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Jerry Zgoda writes about Major League Soccer and Minnesota United.

MN United
August 27
Loons happy to play underdogs in first U.S. Open Cup final

Loons happy to play underdogs in first U.S. Open Cup final

Minnesota United will start rookie Hassani Dotson in a midfield that has star Darwin Quintero a sub on the bench tonight against defending MLS champion Atlanta United
MN United
August 17
Hassani Dotson

Minnesota United's Ozzie Alonso out, Hassani Dotson in against Orlando City tonight

United captain and defensive midfielder Ozzie Alonso out against Orlando City because of a leg injury and rookie Hassani Dotson is in at his spot
MN United
August 14
Minnesota United starters back for crucial home games

Minnesota United starters back for crucial home games

After he rested many of his starters Saturday in Dallas, Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath has them back in the starting 11 for the first of two important home games this week
MN United
August 7
Lod and Toye in for Loons vs. Portland, Rodriguez and Ibarra out

Lod and Toye in for Loons vs. Portland, Rodriguez and Ibarra out

United coach Adrian Heath juggles lineup some for U.S. Open Cup semifinal because of rule that limits number of international players to five.
MN United
August 6
Philadelphia player's gun violence comments resonate with Loons

Philadelphia player's gun violence comments resonate with Loons

Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath and veteran defender Michael Boxall spoke in support of Alejandro Bedoya's call for Congress to end gun violence.
MN United
August 5
Sunday spat intensifies: Loons captain's long history with Timbers

Sunday spat intensifies: Loons captain's long history with Timbers

Loons captain Ozzie Alonso felt "something" during the first half Sunday, but a video review seeking to determine if Portland's Brian Fernandez spit at him found nothing.
MN United
August 4
Molino in, newcomer Lod as sub in MLS debut vs. Portland

Molino in, newcomer Lod as sub in MLS debut vs. Portland

Loons midfielder Kevin Molino is back in the lineup, filling in for suspended Darwin Quintero, and newly signed Robin Lod will make his MLS debut off the bench.
MN United
July 30
Loons' Kallman says goodbye to a brother (in-law) after Miller trade

Loons' Kallman says goodbye to a brother (in-law) after Miller trade

Former Loon Eric Miller followed in the footsteps of brother-in-law Brent Kallman -- from Woodbury to Creighton to MLS -- until Monday's trade sent him to NYCFC.
MN United
July 27
Alonso, Rodriguez, Ibarra all back in starting lineup for Loons vs Vancouver

Alonso, Rodriguez, Ibarra all back in starting lineup for Loons vs Vancouver

Minnesota United is unbeaten in its last eight MLS and U.S. Open Cup games while visiting Vancouver is winless in its last eight
MN United
June 5
Loons juggle roster as four veterans leave for international play

Loons juggle roster as four veterans leave for international play

Minnesota United will call on veterans Eric Miller and Lawrence Olum as well as Collin Martin and rookie Hassani Dotson while it plays upcoming matches without its regular starting 11.
MN United
June 2
Minnesota United defender Romain Metanire, left, is back in today's starting lineup after missing Wednesday's 3-0 loss at Atlanta for red-card accumul

Metanire, Rodriguez, Finlay back in Minnesota United lineup vs. Philadelphia

The Loons play at Allianz Field in their last game before as many as four players leave for national team duty.
MN United
May 25
Dotson gets first MLS start, Ibarra returns to midfield against Houston

Dotson gets first MLS start, Ibarra returns to midfield against Houston

With defender Eric Miller and midfielder Kevin Molino out injured, United second-round pick Hassani Dotson gets his first MLS start (at left back) while Miguel Ibarra returns to a midfield role
MN United
May 22
MNUFC friendly vs. Hertha Berlin an occasion for experimentation

MNUFC friendly vs. Hertha Berlin an occasion for experimentation

The first international friendly played at Allianz Field provides opportunity for those who have seen little action lately
MN United
May 20
Loons prospects get opportunity in friendly against Bundesliga team

Loons prospects get opportunity in friendly against Bundesliga team

The Loons' home match against German club Hertha Berlin on Wednesday will give players such as Hassani Dotson, Wyatt Omsberg and recalled Collin Martin a chance to play meaningful minutes.
MN United
May 18
Minnesota United forward Carlos Darwin Quintero

United shuffles lineup, Quintero, Boxall, Molino return as starters

Changes abound in Minnesota United's starting 11 tonight against Columbus at Allianz Field
MN United
May 16
United's 'Machine' Metanire: Is he among the best in MLS?

United's 'Machine' Metanire: Is he among the best in MLS?

Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath calls him MLS' best right back so far this season. When asked about that, Metanire replied "Time will tell."
MN United
May 4
Alonso faces former team, Quintero is sub for Loons vs. Seattle

Alonso faces former team, Quintero is sub for Loons vs. Seattle

United veteran Ozzie Alonso plays his former Seattle team for the first time while Ethan Finlay and Miguel Ibarra return to starting lineup. Darwin Quintero is a substitute on his way back from last week's ankle injury.
MN United
May 2
Portland Timbers goalkeeper Steve Clark was unable to break up a pass between Minnesota United forward Carlos Darwin Quintero (25) and forward Romario

Quintero available for Loons on Saturday vs. Sounders

Worried about his ankle after last Sunday's game, Minnesota United will have star offensive threat available for the game at home against midfielder Ozzie Alonso's former team for the last 10 years.
MN United
April 30
Minnesota United forward Carlos Darwin Quintero

Quintero's ankle is improved, status uncertain for Saturday's Loons game

Minnesota United star Darwin Quintero's ankle injury sustained in Sunday's 1-0 victory over D.C. United is "better than we thought," according to coach Adrian Heath. But his availability for Saturday's game against Seattle -- Ozzie Alonso's former team -- is undetermined for now.
MN United
April 28
Eric Miller stays as starter, no Francisco Calvo today vs. D.C. United

Eric Miller stays as starter, no Francisco Calvo today vs. D.C. United

Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath says he'd be "hypocritical" if he didn't keep his backline intact for Sunday afternoon's game against D.C. United. Remade in Wednesday's scoreless draw, it helped keep L.A. Galaxy without a goal the last time out.
MN United
April 24
Loons shake up lineup vs. LA Galaxy at Allianz with big changes

Loons shake up lineup vs. LA Galaxy at Allianz with big changes

With Jan Gregus and Francisco Calvo suspended, Kevin Molino, Eric Miller and Abu Danladi move into the starting lineup and Michael Boxall, Ethan Finlay and both Ibarras (Miguel and Romario) are subs
MN United
April 22
Down two suspended players, Loons await Opara's return

Down two suspended players, Loons await Opara's return

Veteran defender Ike Opara participated in some of Monday's training. A return by Wednesday's game against LA Galaxy sure would help a team missing suspended Jan Gregus and Francisco Calvo.
MN United
April 16
United sets July 17 friendly with Aston Villa; Opara unlikely for Friday

United sets July 17 friendly with Aston Villa; Opara unlikely for Friday

United veteran defender Ike Opara didn't train Tuesday because of a hit to the head and a gash over an eye he sustained late in Saturday's tie with New York City FC
MN United
April 13
United's Darwin Quintero to start vs NYCFC, Kevin Molino active

United's Darwin Quintero to start vs NYCFC, Kevin Molino active

United star Darwin Quintero returns to starting lineup after missing last week's victory at New York
MN United
April 13
Some of the first Minnesota United fans in Allianz Field cheered from the stands ahead of Saturday's home opener.

Minnesota United's Adrian Heath on Allianz opener: 'This has to be about the game'

Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath knows it's a special day for Minnesota soccer with Saturday's Allianz Field opening, but he has reminded his team it has work to do

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