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Jerry Zgoda writes about Major League Soccer and Minnesota United.

Loons
February 10
Tall striker Schoenfeld could give Loons 'extra dimension' at the goal

Tall striker Schoenfeld could give Loons 'extra dimension' at the goal

Aaron Schoenfeld is a fourth striker in the mix, in addition to newly signed Paraguayan Luis Amarilla, promising Mason Toye and draft pick Matthew Bentley.
Loons
February 6

Finlay gets the scoop: Loons to sign Aaron 'Big Celery' Schoenfeld

United adds striker depth with signing of former Columbus Crew player Aaron Schoenfeld, who's headed back to MLS after four seasons in Israel.
Loons
February 5
Minnesota United wins friendly, awaits Reynoso while Amarilla arrives

Minnesota United wins friendly, awaits Reynoso while Amarilla arrives

United defeated USL Championship team Charleston Battery 3-2 in s preseason friendly and welcomed one newcomer while waiting on another.
Loons
February 2
United still pursuing Argentina's Reynoso, wins exhibition opener 5-0

United still pursuing Argentina's Reynoso, wins exhibition opener 5-0

Striker Mason Toye scored twice in the Loons' preseason-opening victory over Florida International University while coach Adrian Heath said the team's pursuit of Argentinian attacking midfielder Emanuel Reynoso is "in the pipeline."
Loons
January 31
After turning down Loons, goalkeeper Mannone loaned to Danish team

After turning down Loons, goalkeeper Mannone loaned to Danish team

MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Vito Mannone joins, on loan, a team in Denmark's top division after he turned down two offers the Loons said would have made him their league's highest paid at his position.
Loons
January 27
Green card for Loons' Boxall, national team debut likely for Gasper

Green card for Loons' Boxall, national team debut likely for Gasper

The veteran Boxall getting his U.S. green card creates another open international spot for Minnesota United. Plus "signs are looking good" for United defender Chase Gasper to make his USMNT debut Saturday against Costa Rica.
Loons
January 24
Heath calls Rodriguez contract buyout a decision that's `never easy'

Heath calls Rodriguez contract buyout a decision that's `never easy'

Minnesota United's off-season buyout of striker Angelo Rodriguez's guaranteed contract takes him off the salary cap for a team intending to make three or more moves soon.
Loons
January 22
Loons target Argentina's Reynoso for designated player slot

Loons target Argentina's Reynoso for designated player slot

United coach Adrian Heath confirmed South American reports that his team has gone to Argentina seeking an attacking midfielder, the same spot where former Loon Darwin Quintero played.
Loons
November 7, 2019
Three United players called up to U.S. national soccer teams

Three United players called up to U.S. national soccer teams

They are among eight Minnesota United players who will travel the world to play with their national teams during the upcoming FIFA international break.
Loons
October 20, 2019
No place like home for MLS playoff teams; will Loons follow trend?

No place like home for MLS playoff teams; will Loons follow trend?

All four home teams won on Saturday's opening day of the 2019 MLS playoffs and Philadelphia follow with a dramatic comeback Sunday afternoon. Minnesota United plays host to LA Galaxy on Sunday night.
Loons
October 14, 2019
Three United players up for MLS postseason awards

Three United players up for MLS postseason awards

With winning comes recognition, and three Minnesota United players are finalists for MLS's 2019 season awards
Loons
October 10, 2019
While he waits for their return from international play, Heath wonders if there isn't better way

While he waits for their return from international play, Heath wonders if there isn't better way

Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath would like to see international play bumped up so his players return sooner, particularly with the team's first playoff game approaching.
Loons
October 6, 2019
Loons decide own fate for playoff seeding in Seattle on MLS' Decision Day

Loons decide own fate for playoff seeding in Seattle on MLS' Decision Day

Minnesota United can claim second place in the West -- and two home playoff games -- with a victory today at Seattle
Loons
October 1, 2019
Loons' Alonso expects 'emotional' return to Seattle

Loons' Alonso expects 'emotional' return to Seattle

Win Sunday at Seattle against a team it has never defeated in MLS play and Minnesota United will host at least one playoff game as the Western Conference's second-seeded playoff team.
Blogs
September 29, 2019
Loons seek home playoff game; turf will be replaced next week

Loons seek home playoff game; turf will be replaced next week

United clinched its first MLS playoff appearance with Wednesday's comeback victory over Sporting Kansas City. A victory tonight over league-leading LAFC -- or other scenarios -- will assure it of a playoff game at Allianz Field.
Loons
September 25, 2019
Loons can clinch playoff berth tonight, but coach insists 'it's not easy'

Loons can clinch playoff berth tonight, but coach insists 'it's not easy'

Could this set up as one of those "trap" games, when everything looks to set up beautifully for a team, only to have something unexpected go wrong?
Loons
September 23, 2019
United hopeful Ike Opara, Kevin Molino will play Wednesday with a playoff spot in reach

United hopeful Ike Opara, Kevin Molino will play Wednesday with a playoff spot in reach

United veteran Vito Mannone named goalkeeper on MLS Team of the Week for his 12 saves and 11th shutout Sunday in Portland.
Loons
September 17, 2019
Third-place Loons complete, healthy and with week to prepare for Portland

Third-place Loons complete, healthy and with week to prepare for Portland

With his team back complete and healthy and no mid-week game scheduled, United coach Adrian Heath calls this week a time to "actually prepare and get some work done on the training field."
Loons
September 15, 2019
Quintero returns to Loons, Gasper suspended today vs Real Salt Lake

Quintero returns to Loons, Gasper suspended today vs Real Salt Lake

Minnesota United can move past Real Salt Lake and back into second place with today's game at Allianz Field that has all kinds of playoff implications.
Loons
September 7, 2019
Minnesota United's Thomas Chacon gets his first start in tonight's friendly against CF Pachuca

Minnesota United's Thomas Chacon gets his first start in tonight's friendly against CF Pachuca

United supporters will get first good look tonight at newly acquired teenager Thomas Chacon
Loons
September 3, 2019

USWNT's Victory Tour plays Allianz Field with biggest stars out

The United State Women's National Team's World Cup Victory visits Allianz Field tonight -- its third stop on the five-city tour -- with seven starters from July's final in the starting 11. But injured stars Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and Rose Lavelle are three of six players who won't play against Portugal.
Loons
August 27, 2019
Loons happy to play underdogs in first U.S. Open Cup final

Loons happy to play underdogs in first U.S. Open Cup final

Minnesota United will start rookie Hassani Dotson in a midfield that has star Darwin Quintero a sub on the bench tonight against defending MLS champion Atlanta United
Loons
August 17, 2019
Hassani Dotson

Minnesota United's Ozzie Alonso out, Hassani Dotson in against Orlando City tonight

United captain and defensive midfielder Ozzie Alonso out against Orlando City because of a leg injury and rookie Hassani Dotson is in at his spot
Loons
August 14, 2019
Minnesota United starters back for crucial home games

Minnesota United starters back for crucial home games

After he rested many of his starters Saturday in Dallas, Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath has them back in the starting 11 for the first of two important home games this week
Loons
August 7, 2019
Lod and Toye in for Loons vs. Portland, Rodriguez and Ibarra out

Lod and Toye in for Loons vs. Portland, Rodriguez and Ibarra out

United coach Adrian Heath juggles lineup some for U.S. Open Cup semifinal because of rule that limits number of international players to five.

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