Were you at Minnesota United's practice Wednesday? Because if not, apparently you missed out.
The team held a season ticket holder event at the National Sports Center where fans could watch practice. So it was quite a different vibe than usual.
Anyhow, still a few newsy bits from practice.
Midfielder Rasmus Schuller continues to deal with a lingering problem with the muscle by his hip, coach Adrian Heath said. Left-back Marc Burch and midfielder Kevin Molino also sat out practice (Burch still has that groin injury), but Heath said both will be available for the 7 p.m. Saturday match against the San Jose Earthquakes at TCF Bank Stadium. Keeping them from training on the hard turf surface just helps the recovery process along, he said.
The player who has been absent for practice for a while now is 24-year-old center-back Joe Greenspan, who has been on loan with the United Soccer League's Pittsburgh Riverhounds since April 10. He's expected back to United sometime in mid-May, but in the meantime, he has started and played 90 minutes in all three of the Riverhounds' matches since he joined (two 2-1 losses and a 1-1 draw) (Actually, in the 1-1 draw at the Charlotte Independence, Greenspan recorded an assist and combined with the other center-back to make 17 clearances and eight tackles).
Heath said he's looking for similar situations for 22-year-old midfielders Collin Martin and Ish Jome. Martin played 27 minutes in one match, the 5-2 loss at the New England Revolution, while Jome has made the match-day squad a few times but has yet to make an official appearance for United.
"We want to keep them here in the week, so I get it. It's difficult for people who don't want players to just come in on a Friday, play on a Saturday, leave Sunday morning," Heath said. "That doesn't do them any good for their group. It does for us. It's what we're after. But we're looking at one or two options, yeah.
"Joe's going to get six games, I think, in this four-week spell. So if we coud do that with something like Ish or Collin Martin, we would do the same," Heath said. "But it's trying to find the right fit at this moment in time. Because Joe's certainly gotten better in the two or three games that he's had."
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