forward, I'm looking forward to playing with a player like that, what he can bring to the team and what he can do to help me as well to play forward."

Danladi said everyone is excited to  play with Quintero and have the him up the level of the team, even if that means more competition for playing time. As a young player, he said, it's just an "honor" to play alongside guys like Quintero, Ibson, Ethan Finlay and Kevin Molino. Aw.

The Loons have just one more day of practice before some time off the rest of this bye week.

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