Minnesota United FC’s coach for its first season of Major League Soccer play, widely believed to be Adrian Heath, is scheduled to be introduced at an 11 a.m. Tuesday news conference in the club’s offices in Golden Valley.
Heath, 55, previously coached the MLS franchise in Orlando from 2008 until this past July. He guided that club through a similar transition from one league to another, taking it from the United Soccer League to MLS in 2015. His team was 16-18-16 in 1½ seasons of MLS play.
Minnesota has played for several seasons in the North American Soccer League. It joins Atlanta as new MLS franchises next year.
Heath, from England, played for English clubs Stoke City and Everton in the 1980s. He began coaching for the English side Burnley in 1996. He later coached at Sheffield United.
Gophers hold ground in hockey poll
The Gophers men’s hockey team remained No. 11 in this week’s USCHO poll, and Minnesota Duluth and Denver held their positions at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Former No. 1 North Dakota, which came away with only one point in a weekend series with Michigan State (4-6-1), dropped from fifth to ninth.
Ohio State rose three spots, cracking the top 10 at 10th, a spot ahead of the Gophers.
• Augsburg, one of three unbeatens (7-0-1) in the USCHO top 10, remained at No. 6 in the Division III rankings.