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The Loons acquired Adrian Zendejas from Nashville SC to back up new starter Dayne St. Clair.
The lopsided victory was nearly record-setting as Minnesota was the center of the golf world.
Murphy went to be become a successful businessman and golf coach at Lourdes High School.
Veteran Michael Boxall points to the Loons' long list of injured as proof of the demands created by the revised MLS schedule, which had them playing six matches in 24 days.
Johnny Russell finally scored in the 80th minute for a Sporting Kansas City team that came at the Loons in waves all night.
Four days after he made his brief debut, newly acquired French left-side defender Bakaye Dibassy on Sunday made his first MLS start
Added skills from new teammates Jan Gregus and Emanuel Reynoso make the Loons a team to reckoned with as the MLS playoff approach.
The next three games on the Loons' schedule were set as the MLS deals with COVID-19 protocols.
Emanuel Reynoso, the new attacking midfielder for Minnesota United, survived a gunshot in his teens to become a standout player in Argentina.
Minnesota United beat FC Dallas 3-2, moving atop the MLS Western Conference standings without six injured starters. Coach Adrian Heath says team would consider adding a player if he can help long-term.
Robin Lod's second goal Sunday displayed his greater ease at the position.
Loons midfielder Kevin Molino scored his second goal of the game on a penalty kick in the 70th minute that gave his team a two-goal lead and eventually stood as the winner.
Tyler Koivisto, 27, wore a cap that advertised a buddy's headcover business called Stymie Golf Supply, a little like underdog Rocky Balboa's robe that promoted Shamrock Meats.
Minnesota United's new designated player helped create two goals in a 4-0 victory and left his coach and teammates impressed.
Dayne St. Clair's shutout was backed by an offensive explosion in the second half against Real Salt Lake on Sunday.
Reynoso shrugs off contact, is catalyst on early goals.
Ozzie Alonso is 34 and playing in his 12th MLS season. Loon coach Adrian Heath hopes to have a better idea of the extent of the injury to Alonso and other ailing Loons before Wednesday's game against FC Dallas.
The Loons have allowed eight goals in three games since backup Greg Ranjitsingh replaced Tyler Miller in the starting lineup. Vito Mannone, MLS' 2019 Goalkeeper of the Year, is a free agent.
Minnesota United technical director Mark Watson endured an exhausting pursuit of Argentine midfielder Emanuel Reynoso. "That made me really excited to be here," Reynoso said.
Minnesota United, which returns home for two games starting Sunday, has lost four consecutive games after reaching the semifinals of the MLS is Back tournament.
Emanuel Reynoso made his MLS debut in the game's 71th minute, but by then Minnesota already trailed 3-0, a margin that could have been more than that without goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh's busy work.
Coach Adrian Heath has said there could be a third move to follow Bakaye Dibassy's signing last month and Emanuel Reynoso's signing on Tuesday.
Emanuel Reynoso, an Argentine striker sought by the team since at least January, becomes its third designated player, with a franchise-record transfer fee reported to be $5 million.
Flat first half prompted lineup changes -- four starters were on the bench at the start of the second half -- in Minnesota United's 3-1 loss to FC Dallas on Saturday night.
Loons coach Adrian Heath is "still in the dark" on the star defender's status.
After a bad start, Adrian Heath replaced all of his attackers at halftime.
Coach Adrian Heath said his team needs to get its prolific striker more involved in the run of play.
After labor agreement and upon pandemic, all teams fly that way.
The head coach said the team's actions will be led by its players and MLS after a "crazy night'' of postponed games in four pro sports including soccer.
The plan is called an effort to "broaden the net" as MLS pushes to improve the caliber of U.S.-trained players.
Former Boca Juniors midfielder Emanuel Reynoso is expected to sign a contract that, with a team option year, could keep him with Minnesota United until 2024.
Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath called both goals allowed Friday night "poor" because of the way his team defended — or didn't — each and not all the fault of new keeper Greg Ranjitsingh.
The teams exchanged own goals in the game's first 55 minutes, the second one that deflected off sliding Loons defender Michael Boxall that stood as the game winner.
The field has been pampered since last fall. Loons coach Adrian Heath called it "in absolutely magnificent condition" during a Wednesday video call with reporters.
The Loons resume their regular season Friday at Allianz Field, but the pandemic means it will be devoid of the crowd energy woven into soccer's culture.
With Tyler Miller out, the team has recalled Dayne St. Clair, who had been loaned in February to USL Championship side San Antonio.
With 18 regular season games scheduled plus the playoffs, the Loons and 25 other MLS teams are following pro baseball's lead in trying to remain outbreak-free playing in-market games.
Collin Morikawa, who at age 23 won last week's PGA Championship, was runner-up at the 2019 3M Open in Blaine. "That Sunday helped me ease into what that final-round pressure turns into," he said.
The Woodbury native has not played for the Loons since a 2019 suspension.
Minnesota United expects to say more about the 2019 MLS Defender of the Year, who was not with the team in Florida during the MLS is Back tournament, in the next 10 days.
Majority of games will be played without spectators.
Five weeks of living together in an MLS-imposed quarantine bubble had players and coaches eager to reunite with their loved ones and routines in the Twin Cities as well.
Coach Adrian Heath is buoyed by the team's start, despite a tournament loss Thursday, and wants to add one or two more players to a lineup that has lost three starters to injuries.
Orlando City star Nani scored two first-half goals that proved to be too much for the Loons, who suffered their first defeat in 2020 play.
A regular-season schedule of games is expected to be announced as soon as Friday. Minnesota United has yet to play at Allianz Field this season.
As relatively new MLS franchises, the Loons and Lions see more global respect at stake, at least in this hemisphere, should either win the MLS is Back tournament.
This time, the game has more riding on it than any of the previous three ones since the Loons coach was fired by Orlando City in 2016.
Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath likened 30-year-old defender Bakaye Dibassy to the team's MLS All-Star Romain Metanire, who also has French league experience.
Second-year MLS player sets up two goals, plays shut-down defense in quarterfinal win over San Jose.
The Loons played without three starters and nonetheless extended their dominance against San Jose, winning for a fourth consecutive time.
Minnesota United players apparently will do anything to pass the time between training sessions and MLS is Back Tournament games. Even grow a cheesy mustache.
All three goals the Loons have scored on set pieces started at the same place: the foot of their designated free-kick specialist, Jan Gregus.
Minnesota United is 3-0 against San Jose, including a victory in March, since the Earthquakes hired coach Matias Almeyda.
Minnesota United plays Saturday against San Jose in the quarterfinals of the MLS is Back tournament in Orlando.
An invite to the World Golf Championship is extra bonus for the former Crimson Tide standout.
Tournament organizers are looking forward to a more normal 2021, when the 3M Open will be held July 19-25, and have already started the work of courting sponsors.
Michael Thompson held back tears after holding off charges from a number of players and hitting clutch shots when needed on the final holes in Blaine.
The winner of last year's inaugural event finished in a tie for 12th after shooting 67 on Sunday.
Michael Thompson and Richy Werenski lead Tony Finau and Charl Schwartzel by two shots and Max Homa by three heading into Sunday's final round in Blaine
Denny McCarthy played alone because of the PGA Tour's "timed-out" policy that is part of its protocols for players on their way back from testing positive for COVID-19. He shot 64 on Saturday.
Michael Thompson and Richy Werenski are tied atop the leaderboard. Tony Finau shot a 66 that puts him one shot behind the two leaders
Bo Van Pelt didn't play for nearly four years because of surgeries that repaired a torn labrum and later cleaned out bone spurs. On Friday, his round puts him into contention at the 3M Open entering the weekend.
Birdies were easy to come by in the first round of the 3M Open, led by Richy Werenski's 8-under 63. He's the Round 1 leader by a stroke.
His 7-over-par score included what he called a "tap-in" 9, and it followed consecutive 80s he shot last week at the Memorial Tournament, where he missed the cut.
Bulked-up PGA Tour sensation Bryson DeChambeau isn't at the 3M Open that begins Thursday, but Tony Finau, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson will play on a TPC Twin Cities susceptible to big hitters.
Defending 3M Open champion Matthew Wolff had trouble finding his parking spot when he first arrived back at TPC Twin Cities.
Tommy Fleetwood, No. 12 in the world, has not played in a tournament since professional sports shut down in mid-March. He makes his return to the PGA Tour this week in Blaine.
Dustin Johnson, who shot +16 over two rounds last week in Ohio, understands how fickle the game of golf is. At his best, Johnson, 36, has been good enough to win once every year since his rookie season in 2008.
Angus Flanagan earned a chance to wield his power and finesse weapons at this week's PGA Tour stop in Blaine.
Edinburgh USA pro Don Berry had hoped to play in several major tournaments this summer, but that was before the coronavirus pandemic changed everything.
The 3M Open returns to Blaine this week — but to satisfy health officials and PGA Tour executives, there will be no fans and no corporate tents among the 250 socially-distant acres at TPC Twin Cities.
"The more we play, the better for us and the more chances we have to win the game," Loons midfielder Jan Gregus said in a video conference call Friday night.
The draw keeps both teams atop Group D with a victory and a tie each in their first two of three group-play games.
No. 4 Dustin Johnson and No. 12 Tommy Fleetwood will make their Minnesota debuts at TPC Twin Cities.
Minnesota United will get used to late-night starts, while other teams wrestle with early-morning matches.