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Jerry Zgoda writes about Major League Soccer and Minnesota United.

Loons
March 3
Deeper roster makes Loons' game-day 18 a tough lineup to crack

Deeper roster makes Loons' game-day 18 a tough lineup to crack

Teenage prospect Thomas Chacon wasn't the only one left out Sunday in a lineup that coach Adrian Heath says will be tougher to pick this season.
Loons
February 25
Noah Billingsley (2)

Loons sign draft pick Billingsley, 'still talking' on Reynoso deal

The 18th player taken in the January SuperDraft, New Zealand's Noah Billingsley "could have the same sort of impact" draft picks Chase Gasper and Hassani Dotson had last year, United coach Adrian Heath said.
Loons
February 21
United 2020 broadcast schedule includes seven national TV games

United 2020 broadcast schedule includes seven national TV games

The Loons' other 27 games are available on FSN or FSN-Plus, with one game streamed live on Fox Go Sports.
Loons
February 20
Loons fail to sign midfielder Emanuel Reynoso on Argentina trip

Loons fail to sign midfielder Emanuel Reynoso on Argentina trip

Minnesota United technical director Mark Watson ended his second trip to Argentina in a month by heading home Wednesday without striking a deal to acquire Boca Juniors midfielder Emanuel Reynoso
Loons
February 18
Former Minnesota United midfielder Miguel Ibarra is back in MLS with the Seattle Sounders.

Former Loon Ibarra 'did well' in trial, is back in MLS with Sounders

Part of United's franchise dating to its NASL days in 2012, midfielder Miguel Ibarra turns a trial with defending MLS Cup champion Seattle into a contract after Loons did not bring him back after last season.
Loons
February 17
Heath on Amarilla's two-goal debut for Loons: `There's a lot more to come.'

Heath on Amarilla's two-goal debut for Loons: `There's a lot more to come.'

Minnesota United's newly signed striker Luis Amarilla scored twice and impressed in his debut against MLS competition Sunday in Portland.
Loons
February 14
Loons updates: Chase Gasper's USMNT debut 'everything you dream about'

Loons updates: Chase Gasper's USMNT debut 'everything you dream about'

Loons starting left back fit and hopeful after month's training with U.S. Men's National team as well as items on Mason Toye's role, Brent Kallman's form, an Emanuel Reynoso update and United's strength of schedule.
Loons
February 11
Loons trade with Chicago nets another attacking threat in Edwards

Loons trade with Chicago nets another attacking threat in Edwards

Minnesota United acquired another mid-20s player with MLS experience in a trade that sends 2018 first-round pick Wyatt Omsberg to Chicago for Raheem Edwards.
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.

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