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Megan Ryan writes about Major League Soccer and Minnesota United.

Minnesota United finding points of pride as season ends



Check out my full gamer from Minnesota United's 3-2 loss at the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday. A notebook will be online, too, so look for that.

And here's a nice quote from center back Michael Boxall on this season as a whole (since he joined in the summer, at least):

“I think since I’ve been here, I wasn’t too sure what I was coming into, and I think coming into it, there’s a lot of talent in this room," Boxall said. "I love playing under Adrian [Heath]. He gets us going the right way, and any time where we failed on the pitch, it’s because us players haven’t done the job or haven’t shown up. So I think over the offseason, we need to take a massive look at ourselves and just do everything we have to do to show everyone that we want to be here, and we want to do something next year.”

Meanwhile, Christian Ramirez, who ended the year with 14 goals, pointed to three things he was proud of from this year:

"I'm proud of being able to win 10 games as an expansion side that people didn't believe would get five," Ramirez said. "Being able to score in double-digits my first year and get used to this league. Seeing how we've grown the fanbase, and everyone in the cities has gotten behind the team. That's been exciting to see each game and be a part of. It's about going into the offseason and putting in the work that's necessary to keep building."

Rewatch my Facebook Live below (or click here) where I got, like, two questions. We're all already in fine offseason form.

Thanks to everyone for reading along this season. There will be plenty of offseason Loons' coverage, what with the drafts and transfer window and so on. But it's been a wild ride this year. Already looking forward to 2018!

Minnesota United aiming to dash San Jose's playoff dreams

Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath made a few tweaks for the Loons' final match of their inaugural season Sunday at the San Jose Earthquakes. Here's how they'll line up, in a 4-4-1-1:

Bobby Shuttleworth

Jerome Thiesson, Michael Boxall, Francisco Calvo, Jermaine Taylor

Ethan Finlay, Collen Warner, Ibson, Sam Nicholson 

Kevin Molino

Christian Ramirez

Bench: Patrick McLain, Marc Burch, Brent Kallman, Collin Martin, Miguel Ibarra, Johan Venegas, Abu Danladi

Heath said Burch was a game-time call, as he still isn't quite 100 percent after recovering from sports hernia surgery and a hamstring issue. So it was between him and Taylor for left-back.

Ish Jome sat out practice Saturday dealing with a bit of a groin issue and isn't on the match-day squad.

Here's what Heath said of playing San Jose, who make the playoffs if it wins:

“It certainly adds to the game. Obviously for them, it’s in their own hands. But we have to respect the integrity of the league and the other teams, and we’re going to do everything in our power possibly to spoil the party for them," Heath said. "And that’s the harsh realities of the game. I’ve been in many situations like this in the past as a player when you have to win to go up or you have to win to make the playoffs, and they’re pressured games. But they’re games that the players should be looking forward to. Come kick off time ... there’s going to be an incredible atmosphere in the stadium."

Also to keep in mind, the Loons are two away from tying a league record for most goals allowed in a season at 69.

Here is how San Jose will start:

TV Listings

Local Schedule

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  • Gophers men's basketball vs. Massachusetts

    11 am on 103.5-FM/1130-AM

  • Colorado at Wild

    3 pm on FSN, 100.3-FM

  • Gophers men's hockey at Notre Dame

    6:30 pm on NBCSN, 103.5/1130

  • Miami at Timberwolves

    7 pm on FSN, 830-AM

  • Gophers women's hockey at Lindenwood

    2 pm

  • Wisconsin at Gophers football

    2:30 pm on Ch. 5, 100.3-FM

  • Gophers men's basketball vs. Alabama

    4 pm on 103.5-FM/1130-AM

  • Gophers women's basketball vs. Wake Forest in Las Vegas

    4:30 pm on 93.3-FM

  • Gophers men's hockey at Notre Dame

    6 pm on 103.5-FM/1130-AM

  • Wild at St. Louis

    7 pm on FSN, 100.3-FM

  • Gophers women's hockey at Lindenwood

    2 pm

  • Phoenix at Timberwolves

    2:30 pm on FSN, 830-AM

  • Gopher's women's basketball vs. UNLV or Hofstra

    4:30 pm on 93.3-FM

  • Wild at Winnipeg

    7 pm on FSN, 100.3-FM

  • Washington at Timberwolves

    7 pm on FSN, 830-AM

  • Gophers women's basketball at North Carolina

    2:30 pm on 93.3-FM

  • Timberwolves at New Orleans

    7 pm on FSN, 830-AM

  • Miami at Gophers men's basketball

    8:15 pm on ESPN2, 100.3-FM

  • Vegas at Wild

    7 pm on FSN, 100.3-FM

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