Loons
October 22, 2019
Minnesota United designated player Darwin Quintero came on as a second-half substitution in the team’s first MLS playoff game Sunday against L.A. Ga

'Big decisions' ahead for Loons: Seven questions facing the team

Proud but disappointed after his team's first-round playoff loss, Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath promised there will be changes for the 2020 season.
Loons
October 21, 2019
Loons defender Ike Opara, who was a key acquisition by Minnesota United this season, shook hands with L.A. Galaxy pkayers after Sunday's playoff loss.

Scoggins: Loons made commitment to improve, and it has to continue

Minnesota United's debut appearance in the Major League Soccer playoffs should be viewed as an opportunity lost. A new standard now guides every decision.
Loons
October 21, 2019
Sebastian Lletget of LA Galaxy scored a goal in the second half.

Two Galaxy goals in four minutes knock out Loons from playoffs

Minnesota United controlled the action for Sunday's first 71 minutes, but failed to convert on several prime scoring chances before its opponents took command.
Loons
October 21, 2019
Minnesota United FC fans at the start of the game.

Loons are latest Minnesota team to have hopes dashed, flaws exposed

When a team is good enough to make the playoffs despite its flaws, talking yourself into the idea of a possible championship requires equal parts hope and amnesia.
St. Paul
October 21, 2019
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter commented on the double shooting in his city Sunday night.

Two shot near Loons playoff game; Carter says 'This has to stop right now'

"This has to stop right now," mayor says of the rash of gun violence.
Loons
October 21, 2019
Giancarlo Gonzalez of the LA Galaxy grabbed Chase Gasper of Minnesota United in the first half.

Allianz Field survives rapid transition from football to futbol

Allianz Field's grounds crew worked overnight Saturday manicuring grass that had been laid only three weeks ago into game condition after St. John's and St. Thomas played a college football game.
Loons
October 21, 2019
Ike Opara at the end of the game. LA Galaxy beat Minnesota United FC 2-1.

Minnesota United's season ends with 2-1 playoff loss

United coach Adrian Heath, goalkeeper Vito Mannone and midfielder Jan Gregus discuss Sunday's 2-1 first-rough playoff loss to L.A. Galaxy.
Loons
October 20, 2019
No place like home for MLS playoff teams; will Loons follow trend?

No place like home for MLS playoff teams; will Loons follow trend?

All four home teams won on Saturday's opening day of the 2019 MLS playoffs and Philadelphia follow with a dramatic comeback Sunday afternoon. Minnesota United plays host to LA Galaxy on Sunday night.
Loons
October 20, 2019
Loons fans wave their scarves at Allianz Field

History-making MLS playoff game comes to Allianz Field

The stage is set for the first MLS playoff game in Minnesota United history. "Every moment matters, right?" said United veteran midfielder Ethan Finlay, who played seven playoff games with Columbus in 2014 and 2015.
Loons
October 20, 2019
Officials attempted to repair damaged turf after a rough play in the fourth quarter.

'We kind of tore it up': Allianz Field turf takes a beating after St. John's-St. Thomas game

Concern over the turf existed even before the St. John's-St. Thomas game.
Loons
October 19, 2019

Gameday preview: Minnesota United vs. LA Galaxy in MLS playoffs

Two weeks after it ended its regular season with a 1-1 draw at Seattle, Minnesota United makes its MLS playoff debut as the home team in a No. 4/No. 5 seed matchup.
Loons
October 18, 2019
If at first you don't concede: Loons' stingy defensive spine is playoff key

If at first you don't concede: Loons' stingy defensive spine is playoff key

The Loons' playoff success, starting against L.A. Galaxy's star-studded scoring power, hinges on its meticulously acquired and highly successful trio of defensive stalwarts.
Loons
October 18, 2019
Minnesota United midfielder Jan Gregus (8) headed the ball towards a teammate over Real Salt Lake forward Corey Baird (17) in the second half. ] JEFF

Loons midfielder Gregus is long recovered from trip to Slovakia

Jan Gregus was the first of six Loons to return after being called to play for their national teams during a nine-day FIFA international break scheduled this year
Loons
October 18, 2019
Canada midfielder Scott Arfield, top, and teammates celebrate a goal by forward Lucas Cavallini (19) in a CONCACAF Nations League soccer match against

U.S. men's soccer hits another low with first loss to Canada in decades

A 2-0 loss to Canada, which hadn't defeated the United States in 35 years, is a low rivaling two years ago when the Americans failed to make the World Cup.
Loons
October 18, 2019
Clouds gathered over Allianz Field in St. Paul as the Minnesota United took on Hertha Berlin in a friendly in May.

Feats of unexpected strength: Loons near first MLS playoff game

With a sparkling new home in Allianz Field, United and its noisy supporters head into Sunday's playoff game with a fittingly modest Minnesota cheer: "Say shh."
Loons
October 17, 2019
Minnesota United defender Ike Opara attempted to regain control of the ball in a game against Portland on Aug. 4. Opara, acquired before the season, w

Opara leads United turnaround, wins MLS top defender award for second time

Ike Opara, who won the honor in 2017 with Sporting Kansas City, helped lead Minnesota United's defensive transformation after its first two goal-ridden seasons in MLS.
Loons
October 16, 2019
Concern over Allianz football/soccer doubleheader a sign of the times

Concern over Allianz football/soccer doubleheader a sign of the times

Is this anything more than a First-World Problem? The Vikings and Twins shared Metropolitan Stadium for years, and even had company from Minnesota's pro soccer team from another era.
Loons
October 16, 2019
Los Angeles Galaxy’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic claps after tying the score against the Seattle Sounders during an MLS soccer game on Sept. 1 at CenturyLink

Minnesota United's biggest, brashest playoff obstacle is all about Zlatan

L.A.. Galaxy superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic, whose trophy-studded career carved in Europe made him MLS' highest-paid player, stands 6-5 and plays a dominating style on and off the pitch.
Loons
October 14, 2019
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 13, 2019
Minnesota United defender Lawrence Olum

MLS Cup playoff road shorter but tougher if Loons win first home game

The way to next month's MLS Cup final is two games shorter because of a new format, but Minnesota United very likely will have to win two games away from Allianz Field to get there.

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