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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
Minnesota United goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair

St. Clair among five Loons players called to their national teams

Minnesota United defender Michael Boxall also has a chance to reach the World Cup with New Zealand.
Minnesota United’s Luis Amarilla reacts during Wednesday night’s game, a 2-1 loss in the U.S. Open Cup.

Loons lose 2-1 to USL League One team Union Omaha in U.S. Open Cup

The Loons gave up a 1-0 lead to the lower-level opponent, and fell in the round of 16 of the U.S. Open Cup.
Minnesota United players celebrated a goal in the Loons’ 2-1 U.S. Open Cup victory over the Colorado Rapids on May 12.

Gameday preview: Minnesota United vs. Union Omaha

The Loons will play without defender Brent Kallman, out because of a suspension, in Wednesday's round of 16 U.S. Open Cup game at Allianz Field.
Aziel Jackson is among the players likely to get playing time for Minnesota United in its U.S. Open Cup game against Union Omaha on Wednesday.

Loons to field 'mixed bag' lineup in U.S. Open Cup game

A busy schedule, injuries and suspensions present issues for Minnesota in preparing to face USL squad Union Omaha on Wednesday at Allianz Field.
DJ Taylor made a play for Minnesota United against the L.A. Galaxy last Wednesday at Allianz Field.

Loons defender DJ Taylor seizes opportunity to talk about mental health

Taylor earned Man of the Match honors Sunday and donated the accompanying $1,000 to the National Alliance on Mental Illness Minnesota.
Robin Lod now has the highest goal tally in Minnesota United history, with 22.

Loons keep same starting 11 for first time this season

DJ Taylor started his second consecutive game and scored in the 55th minute.
FC Dallas’ Franco Jara tried to go around Minnesota United defender Michael Boxall during the first half Sunday night in Frisco, Texas.

Loons get back to winning ways with 2-1 victory at Dallas

Sunday's decision stopped a four-game winless streak for the Loons, who got goals from Robin Lod and DJ Taylor.
Minnesota United veteran Robin Lod

Loons' Lod says delaying mandatory military training 'wasn't the best decision'

Minnesota United attacker Robin Lod spent 10 winter weeks training in home country of Finland's forests.
The Loons are unbeaten against FC Dallas in five games with a 3-0-2 record.

Minnesota United at FC Dallas preview: Loons looking to break winless streak

While the Loons are winless in their last four, they haven't lost to FC Dallas in their last five consecutive matchups.
Franco Fragapane helped create several scoring chances during Minnesota United’s 1-1 tie with LA Galaxy at Allianz Field on Wednesday night.

Loons score 'angry' draw with Galaxy on Lod's goal late in second half

Somebody told Adrian Heath that he seemed angry after Wednesday's comeback 1-1 draw. He was. But the coach's crankiness wasn't directed at his team's play.
Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath yelled after Emanuel Reynoso, bottom left, was tackled by Sporting Kansas City defender Amadou Dia in October 2021

Heath predicts new surface at Allianz Field will be big improvement

Work to reinforce the current grass with synthetic fibers has already begun on the field and is expected to be completed by the end of the month.
Minnesota United forward Adrien Hunou is earning $2,687,702 in guaranteed compensation.

Little-played Hunou tops Loons salary list at $2.68 million

The Minnesota United forward, who is scoreless this season, makes more than twice as much as star midfielder Emanuel Reynoso.
Minnesota United midfielder Emanuel Reynoso took a shot against LA Galaxy during the Loons’ 3-0 victory in September 2021.

Gameday preview: Loons face LA Galaxy, look to end losing streak

The Loons have lost three in a row for the first time since early in the 2021 season.
Everton’s Vitaliy Mykolenko, left, celebrates with his teammates after scoring against Leicester City in a Premier League match Sunday.

Loons to play Premier League's famed Everton at Allianz in July

Formed in 1878, Everton Football Club was has competed in England's top division for a record 118 seasons. Loons coach Adrian Heath played there for six seasons.
Minnesota United’s Bongokuhle Hlongwane worked against the FC Cincinnati defense on Saturday night at Allianz Field.

Loons give up stoppage time goal, lose 1-0 to FC Cincinnati

Brandon Vazquez scored a tap-in goal as Cincinnati won its third straight game for the first time in club history.
Adrien Hunou, shown in an October 2021 game, started at striker for Minnesota United on Saturday against Cincinnati FC.

Trapp returns to Loons' starting lineup; Amarilla, Lod are out

Adrien Hunou started at striker against FC Cincinnati as the Minnesota United attack took on a different look.
Minnesota United’s Kemar Lawrence has six goals and 10 assists in 148 career MLS matches.

Loons' Lawrence shows why he's started his whole career

Veteran defender Kemar Lawrence's place with Minnesota United now is defined after Wednesday's trade sent Chase Gasper to the LA Galaxy.
Robin Lod, who leads Minnesota United with three goals this season, was ill Friday but is expected to play Saturday against Cincinnati.

Loons vs. Cincinnati preview: Lod, Amarilla expected to be ready to play

The two attackers missed training Friday, but coach Adrian Heath said he expected them to be available for Saturday's game.
Minnesota United defender Chase Gasper, back, competed against Sporting Kansas City on Sept. 13, 2020.

Heath calls Loons decision to trade Gasper the 'right thing to do'

The Loons and L.A. Galaxy struck a deal a year in the making on Wednesday.
Chase Gasper was Minnesota United’s starting left back for most of his first three MLS seasons.

Loons trade left back Gasper to LA Galaxy for 2023 salary cap money

Chase Gasper, 26, hasn't played yet this season because of a concussion sustained in preseason and a month he spent in the league's treatment program.
Minnesota United midfielder Hassani Dotson faced Nashville SC on March 5 and then injured himself in practice last Friday.

Loons plan no moves as transfer window closes

Teams have called, but Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath doesn't "think anything will be happening."
Minnesota United’s Bakaye Dibassy (12) and Kervin Arriaga (33) pursued Los Angeles FC’s Danny Musovski on Sunday night in Los Angeles.

Loons' Arriaga and Rosales provide 'really good stuff' in loss at LAFC

The two Honduran countrymen started together in the midfield for first time on Sunday night.
LAFC’s Carlos Vela went up the field with the ball with Minnesota United’s Oniel Fisher in pursuit Sunday night in Los Angeles.

'We made poor choices.' Heath laments Loons 2-0 loss to LAFC

The Loons' five-game unbeaten streak against LAFC ended in the 2-0 defeat, against an opponent to which they hadn't lost since Los Angeles' inaugural season in 2018.
Abu Danladi earned a start against LAFC on Sunday after two effective substitute appearances.

Starting 11 shake-up for late-night Loons

Abu Danladi and Bongokuhle Hlongwane's effectiveness as substitutions earned them starts against LAFC.
Wolves forward Anthony Edwards had a big series vs. Memphis and can’t wait to get into the playoffs again next season.

Edwards and McDaniels, Wolves' youngest players, finished strong against Memphis

Both plan to work hard on their games in the offseason.
Minnesota United’s Joseph Rosales charged over Colorado’s Nicolas Mezquida on April 16. Rosales and Honduran countryman Kervin Arriaga will share

Hondurans Arriaga, Rosales man the Loons' midfield

Thanks to Injuries, absence and their own success, Kervin Arriaga and Joseph Rosales will be important players for the Loons against Los Angeles FC.
The Loons have scored five goals after subbing on Bongokuhle Hlongwane, leading coach Adrian Heath to decide whether to shake up his front four.

Loons vs. LAFC preview: Heath torn on whether to shake up front four

Minnesota United is 1-1-1 at Banc of California Stadium since 2018, when LAFC joined the MLS.
Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath

Loons promote Diogo Pacheco after three-assist game

Loons coach Adrian Heath said MNUFC2 has been "invaluable to us" in expanding the team's depth.
MNUFC2 rolls on road

MNUFC2 rolls on road

Former MLS SuperDraft first-round pick Justin McMaster scored the game's opening goal in the 22nd minute and its last one on a penalty kick in the 87th minute.
Minnesota United midfielder Hassani Dotson (31), shown here against Austin FC, will miss the rest of the season with an ACL tear sustained in training

Dotson out for remainder of Loons season because of torn knee ligament

Hassani Dotson, a versatile starter, injured his right knee Friday and will undergo surgery in the coming days, the team said.
Gameday preview: Loons look for third consecutive win amid injuries

Gameday preview: Loons look for third consecutive win amid injuries

The Loons return to MLS action with a home game against the Chicago Fire.
Minnesota United midfielder Emanuel Reynoso had two assists in last week’s 3-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids.

Reynoso looks to heat up for Loons after a cool start

Emanuel Reynoso will look to build off his two-assist performance last week when Minnesota United plays host to Chicago on Saturday.
Helicopters hovered over the field before the 2021 MLS All-Star Game in Los Angeles.

MLS All-Star Game at Allianz Field will be rematch vs. Mexico's Liga MX

MLS announced the format Thursday for the Aug. 20 All-Star Game in St. Paul, as well as other events tied to the game.
Adrien Hunou scored a header against Forward Madison in a U.S. Open cup match on Wednesday.

Playing up with the Loons, Hunou scores second goal in three days

He scored Sunday for the Loons' MNUFC2 reserve team and Wednesday in a U.S. Open Cup victory over Forward Madison FC.
Chase Gasper, right, has been a starter since his rookie season with the Loons.

Gasper 'better and stronger than ever' after month at treatment center

Minnesota United defender Chase Gasper spoke about anxiety, depression and addiction in his first public comments since entering the MLS' recovery program.
Preview: Minnesota United FC vs. Forward Madison FC in U.S. Open Cup match

Preview: Minnesota United FC vs. Forward Madison FC in U.S. Open Cup match

Loons will play a USL League One team in pro-am soccer tournament.
Loons goalkeeper Eric Dick

Loons goalkeeper finds himself at home in yet another new place

Backup goalkeeper Eric Dick is good at adapting to new environments, which is a good thing after moving among eight sides in the last four years.
Minnesota United defender Bakaye Dibassy (12) and midfielder Kervin Arriaga (33) celebrate after Dibassy scored a goal in the first half Saturday

Loons score twice in two minutes to turn away Colorado Rapids

Robin Lod broke the 1-1 tie with a 77th-minute goal. Second-half sub Abu Danladi scored two minutes later.
Minnesota United FC midfielder Wil Trapp (20) is one yellow card away from a one-game suspension.

Loons captain Trapp aiming for better discipline after yellow card streak

Coach Adrian Heath returned to his usual 4-2-3-1 lineup after two games of experimenting with a 4-3-3.
Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath will be looking to improve the Loons’ scoring record of five goals in six games.

Loons vs. Colorado preview: Battle of the 2-2-2 records

The Colorado Rapids have scored 15 of their 19 goals against the Loons in second halves.
Minnesota United defender Romain Metanire is dealing with hamstring inflammation a week after his season debut off the bench.

Metanire's hamstring setback could sideline him weeks longer

Coach Adrian Heath called Romain Metanire's inflammation "disappointing" on same day team welcomed back Chase Gasper after a month's absence.
Minnesota United forward Luis Amarilla reacted after missing a shot in the March 5 home opener.

Built to score this season, Loons have just five goals in six games

Coach Adrian Heath had Minnesota United concentrate on finishing drills heading into Saturday's game vs. Colorado.
Tom McCarthy skated at TCF Bank Stadium in 2016 while 55 years old. The North Stars alumni were playing ex-Chicago Blackhawks players as part of the S

Former North Stars All-Star winger Tom McCarthy dies at 61

After his career ended, he served prison time but sought redemption by coaching and teaching young players.
Minnesota United defender Romain Metanire was assisted off the field Dec. 7, in the Loons’ playoff loss at Seattle.

Metanire's possible hamstring setback 'would be huge blow' for Loons

In his season debut Sunday, the Minnesota United defender "maybe tweaked his hamstring again," coach Adrian Heath said.
Minnesota United midfielder Wil Trapp (20) moved the ball past Austin FC forward Sebastian Driussi (7) during Sunday’s match.

Minnesota United protective of Trapp's early-game yellow cards

Wil Trapp has received a yellow card in the first ten minutes of three-straight games. Loons coach Adrian Heath cautions, "You don't have to do a lot to get a yellow card."
Austin FC midfielder Alex Ring, left, kicks the ball away from Minnesota United FC midfielder Wil Trapp, right, on Sunday in San Antonio.

Minnesota United falls 1-0 to Austin for second-straight loss

The Loons allowed a 58th-minute goal that held up, and after getting shut out they have now scored five goals in six games.
Austin FC midfielder Ethan Finlay played five seasons for Minnesota United.

Finlay's fire burns brighter facing former Loons teammates

Ethan Finlay, the former face of Minnesota United, reached a time for a change that took him to Texas to play for Austin FC.
Franco Fragapane returns to Minnesota United FC for Sunday’s game at Austin FC after overcoming a hamstring injury.

Preview: Minnesota United FC at Austin FC

The teams have matching records, and the Loons have a raft of players returning after injuries.
Romain Metanire is ready to play for the first time this season after recovering from hamstring and toe injuries.

Loons are fit for first time this season, Heath says

Romain Metanire, Franco Fragapane and Oniel Fisher are all healthy and ready to play Sunday at Austin FC.
Timberwolves forward Anthony Edwards shoots on San Antonio center Jakob Poeltl in the second quarter

Edwards pours in 49 for Wolves, who are stuck in play-in position

Second-year standout Anthony Edwards scored a career-high 49 points in Thursday's win over the Spurs. But with Denver's win, the Timberwolves will be the No. 7 play-in seed and take on the Clippers.
Thursday's Wolves-San Antonio game recap

Thursday's Wolves-San Antonio game recap

Anthony Edwards scored more than 40 points for the third time this season.
United States’ Christian Pulisic reacted after scoring a goal on a penalty kick during the first half of a FIFA World Cup qualifying soccer match ag

U.S. soccer's World Cup draw will be good for the game, Loons coach Heath says

Grouping with soccer power England to generate a large, enthusiastic audience, with match timed well on Thanksgiving weekend.
South Carolina’s Destanni Henderson is fouled as she drives between UConn’s Olivia Nelson-Ododa, right, and Azzi Fudd during the second half

Final Four report: UConn's Fudd limited vs. South Carolina with illness

South Carolina brought its top-ranked season to a victorious end, but an injury-plagued season only got worse for UConn during Sunday's final.
Minnesota United forward Luis Armarilla in action Saturday night vs. Seattle.

Loons' comeback falls short in first loss of season, 2-1 to Seattle

Minnesota United returned from a two-week break as one of five unbeaten teams in MLS. The Loons had many opportunities but could only score on a late penalty kick.
UConn’s Aaliyah Edwards gets past Stanford’s Lexie Hull during the second half.

UConn's 'other' players assist Bueckers in getting to title game in her home state

The Huskies' four other starters combined for 35 points and made big plays near the end.
Minnesota United defender Romain Metanire (19) and Seattle Sounders forward Jordan Morris (13) competed for a header during the final game of the 2019

Unbeaten Loons' 'pragmatic' start has it chasing Western lead

Minnesota United's 2-0-2 start after 0-4 a season ago has set a tone heading into Saturday's game against Seattle.
Minnesota United goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair has two shutouts in two starts this season.

Minnesota United-Seattle preview: Dayne St. Clair to start in goal again

The undefeated Loons return to action after having last week off.
Minnesota United defender Romain Metanire

Loons' Metanire unlikely to make season debut Saturday

Minnesota United starting right back Romain Metanire is not expected ready after a two-week schedule break because of a healing hamstring and turf toe.
Fred Emmings, a senior at St. Paul Central, practiced with the Minnesota United in 2020. He got a chance to start for the Loons team in their NEXT Pro

Emmings learns a bit as Loons' second team loses opener in NEXT Pro League

Keeper Fred Emmings, a senior at St. Paul Central, got chance to play in first pro soccer match
Former Minnesota Kicks goalie Tino Lettieri (2014 photo) was a member of the Canadian national team in 1986, the last time that team qualified for the

Canada is back in the World Cup, stirring memories in Minnesota

When Canada qualified for the World Cup in 1986, Minnesota Kicks goalie Tino Lettieri was part of the club. Now, Loons goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair is helping make history.
Wolves guard Anthony Edwards drove past Dallas’ Reggie Bullock (25) and Jalen Brunson on Friday night at Target Center.

Wolves triumphant in payback victory over Mavericks

All five starters had double-digit scoring against Dallas on Friday night.
Karl-Anthony Towns went up for two of his 20 points on Friday.

Timberwolves vs. Dallas game recap

Karl-Anthony Towns was efficient with 20 points and nine rebounds in 30 minutes of action.
Patrick Beverley (22) looked for his shot while navigating around Dallas Mavericks center Dwight Powell on Friday.

Wolves dominate Mavericks in rematch as playoff race tightens

All five starters for the Timberwolves finished in double figures as they moved closer to Denver and Dallas for a top-six spot in the Western Conference standings.
New Loons player Kemar Lawrence (right), pictured when he was with the New York Red Bulls in 2016.

New Loons defender Kemar Lawrence felt iced out by Toronto

Lawrence has enjoyed communication with Loons coach Adrian Heath after having no dialogue with new Toronto FC coach Bob Bradley.
Adrien Hunou has no goals or assists and one shot in the 2022 season.

Hunou, Loons' highest-paid player, has seen little playing time

French striker Adrien Hunou has played only six minutes this season as Minnesota United is deep with attacking players.
Minnesota United midfielder Emanuel Reynoso (10) dribbled the ball up the sideline during Saturday night’s game vs. the San Jose Earthquakes in St.

Loons shut down San Jose's chances in 1-0 victory

Luis Amarilla's 32nd-minute goal stood all night as the winner.
Minnesota United goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair plays against Real Salt Lake during an MLS soccer match, Saturday, April 24, 2021, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP

Loons' St. Clair 'hungry for more' after Red Bulls shutout

Goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair was named MLS Player of the Week and made his second consecutive start Saturday against San Jose.
Minnesota United midfielder Kervin Arriaga, center, battled Philadelphia Union midfielder Daniel Gazdag for the ball on Feb. 26 in Chester, Pa.

New Loon Arriaga knows he's not in Honduras anymore

First-year Minnesota United midfielder Kervin Arriaga hasn't cared for the weather, but he has impressed in two games with his new team.
Minnesota United goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair, shown making a save against Seattle in a 2021 game, has won his only start of 2022, a 1-0 shutout of the

Loons preview: St. Clair to start again vs. San Jose

Dayne St. Clair earned a shutout win against New York Red Bulls and will play Saturday ahead of Tyler Miller.
New Loons player Kemar Lawrence (right), pictured when he was with the New York Red Bulls in 2016.

Minnesota United's Kemar Lawrence acquisition was years in the making

With the trade from Toronto official, Heath said the Loons have been hoping to acquire Lawrence for three years.
Jamaica’s Kemar Lawrence, left, battled U.S. defender Shaq Moore during a CONCACAF Gold Cup match last July. Minnesota United is finalizing a deal t

Loons finalizing trade with Toronto for defender Lawrence

Kemar Lawrence has been in contention for MLS Defender of the Year honors in recent seasons and is a member of the Jamaican national team.
Minnesota United goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair, shown here in 2020, posted a shutout victory on Sunday.

Loons goalkeeper St. Clair ups stakes with Sunday's clean sheet

Dayne St. Clair has made it clear he wants to be the Loons starter, but for now that spot belongs to Tyler Miller.
Goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair made several key stops, one on a penalty, in Minnesota’s victory Sunday over New York Red Bulls.

Loons edge New York Red Bulls 1-0 behind St. Clair

Dayne St. Clair, making his first start of the season, starred in net while Luis Amarilla scored the game's only goal.
Minnesota United defender Brent Kallman, called for a yellow card in a 2017 game against New York Red Bulls at TCF Bank Stadium, said games between th

Loons-New York game preview: Team is healthier for Red Bulls

Five Minnesota United players who were injured are now available for selection for Sunday's game, coach Adrian Heath said.
New Minnesota United forward Bongokuhle Hlongwane

Loons spotted him on TV; now Hlongwane is a big name in MLS

Bongokuhle Hlongwane, 21, was playing in the South African Premier League when the Loons saw his electrifying talent on video.