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Jerry Zgoda writes about Major League Soccer and Minnesota United.

Loons
October 14
Three United players up for MLS postseason awards

Three United players up for MLS postseason awards

With winning comes recognition, and three Minnesota United players are finalists for MLS's 2019 season awards
Loons
October 10
While he waits for their return from international play, Heath wonders if there isn't better way

While he waits for their return from international play, Heath wonders if there isn't better way

Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath would like to see international play bumped up so his players return sooner, particularly with the team's first playoff game approaching.
Loons
October 6
Loons decide own fate for playoff seeding in Seattle on MLS' Decision Day

Loons decide own fate for playoff seeding in Seattle on MLS' Decision Day

Minnesota United can claim second place in the West -- and two home playoff games -- with a victory today at Seattle
Loons
October 1
Loons' Alonso expects 'emotional' return to Seattle

Loons' Alonso expects 'emotional' return to Seattle

Win Sunday at Seattle against a team it has never defeated in MLS play and Minnesota United will host at least one playoff game as the Western Conference's second-seeded playoff team.
Blogs
September 29
Loons seek home playoff game; turf will be replaced next week

Loons seek home playoff game; turf will be replaced next week

United clinched its first MLS playoff appearance with Wednesday's comeback victory over Sporting Kansas City. A victory tonight over league-leading LAFC -- or other scenarios -- will assure it of a playoff game at Allianz Field.
Loons
September 25
Loons can clinch playoff berth tonight, but coach insists 'it's not easy'

Loons can clinch playoff berth tonight, but coach insists 'it's not easy'

Could this set up as one of those "trap" games, when everything looks to set up beautifully for a team, only to have something unexpected go wrong?
Loons
September 23
United hopeful Ike Opara, Kevin Molino will play Wednesday with a playoff spot in reach

United hopeful Ike Opara, Kevin Molino will play Wednesday with a playoff spot in reach

United veteran Vito Mannone named goalkeeper on MLS Team of the Week for his 12 saves and 11th shutout Sunday in Portland.
Loons
September 17
Third-place Loons complete, healthy and with week to prepare for Portland

Third-place Loons complete, healthy and with week to prepare for Portland

With his team back complete and healthy and no mid-week game scheduled, United coach Adrian Heath calls this week a time to "actually prepare and get some work done on the training field."
Loons
September 15
Quintero returns to Loons, Gasper suspended today vs Real Salt Lake

Quintero returns to Loons, Gasper suspended today vs Real Salt Lake

Minnesota United can move past Real Salt Lake and back into second place with today's game at Allianz Field that has all kinds of playoff implications.
Loons
September 7
Minnesota United's Thomas Chacon gets his first start in tonight's friendly against CF Pachuca

Minnesota United's Thomas Chacon gets his first start in tonight's friendly against CF Pachuca

United supporters will get first good look tonight at newly acquired teenager Thomas Chacon
Loons
September 3

USWNT's Victory Tour plays Allianz Field with biggest stars out

The United State Women's National Team's World Cup Victory visits Allianz Field tonight -- its third stop on the five-city tour -- with seven starters from July's final in the starting 11. But injured stars Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and Rose Lavelle are three of six players who won't play against Portugal.
Loons
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
Loons
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
Loons
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
Loons
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.
Loons
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.
Loons
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.
Loons
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.
Loons
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.
Loons
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
Loons
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.
Loons
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.
Loons
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
Loons
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
Loons
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.

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