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Jerry Zgoda writes about Major League Soccer and Minnesota United.

Loons
July 12
Mason Toye will start up front after Loons star striker Luis Armarilla, who the team said sustained a groin injury during warmups before the match aga

Toye late starter for injured striker Amarilla in Loons' return

Captain and defensive midfielder Ozzie Alonso is out with a hamstring injury tonight against Sporting Kansas City.
Loons
May 28
Minnesota United forward Luis Amarilla celebratea a goal earlier this season.

Far from home, Loons' Amarilla happy to be back on green grass

Minnesota United striker Luis Amarilla remains more than 5,000 miles from home, but he's out of his apartment after two months stuck inside.
Loons
May 6
Loons mailbag: Pandemic will reshape worldwide transfer market, but how?

Loons mailbag: Pandemic will reshape worldwide transfer market, but how?

Just how jumbled will soccer worldwide become because of the coronavirus pandemic? In whatever ways that remain to be seen, it could benefit MLS and its teams.
Loons
May 5
Minnesota United donates $75,000 to Midway neighborhood fund

Minnesota United donates $75,000 to Midway neighborhood fund

The MLS team combined with stadium naming-rights sponsor Allianz Life to support neighborhoods around Allianz Field during this coronovirus pandemic.
Loons
April 15
With virtually no games to be played, Loons' Tyler Miller finds some in FIFA 20 tourney

With virtually no games to be played, Loons' Tyler Miller finds some in FIFA 20 tourney

Minnesota United goalkeeper Tyler Miller will give soccer supporters itching for live games something to watch in eMLS tournament that starts Sunday on Fox networks and crowns a champion May 17
Loons
April 14
Mailbag: When will we feel OK with going to a Loons match again?

Mailbag: When will we feel OK with going to a Loons match again?

With MLS now saying the season is "extremely unlikely" to start in mid-May, what does that portend for Minnesota United and the league in general?
Loons
April 2
Heath says Loons planning for the unknown 'wherever we land'

Heath says Loons planning for the unknown 'wherever we land'

Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath discusses continuing talks with agents worldwide while he and his players are isolated at home and MLS play is suspended.
Loons
March 24
Loons Mailbag: Is there really competition for Emanuel Reynoso?

Loons Mailbag: Is there really competition for Emanuel Reynoso?

There are no practices or games for a second full week, but readers and Minnesota United supporters still have questions. So we answer them.
Loons
March 10
Kevin Molino

Loons' midfielder Molino has hamstring strain, home opener status in doubt

Coach Adrian Heath called Molino, who had two goals and an assist in the season's first game and a half, a probable "game-day decision."
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.

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