Loons
November 20, 2019
Abu Danladi (99) of Minnesota United FC took a shot in the first half of a friendly against Bundesliga team Hertha Berlin on May 22 at Allianz Field.

Loons lose injury-prone Danladi to Nashville in MLS expansion draft

Minnesota United took the UCLA star first in the 2017 SuperDraft before its inaugural season, hoping he would become a centerpiece for its future.
St. Paul
November 19, 2019
Rich Purcell, who co-owns the Holcomb-Henry-Boom-Purcell Funeral Home on Snelling Avenue in St. Paul, sold parking spots for $20 a game in July.

Fund will support neighborhoods around Allianz Field

Neighbors United Funding Collaborative launched this week.
Loons
November 18, 2019
Philadelphia Union's Alejandro Bedoya, right — an MLS Players Association bargaining-committee member — has endorsed in labor-contract conversatio

As MLS expands, players want charter air travel, 'truer' free agency

They're among issues on the bargaining table, trying to reach a new labor deal for a sport in an aspiring "league of choice."
Loons
November 18, 2019

MLS expansion draft Tuesday, other key dates

Besides a Jan. 31 deadline for a new labor agreement with players, MLS has more immediate key deadlines in the coming days and weeks:
Loons
November 14, 2019
Minnesota United midfielder Darwin Quintero came into the Oct. 20 playoff game against LA Galaxy as a second-half substitute, a game the Loons lost 2-

Loons trade Quintero to Houston for Hairston, $600,000 allocation money

The team's first high-paid designated player did not start in the team's two biggest games in 2019. The Loons will receive midfielder Marlon Hairston and $600,000 in allocation money.
Loons
November 13, 2019
Minnesota United's CEO Chris Wright.

Loons CEO: Season a big success 'but there's so much left to do'

Minnesota United CEO Chris Wright looks back at a winning 2019 on the field and at the box office, and ahead with an organization restructuring for the future.
Loons
November 12, 2019
Minnesota United midfielder Darwin Quintero came in as a second-half subsitute in the Loons’ first-round playoff game loss against LA Galaxy on Oct.

Midfielder Quintero says he's done with Loons; team won't comment

Considered Minnesota United's biggest building block just a season ago, star midfielder Darwin Quintero posted on social media that he will not return in 2020.
Loons
November 11, 2019
Minnesota United head coach Adrian Heath reacts on the sideline during the second half of an MLS soccer match against the Seattle Sounders, Sunday, Oc

Loons' front office moves aimed at keeping up with growing sport

Minnesota United restructured its operations to give the head coach greater input on players.
Loons
November 9, 2019

Longtime Heath assistant Watson brings broad soccer experience

Adrian Heath and Mark Watson have worked together since Watson was Heath's assistant at Orlando City in 2014.
Loons
November 8, 2019
Seattle Sounders forward Nicolas Lodeiro, one of the keys to the team's goal-scoring chances against Toronto, talks to reporters Thursday at a news co

Seattle finishing trio key to MLS Cup rematch with Toronto

The game Sunday figures to come down to the Sounders' ability to finish their chances versus Toronto's ability to create any.
Loons
November 7, 2019
Three United players called up to U.S. national soccer teams

Three United players called up to U.S. national soccer teams

They are among eight Minnesota United players who will travel the world to play with their national teams during the upcoming FIFA international break.
Loons
November 5, 2019
Minnesota United's Osvaldo Alonso (left) celebrates with teammate Chase Gasper (right) after Alonso scored a goal against Sporting Kansas City during

Loon by Loon: A look ahead to Minnesota United's 2020 roster

Minnesota United beat writer Jerry Zgoda looks back at 2019 season and ahead to 2020, Loon by Loon.
Loons
November 1, 2019
Kate Markgraf, general manager of the U.S. women's national soccer team, listens as newly hired head coach Vlatko Andonovski speaks at a news conferen

New U.S. women's soccer coach faces difficult cultural dance

Vlatko Andonovski, hired from the NWSL's successful Reign FC franchise, inherits the challenge of leading a decorated team showing its age and also challenging U.S. Soccer for better pay.
Loons
November 1, 2019
Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath will remain coach, but will have more input in personnel decisions concerning United’s “first team,” the 20

Minnesota United adjusts front office roles for Heath, Lagos

Coach Adrian Heath will have more input in personnel decisions concerning top players while sporting director Manny Lagos will get a new title focused on the team's future.
Loons
October 31, 2019

Loons defender Chase Gasper called up by U.S. national team

The U.S. men's national soccer team called up Minnesota United rookie left back Chase Gasper for a weeklong pre-camp in Bradenton, Fla., that starts…
Loons
October 29, 2019
Minnesota United’s Ike Opara (3) helps out goalkeeper Vito Mannone (1) on a goal attempt by D.C. United in a game April 28 at Allianz Field in St. P

United's Vito Mannone, Ike Opara named to MLS Best XI

The Loons' defensive stalwarts join some of the league's biggest stars in being recognized as its best 11 players in 2019.
Loons
October 25, 2019
Minnesota United’s Ozzie Alonso covers his head with his jersey after the LA Galaxy scored a goal in the second half Sunday at Allianz Field. The Ga

Brilliant season or disappointment? Either way, Loons aim to improve

The Loons' turnaround after two losing seasons was ''massive,'' defender Michael Boxall said. But the new playoff format was "harsh,'' according to Vito Mannone, who played his first season of MLS.
Loons
October 25, 2019
Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Joe Corona, left, and Minnesota United midfielder Rasmus Schuller battled for the ball in April.

Loons decline option on five players, already reshaping next season's roster

Rasmus Schuller, A Finnish national-team member, was among the players let go.
Loons
October 25, 2019
Chicago Red Stars forward Sam Kerr looks to score against the Portland Thorns during the first half of an NWSL playoff semifinal Oct. 20 in Bridgeview

Trophy-less Chicago has more to gain in women's soccer title game

North Carolina is the unquestioned favorite and, with three consecutive NWSL Shield (regular-season title) victories, is firmly in "dynasty" mode.
Loons
October 24, 2019
Minnesota United goalkeeper Vito Mannone (1) blocked a shot in the first half of a game against Orlando City on Aug. 17 at Allianz Field.

Loons' Vito Mannone named MLS top goalkeeper

The Premier League veteran becomes the second Minnesota United player to receive a top defensive award, reflecting the team's dramatic improvement giving up fewer goals.

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