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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.
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Honduran teenage defender Rodas acquired on loan by MNUFC2

Honduran teenage defender Rodas acquired on loan by MNUFC2

Geremy Rodas, 18, is a center back who was named to the Honduras U-20 team and made six appearances for it. He follows fellow countrymen Kervin Arriaga and Joseph Rosales — both members of the MNUFC first team — to Minnesota.
Timberwolves point guard D’Angelo Russell guarded Isaac Okoro of the Cavaliers during Sunday’s 129-124 victory in Cleveland.

Post-practice work helps Wolves' Russell find his game

Point guard D'Angelo Russell had a big game Sunday against Cleveland to help Minnesota get back on track.
Minnesota United defender D.J. Taylor knocked Vancouver Whitecaps forward Brian White (24) off the ball on Oct. 9 at Allianz Field.

Loons retain Trapp, Taylor, Oluwaseyi; set sights on three others

Minnesota United also announced they are negotiating to keep Joseph Rosales, Jonathan Gonzalez and goalkeeper Tyler Miller.
San Jose’s Erik Karlsson is the top scoring defenseman in the NHL with 21 points.

Wild gameday: Marc Andre-Fleury is hot as team returns home from West Coast

San Jose, Sunday's opponent at Xcel Energy Center, halted a five-game winless streak on Friday.
Wild forward Mats Zuccarello, center, is congratulated by Jon Merrill, left, and Kirill Kaprizov for his goal during the first period Friday in Seattl

Zuccarello's goal, Fleury's saves preserve 1-0 Wild victory in Seattle

Fleury's 28-save night and 72nd career shutout — most among active NHL goaltenders — ended the Kraken's five-game winning streak.
Minnesota United captain Wil Trapp, center, was among the 17 players the Loons left unprotected for Friday’s expansion draft.

Who did the Loons leave unprotected for Friday's MLS expansion draft?

MLS teams could protect 12 players, and for the Loons, 17 others are available t be chosen by St. Louis CITY SC on Friday.
Jordan Greenway has played in only one game this season for the Wild.

Greenway returns to Wild after another shoulder injury

Big winger Jordan Greenway played only a couple of shifts in his only appearance of the season.
The Loons loaned Aziel Jackson, 21, to their MNUFC2 reserve team for its 2022 inaugural season. He played 23 games there, scored a team-high 10 goals

Minnesota United makes two trades: Dunbar in, Jackson out

The Loons sent Aziel Jackson to St. Louis CITY SC and acquired Cameron Dunbar from the L.A. Galaxy.
Whitecaps forward Stephanie Anderson (left) battled defender Sidney Morin during Tuesday’s practice at the Richfield Ice Arena.

Minnesota Whitecaps ready for a new season in a new home

The Whitecaps, who have moved to the Richfield Ice Arena, revamped their roster and committed to Ronda Engelhardt as coach after last season's 6-13 finish.
Amos Magee (shown at left next to former Loons player Darwin Quintero and coach Adrian Heath) is changing roles with the club.

Amos Magee to head Loons' youth development program

Minnesota United player personnel director Amos Magee is switching jobs within the organization and now will oversee the club's Youth Development Program.
Minnesota Aurora players walked off the TCO Stadium field and saluted fans July 23. The team’s average attendance was 5,626 during its inaugural sea

Minnesota Aurora talking to investors about turning pro

Before jumping to a professional league, the Aurora still plans to play in the amateur USL W league for the 2023 season after reaching the league's championship game this year.
Adrian Heath has led Minnesota United to four consecutive playoff berths, but three of those have resulted in first-round losses.

Five questions facing Loons this offseason after unsatisfying finish

Minnesota United has to assess which players should be brought back, as the team aims to make the MLS playoffs for the fifth consecutive season next year.
New York City FC lifted the trophy as MLS Cup Final champion in 2021. This year’s title game is Nov. 5.

Key dates for MLS playoffs and offseason

This year's offseason includes the World Cup in Qatar, which starts Nov. 20 and ends Dec. 18.
Supporters Logan Schweitzberger (right, from Brainerd) and Matt Garrett (left, from Columbia Heights) posed with Minnesota United mascot P.K. at MSP

18 hours, $138: Loons supporters fly to witness defeat in Dallas

Separated from FC Dallas fans by two rows of police tape, about 160 of Minnesota United's best fans made a quick trip to Texas that they hoped would work out better. Here's what fueled their passion.
FC Dallas forward Alan Velasco scored against Minnesota United goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair on a penalty kick in Frisco, Texas, After being tied 1-1, FC

Loons booted from playoffs by Dallas on penalty kicks; Heath vows change

After a 1-1 draw over 120 minutes, FC Dallas made all five of its penalty kicks to Minnesota United's four. Afterward, coach Adrain Heath said 'big and tough decisions' must be made about the roster.
Bongokuhle Hlongwane (shown against Portland in July) was back in the starting 11 against FC Dallas on Monday. Minnesota United went 1-3-1 with Hlongw

Hlongwane returns to Minnesota United starting lineup vs. FC Dallas

After a full day of training Sunday, Bongokuhle Hlongwane returned to his spot on the Loons' front line for their playoff opener.
Loons midfielder Bongokuhle Hlongwane could make the starting 11 for Monday’s playoff game against FC Dallas after more than a month out with a knee

Minnesota United at FC Dallas preview: Loons regain key players for playoffs

With Robin Lod, Kervin Arriaga and potentially Bongokuhle Hlongwane available for selection, the Loons have a shot at improving their 1-4-2 record in Dallas.
Alan Velasco of FC Dallas went up against the Loons’ Alan Benitez in the 3-0 loss on Sept. 3 at Allianz Field.

Can Loons carry road success into MLS playoff game at FC Dallas?

The Loons got an away win against FC Dallas in May, but Dallas beat them in Minnesota last month. It all comes down to Monday night.
Minnesota United midfielder Jonathan Gonzalez (6) scored in the 2-0 victory over Vancouver on Oct. 9 that qualified the Loons for the playoffs.

Jonathan Gonzalez, on loan for now, gaining comfort with Minnesota United

Gonzalez had a big game when the Loons needed it most last Sunday against Vancouver. He said he'd love to stay in the MLS beyond this season.
Minnesota United defender DJ Taylor, bottom, knocked Vancouver forward Brian White and the ball out of bounds in their game Sunday at Allianz Field.

Loons' back four returned to stingy ways in playoff-clinching win

Minnesota United's defensive group of Michael Boxall, Brent Kallman, DJ Taylor and Kemar Lawrence was strong, and the solid defense extended up the field.
Vancouver Whitecaps defender Luís Martins (14) leapt over Minnesota United defender D.J. Taylor (27) after Taylor took the ball from him in the first

Familiar foe: Loons vs. FC Dallas, this time in MLS playoff opener

It's been a little more than a month since Minnesota United had a meltdown, with Dallas scoring three goals in about four minutes.
Wil Trapp reacted towards the fan section after midfielder Jonathan Gonzalez scored in the second half Sunday on MLS’s “Decision Day.” loons won

Loons are MLS playoff-bound after 2-0 win over Vancouver

Sunday's "Decision Day" victory — and three points — was the Loons' first since August. They sealed it with a goal in each half.
Minnesota United goalie Dayne St. Clair got his fifth clean sheet of the season against Vancouver on Sunday.

Heath guides Loons to playoffs for fourth straight year

The Loons' 2-0 victory over Vancouver sealed a playoffs berth on the last day of the season.
Emanuel Reynoso, right, and Wil Trapp want more celebrations at Allianz Field like this one in August.

Loons 'gave up everything' in freefall but still control postseason fate

There's a complicated story behind Sunday's simple scenario: win or tie and the Loons make the playoffs. A loss would be the final crash in an epic collapse.
Lucas Cavallini, left, leads Vancouver in scoring with nine goals, and Ryan Gauld, right, is next with nine.

Gameday preview: Loons, Vancouver meet on Decision Day

The stakes are high for both teams on the last day of MLS' regular season.
Robin Lod is expected back Sunday.

Lod expected to play in Loons' high-stakes Sunday match

Minnesota United might win or tie, and the Loons are likely to have Robin Lod on the pitch to help them do so.
Minnesota United’s Wil Trapp, left, says of Sunday’s critical game against Vancouver: “Ultimately, it’s focusing on the 90-95 minutes we have

Only one way to describe MLS' late-season and Loons' playoff chase: 'crazy'

Minnesota United is on a six-game winless streak but can make the postseason with a win or a draw Sunday vs. Vancouver.
Minnesota United will be looking for more goal celebrations, like this one last month from Brent Kallman, on Sunday.

Minnesota United playoff scenarios: Here's what you need to know

It's all on the line Sunday for the Loons.
The Loons and the Vancouver Whitecaps are both fighting for one of the two remaining playoff spots in the Western Conference.

Winless streak means Loons' playoff chances left to Decision Day

Minnesota United needs to beat or tie Vancouver in its final game to squeak into the MLS playoffs.
Earthquakes players lifted up veteran midfielder Shea Salinas after Saturday night’s 2-0 victory over Minnesota United. The 36-year-old Salinas, who

Loons playoff hopes take hit after 2-0 loss to last-place San Jose

Six weeks ago, Minnesota United had lost once in 11 games and were aimed at third place and a first-round playoff game at Allianz Field. Now, even a playoff spot is in doubt.
Minnesota United midfielder Emanuel Reynoso, right, will be playing his first game Saturday since Sept. 13.

Loons ready to lean on Reynoso with a playoff berth on the line

Emanuel Reynoso is healthy again, back from suspension, and just signed a three-year contract extension with an option for 2026.
Robin Lod is questionable with a calf injury heading into Saturday’s game at San Jose.

Minnesota United has little room for error heading into Saturday's game at last-place San Jose

San Jose is coming off a 3-2 loss to the LA Galaxy and tied third-place Dallas 1-1 before that.
Minnesota United midfielder Emanuel Reynoso has 10 goals and 10 assists this season.

Loons sign star Reynoso to three-year extension, with option for 2026

The time is right to lock up midfielder Emanuel Reynoso, said coach Adrian Heath, adding that he has the potential to be an MVP-caliber player in Major League Soccer.
Luis Amarilla (9) and the rest of Minnesota United will close the regular season at home against Vancouver on Oct. 9.

Minnesota United clinging to final playoff spot with two games remaining

The Loons have players coming back from international play and from injury for Saturday's critical match at San Jose.
Minnesota United has two regular-season games remaining and is clinging to sixth place. The top seven teams make the playoffs.

Playoff math, injury updates on Lod and Reynoso, Heath on the Queen

As an England native, Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath said he has been "incredibly proud" of the tributes for the late Queen Elizabeth II.
Loons head coach Adrian Heath

Winless streak reaches five games for Loons with 4-1 loss at Sporting KC

Sporting KC scored first-half goals in the 31st, 41st and 45th minutes to take control.
Loons forward Franco Fragapane (right) has six goals and three assists this season.

Loons get Fragapane back for Saturday's game at Sporting KC

Despite likely missing the playoffs, Sporting KC has played well of late, and the Loons will be without Emanuel Reynoso.
Robin Lod’s immediate future is murky after leaving Tuesday’s draw against LAFC with a calf injury.

Lod unlikely, Reynoso suspended for Loons' next clash vs. Sporting KC

Robin Lod is "looking doubtful" for Saturday's game, but he might travel during the two-week international break to play for Finland.
Los Angeles FC's Kellyn Acosta (23) saves a potential goal by Minnesota United's Emanuel Reynoso during stoppage time in an MLS soccer match Tuesday,

Loons draw with LAFC; star Reynoso suspended for next match

Minnesota United broke a string of three matches without scoring to take the lead before LAFC rallied and a yellow card knocked Emanuel Reynoso out of Saturday's game.
Minnesota United forward Bongokuhle Hlongwane will likely be out for four to six weeks because of an ankle injury.

Minnesota United-LAFC game preview

The Loons try to break out of their three-game losing streak in which they have not scored a goal.
Minnesota United defender Michael Boxall (15) cleared away a corner kick against Houston on Aug. 27 in the Loons’ most recent victory.

Minnesota United needs a turnaround against first-place LAFC

The Loons are coming off three consecutive shutout losses and face the top team in the Western Conference on Tuesday night at Allianz Field.
Cleveland Guardians pitcher James Karinchak, right, and catcher Austin Hedges celebrate after they defeated the Twins on Sunday.

Guardians sweep series, knock Twins under .500 for first time since April

The Twins are under .500 for the first time since they were 7-8 on April 23. They have lost nine of their last 11 games and play the Guardians five more times starting Sunday in Cleveland.
Twins righthander Josh Winder threw four innings against the Guardians in a 4-1 loss Sunday.

Twins rookie Winder pitches himself into late-season starting rotation

After making his first start since July 12 on Sunday, the righthander has earned manager Rocco Baldelli's attention — and quite possibly a few more starts.
Shane Bieber left with runners on the corners, but the Twins stranded them to keep the Guardians in the lead.

Sunday's Twins-Cleveland recap: Guardians finish the sweep

A quick look at the series finale, which the Guardians won 4-1.
Loons head coach Adrian Heath

Loons fall 1-0 to Portland, shut out for third consecutive game

Minnesota United hasn't scored a goal since a 2-1 home victory over Houston on Aug. 27.
Twins star Carlos Correa, a righthanded hitter, says Major League Baseball’s new rule banning defensive shifts will be especially helpful to lefthan

Correa: Baseball's big rule changes good for fans, left-handed hitters

Carlos Correa believes in defensive shifts as a fielder but says eliminating them "is going to help a lot of hitters." One of them, based on this year's statistics, could be Max Kepler.
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Dylan Bundy, second from right,, hands the ball to manager Rocco Baldelli, left, while being pulled from a baseball g

Twins fall to third after Bundy bashed, rally falls one-run short

Dylan Bundy yielded three home runs among the 12 hits Cleveland got off him — leaving behind a 7-0 deficit that the Twins tried unsuccessfully to close.
Minnesota United midfielder Hassani Dotson has missed most of the season with a torn ACL, but the time off has given him a new perspective.

Loons midfielder Dotson relishes parenthood as his knee recovers

Dotson, now 25, was lost to a season-ending ACL injury in late April but plans to be full-go by January.
Loons midfielder Emanuel Reynoso is day-to-day after aggravating his ankle last Saturday but may play against Portland.

Loons at Portland: Minnesota United hoping to bust slump amid injury troubles

Emanuel Reynoso is questionable and Franco Fragapane is serving a two-game suspension as the Loons face Western Conference rival Portland.
Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath said he didn’t think his team played all that badly against FC Dallas on Saturday at home.

Slumping Minnesota United needs to defend better, coach Heath says

The Loons have lost their past two games by identical 3-0 scores.
Minnesota United’s Alan Benitez, left, tried to work his way around FC Dallas’ Alan Velasco during Saturday’s match at Allianz Field i

Minnesota United suffers second consecutive 3-0 loss

The Loons played FC Dallas to a scoreless draw in the first half, but the floodgates opened on them early in the second.
Minnesota United’s Emanuel Reynoso looked up during Saturday’s 3-0 loss to FC Dallas at Allianz Field.

Reynoso leaves Loons game early with swollen ankle

Minnesota United star midfielder Emanuel Reynoso was subbed off in the 62nd minute.
Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath

Loons have too much at stake Saturday to let Salt Lake loss linger

The Loons are clinging to third place in the Western Conference with six games remaining, starting with FC Dallas on Saturday at Allianz Field.
Minnesota United left back Kemar Lawrence is available for selection against FC Dallas after missing three games with an injury.

Loons, FC Dallas fighting for prime playoff position in MLS' Western Conference

After beating FC Dallas away for the first time in May, the Loons could sweep them for the first time with a home win on Saturday.
Real Salt Lake forward Justin Meram (in red) tried to stay ahead of Minnesota United defender Alan Benitez in their match Wednesday night in Sandy, Ut

Minnesota United lineup changes apparent in 3-0 loss at Real Salt Lake

With star playmaker Emanuel Reynoso home to rest and five other starting 11 adjustments made by coach Adrian Heath, the Loons were shut out for the first time since a 1-0 home loss to New York City FC on May 28.
Loons defender Brent Kallman, sporting a mustache but not as thick as the one he brought to the field last Saturday against Houston, faced Colorado’

Loons turn to veteran Brent Kallman to step up

Bakaye Dibassy's season-ending injury has thrust Kallman into the starting lineup at center back, and he looks to uphold coach Adrian Heath's faith in him.
Forward Sergio Cordova, left, leads Real Salt Lake with 11 goals scored.

Minnesota United at Real Salt Lake preview

The Loons, in third place in MLS' Western Conference, play at sixth-place Real Salt Lake on Wednesday and host fourth-place FC Dallas on Saturday.
Athletic trainers tended to Minnesota United center back Bakaye Dibassy when he injured his right leg Saturday at Allianz Field.

Key Loons defender Dibassy out for season, likely will miss start of 2023

Bakaye Dibassy ruptured his right quadricep muscle in Saturday's 2-1 victory over Houston.
Minnesota United center back Bakaye Dibassy was tended to after suffering a leg injury in Saturday’s game against Houston at Allianz Field.

Loons' Dibassy suffers possibly serious leg injury

Minnesota United center back Bakaye Dibassy went down in the seventh minute Saturday against Houston, and coach Adrian Heath said "it doesn't look good."
Houston Dynamo forward Corey Baird takes the ball past Minnesota United midfielder Franco Fragapane during the first half

Trailing until late, Loons rally with two goals to defeat Houston

Minnesota United's Luis Amarilla scored the winning goal in the 84th minute with a powerful right-foot volley off right back Alan Benitez's cross
Loons defender Alan Benítez (2) has helped fuel the team’s recent surge.

Loons newcomer finds a fit in Adrian Heath's system

Acquired from Paraguay's first division, Alan Benitez has played in five games for the Loons and started the past three. There's a reason he has fit in so quickly.
Houston’s Darwin Quintero, a former Loons star, has seven goals and four assists this season.

Minnesota United vs. Houston preview: Loons look to continue strong play

The fourth-place Loons have lost only once in their past 10 games as they face the 13th-place Dynamo.
The last time the Loons played Houston on July 23, Bongokuhle Hlongwane (right) celebrated with Kemar Lawrence after scoring the deciding goal in a 2-

Surging Minnesota United wary of a letdown against Houston

Houston is 0-4-1 in its past five, but Loons coach Adrian Heath chalked up some of that to bad fortune.
Minnesota United teammates Emanuel Reynoso, Franco Fragapane and Luis Amarilla celebrated after Reynoso’s first-half penalty against Austin FC.

Fragapane's goal in 62nd minute gives Loons a win over Austin FC

Franco Fragapane's chip over keeper Brad Stuver sealed a 2-1 home win over Austin, who are in second place in the MLS Western Conference.
Minnesota United forward Luis Amarilla has been in spectacular form over the last ten games, with six goals and five assists.

Loons striker Amarilla starting to flourish as comfort grows

Luis Amarilla is leading the Loons through a successful patch while finally fully settling into Minnesota life.
Former Loons midfielder Ethan Finlay joined Austin FC last offseason and will make his first return to Allianz on Saturday.

Former Loons midfielder Finlay makes Allianz Field return

Austin FC is second in the Western Conference and 10 points ahead of the Loons.
Minnesota United’s Robin Lod, right, might remain in more of a defensive role because the Loons’ front four is producing.

Minnesota United coach ponders Lod's role with front four intact

Adrian Heath likes what he's seen from Franco Fragapane, Emanuel Reynoso, Bongokuhle Hlongwane and Luis Amarilla up front, meaning Robin Lod might remain in a center and defensive position.
Minnesota United goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair moved over to stop the attack of Nashville SC forward C.J. Sapong, with the help of defender Bakaye Dibass

Minnesota United wins club-record sixth road game, nips Nashville 2-1

Franco Fragapane scored in the first half for the Loons before Alan Benitez came up with the game-winner in the 75th minute, his first goal in his fourth MLS appearance.
MLS All-Star Walker Zimmerman, left, fought Liga MX All-Star Julián Quiñones for the ball during Wednesday’s All-Star Game.

Loons at Nashville preview: From All-Star teammates to star opponents

After four days together in the Twin Cities, Minnesota United's Dayne St. Clair and Emanuel Reynoso will face All-Star Game teammates Walker Zimmerman and Hany Mukhtar in Nashville.
Jonathan Gonzalez, center, played for Mexican side Monterrey from 2017 to 2021, scoring one goal in 84 appearances.

Minnesota United's new signing Gonzalez returns vs. Nashville

Jonathan Gonzalez, a 23-year-old Mexican-American, hopes to overcome past injury issues and reinvigorate his career in MLS play with the Loons.
Kervin Arriaga, right, has recovered from the injury that kept him out of the past few Minnesota United games and is available for selection against N

Loons sort through roster, injury updates ahead of Nashville trip

Newcomer Jonathan Gonzalez will travel with the team, and Kervin Arriaga and midfielder Robin Lod are back from injuries.
Loons goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair stops the ball in the first half of the MLS All-Star game against Liga MX at Allianz Field on Wednesday.

Loons goalie St. Clair named MVP as MLS wins All-Star Game

Minnesota United goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair held Mexico's Liga MX stars scoreless during the middle third of the game, including making a big save that helped preserve a two-goal lead.
Alec Smir kicks the ball during a Goalie Wars challenge on Tuesday

Loons development team 'keeper wins All-Star 'Goalie Wars' challenge

On a night Minnesota United's Emanuel Reynoso and Dayne St. Clair had the MLS All-Star stage to shine, a goalkeeper from their reserve MNUFC2 team walked off to cheers.
Minnesota United FC midfielder Emanuel Reynoso, Houston Dynamo FC midfielder Hector Herrera and FC Dallas forward Jesús Ferreira celebrate winning th

As MLS gains on Liga MX, All-Star Game helps grow both leagues

Wednesday's matchup at Allianz Field follows a compelling 2021 contest in Los Angeles.
The crowd at the MLS All-Star Skills Challenge competition against Liga MX at Allianz Field on Tuesday.

MLS boss admires Allianz Field site that once was 'seriously ugly'

Commissioner Don Garber praised the building of Minnesota United as an MLS franchise and its stadium as an attraction.