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Jerry Zgoda

Reporter | Minnesota United FC
Phone: 612-673-7197

Jerry Zgoda covers Minnesota United FC and Major League Soccer for the Star Tribune.


Zgoda has been a Star Tribune sportswriter so long, his first beat directly out of college was covering the North Stars. In nearly 30 years, he has covered the NHL, the Wolves and the NBA twice (he missed the first Kevin Garnett era, which says something about his sense of timing), Gophers and NCAA athletics, the radio/TV beat, major-championship golf and outdoor recreation.
Recent content from Jerry Zgoda
Goalkeeper Adrian Zendejas during his lone career MLS match, for Sporting Kansas City at FC Cincinnati on April 7, 2019.

Minnesota United trades for goalkeeper to shore up thin ranks

The Loons acquired Adrian Zendejas from Nashville SC to back up new starter Dayne St. Clair.
Tony Jacklin won the U.S. Open at Hazeltine in 1970.

Jacklin has great memories of winning '70 U.S. Open at Hazeltine

The lopsided victory was nearly record-setting as Minnesota was the center of the golf world.
Tony Jacklin was a vice captain for Europe at the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine. He won the U.S. Open there in 1970.

Tony Jacklin's U.S. Open victory came with Rochester teen Tom Murphy on the bag

Murphy went to be become a successful businessman and golf coach at Lourdes High School.
Minnesota United’s Dayne St. Clair, shown in the game Sunday against Sporting Kansas City, is the third goalkeeper used by the team this season.

Packed schedule taking toll on Loons health, and there's more ahead

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.
Minnesota United defender James Musa, left, heads the ball against Sporting Kansas City forward Gianluca Busio

Sporting KC gets late goal to top Loons 1-0

Johnny Russell finally scored in the 80th minute for a Sporting Kansas City team that came at the Loons in waves all night.
Dibassy

French defender Dibassy gets minutes as Loons rest starters

Four days after he made his brief debut, newly acquired French left-side defender Bakaye Dibassy on Sunday made his first MLS start
Thiago Santos (5) of Dallas FC and Jan Gregus of the United fought for the ball during Wednesday’s game at Allianz Field.

Gregus, Reynoso give Loons nothing to kick about

Added skills from new teammates Jan Gregus and Emanuel Reynoso make the Loons a team to reckoned with as the MLS playoff approach.
Jose Aja of the Loons and Pablo Aránguiz (10) of Dallas FC fought for the ball during Wednesday’s game at Allianz Field.

Schedule update: Loons to play Houston, Columbus and Salt Lake in September

The next three games on the Loons' schedule were set as the MLS deals with COVID-19 protocols.
Emanuel Reynoso was greeted by Loons coach Adrian Heath as he came off the pitch Sunday night.

Reynoso's all-around play makes him extra valuable for Loons

Emanuel Reynoso, the new attacking midfielder for Minnesota United, survived a gunshot in his teens to become a standout player in Argentina.
Robin Lod, left, and FC Dallas’ Andrés Ricaurte battled for the ball during the Loons’ 3-2 victory on Wednesday at Alliaz Field.

Loons move into first place despite injury issues

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.
Lod

Lod more comfortable, effective for Loons playing on right side

Robin Lod's second goal Sunday displayed his greater ease at the position.
The Loons’ Kevin Molino scored on a penalty in the second half, his second goal of the game giving Minnesota United a 3-1 lead.

Late penalty kick gives Loons 3-2 victory over FC Dallas

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 was a two-time All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference player at St. Cloud State.

Ex-Minnesota 4th grade teacher surprises with European golf tour victory

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 midfielder Emanuel Reynoso (10) was greeted by coach Adrian Heath as he came off the pitch in the second half against Real Salt Lake

Reynoso shows deft passing touch as he warms to new Loons teammates

Minnesota United's new designated player helped create two goals in a 4-0 victory and left his coach and teammates impressed.
Minnesota United’s Dayne St. Clair (shown in practice) responded with a shutout Sunday night when he got the call for his first MLS start, which the

St. Clair's clean sheet gives Loons a needed change

Dayne St. Clair's shutout was backed by an offensive explosion in the second half against Real Salt Lake on Sunday.
Minnesota United midfielder Kevin Molino (7) took a second-half shot on Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Zac MacMath while being defended closely by Nedum On

Minnesota United surges in second half, crushes Real Salt Lake 4-0

Reynoso shrugs off contact, is catalyst on early goals.
Minnesota United captain Ozzie Alonso on Sunday returned to the starting 11 against Real Salt Lake but played only 16 minutes.

Minnesota United's Alonso injured in return to lineup

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.
Goalkeeper Vito Mannone

Bring back Mannone? Heath says 'it's something we are assessing'

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.
Emanuel Reynoso, newly signed Minnesota United player, working out at the National Sports Center in Blaine.

Through complicated twists, 'Bebelo' chose Loons in record deal

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.
Houston Dynamo forward and former Loon Darwin Quintero (23) dribbles past Minnesota United’s Jan Gregus and Marlon Hairston (94) in the first half W

Heath: 'Something different' needed to smooth Loons' rough patch

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.
Minnesota United midfielder Robin Lod (17) tries to stop Houston Dynamo defender Adam Lundqvist (3) during the first half

Reynoso makes debut but Loons drop fourth consecutive game

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.
Minnesota United head coach Adrian Heath

Even with recent additions, Loons have roster flexibility

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.
Boca Juniors’s Emanuel Reynoso, right, during a match against Tijuana on July 10, 2019 in Tijuana, Mexico.

Reynoso set to join Loons for Wednesday's game in Houston

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.
Minnesota United FC coach Adrian Heath (shown in a 2019 match vs. Sporting Kansas City) sent four substitutes into Saturday's 3-1 loss at FC Dallas af

Loons' Heath: 'If I had more substitutes … I would have made more changes'

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.
Allianz Field.

Loons, Ramsey County discuss making Allianz Field a polling place

Loons coach Adrian Heath is "still in the dark" on the star defender's status.
Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath during a game last year.

Slow start dooms Minnesota United in 3-1 loss at Dallas

After a bad start, Adrian Heath replaced all of his attackers at halftime.
Minnesota United forward Luis Amarilla (9) reacted after scoring a goal in a preseason match against New England on Feb. 16 at Providence Park in Port

Minnesota United's Luis Amarilla looks to get scoring again

Coach Adrian Heath said his team needs to get its prolific striker more involved in the run of play.
Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath.

Loons to get taste of same-day, down-and-back chartered air travel

After labor agreement and upon pandemic, all teams fly that way.
Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath gave his players direction in the first half of last week's game against Sporting Kansas City as defender Chase Ga

Heath: Loons to practice, play 'as normal' in wake of postponements

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.
Fred Emmings, a 6-6 sophomore at St. Paul Central, practiced with the Minnesota United last January in Blaine. Emmings was signed after he developed t

Loons roll out new approach to elite youth player development

The plan is called an effort to "broaden the net" as MLS pushes to improve the caliber of U.S.-trained players.
Boca Juniors’s Emanuel Reynoso, right, gestured during a friendly against Tijuana on July 10, 2019 in Tijuana, Mexico.

Months-long Loons pursuit ends successfully as Reynoso arrives

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.
During one of his two starts in goal last season for Orlando City, Greg Ranjitsingh makes a save against the Portland Timbers.

Loons keeper Ranjitsingh gains comfort with starting assignment

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.
Sporting Kansas City defender Winston Reid jumped for a header off a Minnesota United corner kick Friday night

Loons fall 2-1 to Sporting Kansas City in return to Allianz Field

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.
Minnesota United players took a team photo before Friday night's game against Sporting Kansas City.

Allianz Field's grass field gets big upgrade during shutdown

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.
Minnesota United midfielder Ethan Finlay celebrated after a goal against Real Salt Lake on Sept. 15, 2019 at Allianz Field.

Will Loons' home-field edge hold up with no fans?

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.
Minnesota United goalkeeper Tyler Miller (1) made the game winning save on a penalty kick against the Columbus Crew in an MLS is Back tournament game

Loons starting goalkeeper Miller out for the season after hip surgery

With Tyler Miller out, the team has recalled Dayne St. Clair, who had been loaned in February to USL Championship side San Antonio.
Resuming MLS play “has come back right around the corner, as soon as we got home,’’Minnesota United forward Raheem Edwards said. “It’s excit

Bubble-free at last, Loons now face next tough challenge at home

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 holds the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park on Aug. 9

Now a major champ, Morikawa recalls 2019 3M Open as 'where it all started'

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.
Montreal Impact’s Mathieu Choiniere, left, tried to fend off Minnesota United’s Brent Kallman in a July 6, 2019 game in Montreal.

Minnesota United loans defender Brent Kallman to El Paso

The Woodbury native has not played for the Loons since a 2019 suspension.
Minnesota FC defender Ike Opara (3), shown here in a 2019 game against Portland at Allianz Field, has not played for the Loons since their first two r

Loons' Opara not expected back for restart of MLS regular season

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.
Minnesota United goalkeeper Tyler Miller blocked a shot by Orlando City forward Tesho Akindele during the first half of an MLS soccer match, Aug. 6, 2

Minnesota United FC will play in St. Paul on Aug. 21 as MLS resumes regular season

Majority of games will be played without spectators.
The Loons gathered to celebrate a goal during the MLS is Back Tournament, where they lasted until they were ousted by Orlando City in the semifinals T

Loons fly home from Orlando a disappointed but tighter bunch

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.
Minnesota United defender Michael Boxall, right, tried to block a shot by Orlando City forward Tesho Akindele in the first half of the MLS is Back sem

Seeking more players, Minnesota United upbeat to get started toward playoffs again

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.
Minnesota United midfielder Hassani Dotson couldn’t believe he missed a golden scoring opportunity against Orlando City.

Loons out of MLS is Back tourney after semifinal loss to Orlando City

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.
Minnesota United players ran across Allianz Field during a practice on March 10, just a few days before the MLS regular season was put on hold by the

MLS to resume in-market games after Orlando tournament in 'bubble' ends Tuesday

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.
San Jose Earthquakes forward Cristian Espinoza, left, and Minnesota United defender Chase Gasper vied for the ball in the first half Saturday.

Prestige bump awaits as Loons, Orlando City vie for tourney final spot

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.
Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath waved to fans in the stands from the field in Orlando before a match against Orlando City on March 10, 2018.

Playing Orlando City never just another game for Loons' coach Heath

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.
Bakaye Dibassy

Loons add left-side depth by signing veteran from French club

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.
Minnesota United midfielder Hassani Dotson has filled in admirably for the injured Kevin Molino and Romain Metanire in recent games.

Loons overcome injuries by showing confidence in Dotson

Second-year MLS player sets up two goals, plays shut-down defense in quarterfinal win over San Jose.
San Jose Earthquakes forward Cristian Espinoza, left, and Minnesota United defender Chase Gasper vie for the ball during the first half

Loons roll into MLS is Back semis with 4-1 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 goalkeeper Tyler Miller is among the Loons players trying out a new look in Orlando.

Watching facial hair grow helps Loons pass the time in Orlando

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.
Jan Gregus controlled the ball when the Loons played the Crew, and he put it where he wanted it when the Loons needed a goal.

Even without set-piece scorer, Loons' Gregus serves up winners

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.
San Jose Earthquakes' Magnus Eriksson (7) keeps the ball away from Minnesota United FC's Robin Lod, left, in the first half of a game March 7.

Loons take on most worrisome of opponents: One they just keep defeating

Minnesota United is 3-0 against San Jose, including a victory in March, since the Earthquakes hired coach Matias Almeyda.
Minnesota United defender Romain Metanire (19) had to leave the game Tuesday after he slowed down and grabbed his hamstring while Columbus Crew midfie

Injured Loon starters Metanire, Molino 'game day decisions'

Minnesota United plays Saturday against San Jose in the quarterfinals of the MLS is Back tournament in Orlando.
Michael Thompson after winning the 3M Open on Sunday.

Thompson still celebrating 3M Open victory

An invite to the World Golf Championship is extra bonus for the former Crimson Tide standout.
Michael Thompson played from a bunker on the 12th hole Sunday on his way to victory at the 3M Open.

3M Open has plenty of emotion, now hopes for return to normalcy

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.
A meeting of the minds between champion Michael Thompson and caddie Damian Lopez inspired Thompson, who closed out the 3M Open with two birdies on the

Tearful Thompson wins 3M Open for first victory in seven years

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.
Defending champion Matthew Wolff talked with his caddie during the second round of the 3M Open on Friday.

Matthew Wolff can't make it 2-for-2 at 3M Open after too many missed putts

The winner of last year's inaugural event finished in a tie for 12th after shooting 67 on Sunday.
Michael Thompson looks over a putt on the 12th green during the third round of the 3M Open

Thompson, Werenski stand strong atop 3M Open leaderboard

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 hits from the 14th tee during opening round of the Workday Charity Open on July 9

McCarthy, cleared after testing positive for COVID-19, plays solo at 3M Open

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.
Richy Werenski plays his shot from the 11th tee during the second round of the 3M Open

Finau lurks behind co-leaders Thompson, Werenski at 3M Open

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, in 2013

Van Pelt delighted to be back in PGA Tour action at 3M Open

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.
Richy Werenski celebrates after a birdie on the 18th hole to give him the lead of the during the first round of the 3M Open

Werenski goes from 'Big Break' winner to 3M Open leader

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.
Dustin Johnson tees off on the fourth hole during the first round of the 3M Open

Johnson exits 3M Open with quadruple-bogey 9 on his sccorecard

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.
Brooks Koepka at the Workday Charity Open on July 10 in Dublin, Ohio.

Big hitters Koepka, Finau, Bubba, DJ will attack 3M Open course

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.
Matthew Wolff

Defending 3M Open champ Wolff finds out he's in the front row

Defending 3M Open champion Matthew Wolff had trouble finding his parking spot when he first arrived back at TPC Twin Cities.
Tommy Fleetwood

After long layoff, Fleetwood returns to play at the 3M Open

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 tees off on the 18th hole during the final round of the Travelers Championship

DJ confident for 3M Open debut despite missing cut last weekend

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.
Big Ten co-champion Angus Flanagan of the Gophers received a sponsor’s exemption to the PGA Tour’s 3M Open after a strong victory in the Minnesota

Gophers golfer Flanagan will bring more than power to 3M Open

Angus Flanagan earned a chance to wield his power and finesse weapons at this week's PGA Tour stop in Blaine.
Berry

Busy summer for Berry is casualty of pandemic

Edinburgh USA pro Don Berry had hoped to play in several major tournaments this summer, but that was before the coronavirus pandemic changed everything.
Lucas Glover hit onto the green at the18th hole during the final day of last year's 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities.

At 3M Open, pro golf's soundtrack is muted made-for-TV event

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.
Loons midfielder Jan Gregus, left, and Real Salt Lake midfielder Damir Kreilach battled for the ball Friday night.

Big blocks of stoppage time working in Loons' favor

"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.
Real Salt Lake defender Aaron Herrera went to the grass in an attempt to slow Loons midfielder Robin Lod during the first half Friday, part of a game

Loons and Real Salt Lake play to scoreless draw in MLS is Back Tournament

The draw keeps both teams atop Group D with a victory and a tie each in their first two of three group-play games.
Dustin Johnson hits toward the ninth green during the second round of the Memorial golf tournament

Long hitters highlight next week's 3M Open field in Blaine

No. 4 Dustin Johnson and No. 12 Tommy Fleetwood will make their Minnesota debuts at TPC Twin Cities.
Minnesota United midfielder Hassani Dotson controls a ball in front of Sporting Kansas City defender Roberto Puncec

Loons find 'there's not a normal' in Florida schedule

Minnesota United will get used to late-night starts, while other teams wrestle with early-morning matches.