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Isolation is harder to embrace for Minnesota United's international players, whose families are thousands of miles away.
Golfers played Thursday in Shakopee and New Prague, which remained open while others were shut down. The stay-at-home order goes into effect this weekend.
On Twitter, the supporters group Red Loons posted, "Sad to report @MNUFC has the WORST response to the COVID-19 crisis in MLS." The team declined comment.
Golf tournaments with $75 million in prize money have been affected by coronavirus shutdowns. That means star players will likely enter as many remaining events as they can to earn lucrative FedEx Cup points.
Minnesota United players have taken to outdoor runs, workouts in their apartments or running apartment stairs to remain fit.
Disappointment and patience clash among loyal Loons fans.
After a 2-0 start, four home games were to be next.
The MLS announced a 30-day suspension of its season, joining other pro sports leagues trying to help slow the spread of coronavirus. Minnesota United was scheduled to host its home opener on Sunday in St. Paul.
Minnesota United defender Ike Opara left Earthquakes Stadium on Saturday with two goals and a souvenir: former teammate Chris Wondolowski's game jersey.
The 20-man Olympic qualifying roster will be named by Tuesday.
Aaron Schoenfeld, a 6-4 striker, spent the past four years playing in Israel.
Kevin Molino and newcomer Luis Amarilla carried the Loons to their season-opening victory.
Toye was odd man out in Loons opener, but his chance will come.
Minnesota United traded $200,000 in combined allocation money to LAFC and signed Tyler Miller to a three-year contract with a team option for a fourth season.
New striker Luis Amarilla said he'll score 25 goals for the Loons, and he's not backing off a bit. "He'll probably be MVP of the league if he gets 25," coach Adrian Heath said. "Which would be nice."
Offseason martial arts training and a year of MLS experience have the Loons' midfielder being eyed for scoring more goals with his booming shot.
Uruguayan teenager Thomas Chacon has started his first MLS season with nifty footwork and offense.
Starting with the dark days of last fall when his 10-match suspension started, veteran defender Brent Kallman found purpose and time.
According to sources, Emanuel Reynoso will come to Minnesota and MLS on a club-record $5.5 million transfer fee and will be signed for the next five seasons as one of the team's three allowed "designated players."
Kevin Molino and Ethan Finlay returned last season from knee surgeries. Born fewer than two months apart, both now are 29 amid signs that each is getting back to the player he was before surgery.
When Minnesota United executives analyzed last season, they concluded what their team lacked most was goal scorers. That's where Luis Amarilla fits in for 2020.
Coach Adrian Heath says he hopes to land the 24-year-old "in the next week or so."
St. Paul Central sophomore Fred Emmings signed a pro contract with Minnesota United and has been training with the team in Florida, all before he could even consider getting a driver's license.
The five-year agreement means expanded free agency, higher player minimum salaries and more flexibility for clubs in how they spend money to acquire players.
New Zealander Michael Boxall has been joined by fellow countrymen James Musa, via free-agent signing, and draft pick Noah Billingsley. "You can't have too many,'' coach Adrian Heath said.
The Finnish midfielder looks to settle in, contribute more in 2020.
The Southern California soccer player grew up adoring Kobe Bryant, collecting jerseys and sneakers bearing his name, and credited a chance encounter with the NBA star for changing his life.
The 24-year-old Paraguayan attacker is expected to fill a scoring need for Minnesota United and bring more athleticism to its lineup.
The 34-year-old centerpiece of Minnesota United's first winning season said the team has the needed youth, talent and experience.
A self-professed scorer who inevitably didn't score enough goals, Angelo Rodriguez scored nine goals in 39 games over two seasons with United
At 26, Tyler Miller is part of a movement with a United team that coach Adrian Heath acknowledges must get younger and more athletic.
McAuley, most recently an assistant coach at Orlando City, fills the vacancy created when Mark Watson was named the Loons' technical director.
Among the fans at Saturday's Timberwolves game was Harold Gifford, 96, one of the pilots on a plane that narrowly averted tragedy when it came down in an Iowa cornfield.
After making the MLS playoffs with an improved defense, Minnesota United faces a key need at the other end of the pitch: Who's going to score?
After the team's successful MLS season in 2019, the Loons have restructured team management to give coach Adrian Heath a bigger role in player personnel decisions.
The 27-year-old is a defensive midfielder or defender who has his green card.
Tyler Miller signed a three-year deal. The Loons also have reached agreements with Paraguayan striker Luis Amarilla and USL Championship defensive midfielder/center back James Musa.
A Loons official said its offers to Vic Mannone would have made the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year the league's most highly compensated. The Loons also selected a versatile New Zealand defender in the MLS SuperDraft.
Nine days before players report for a new season, Minnesota United will try its luck in the MLS draft while, at the same time, looking to fill some needs with veterans.
Kevin Love has spent as many seasons in Cleveland — six — as he did for a Timberwolves team that acquired him in a 2008 draft-night trade but never reached the playoffs with him as its star.
No Karl-Anthony Towns and no Andrew Wiggins meant no victory, for the 12th time in 13 games.
He had found his shooting stroke in recent games.
The Loons' 2020 regular season schedule, released Thursday, includes what portends to be a chilly four-game homestand in March and early April.
Minnesota United still could retain Miguel Ibarra, its longest-tenured player, with a lesser deal.
The Cornhuskers won the first two sets before the U battled back, then buckled.
Airi Miyabe left Japan to learn a new language, experience another culture and traditions, and to develop her skills at Minnesota while playing volleyball at the highest NCAA levels.
Minnesota United took the UCLA star first in the 2017 SuperDraft before its inaugural season, hoping he would become a centerpiece for its future.
They're among issues on the bargaining table, trying to reach a new labor deal for a sport in an aspiring "league of choice."
The coach's on-field dash to check on wide receiver Tyler Johnson drew a penalty following a controversial play when Johnson took a late hit after dropping a pass.
He caught a 97-yard TD and kicked a 52-yard FG.
Both sides entered the match 13-1 and tied for first place in the Big Ten before Wisconsin defeated Minnesota for the second time this season.
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.
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.
Five days after a season-opening home loss, the 23rd-ranked Gophers women's basketball team started better, defended better and rebounded better.
Adrian Heath and Mark Watson have worked together since Watson was Heath's assistant at Orlando City in 2014.
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.
Oscar Smythe scored both goals for the Hornets, who trailed only once this year.
A hold-up player who controls the ball and sometimes the game with her feet, junior midfielder Emma Fournier proved in Maple Grove's 2-1 victory over…
Two early interceptions on Saturday put the Gophers in firm control over Maryland.
Rasmus Schuller, A Finnish national-team member, was among the players let go.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Concern over the turf existed even before the St. John's-St. Thomas game.
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.
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.
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.
Thomas Chacon, the Loons' 19-year-old Uruguayan newcomer, adjusts to America as he and the team take the soccer slowly.
Loons players depart with no worries, as MLS playoffs no longer conflict with FIFA break.
Seattle on Sunday topped the Loons 1-0 and Houston's victory over LA Galaxy put Minnesota into fourth place and a home playoff date.
Sunday's 1-0 loss at Seattle determined who'd finish second and earn conceivably two home playoff games.
The Loons will secure at least one home playoff game if they win or possibly if they tie Sunday in Ozzie Alonso's return to Seattle, where he starred for a decade.
Newcomers to this year's team dot several MLS categories, led by former Defender of the Year Ike Opara, who is a threat to win it again.