Randball
January 1
Will the Twins be the first local pro team to replace cardboard fans with real ones?

Goodbye, 2020. What's ahead for Minnesota sports in 2021?

Let's peer into our crystal ball and answer 10 big questions looming over local sports teams in the new year.
Loons
December 17, 2020
Veteran midfielder and free agent Kevin Molino late Tuesday night posted an online farewell to Minnesota United and its fans.

In late-night post, Loons star Molino says farewell to Minnesota

Veteran midfielder and Kevin Molino posted an Instagram farewell to Minnesota United and its fans after starring for the club in its first four MLS seasons.
Loons
December 13, 2020
Teammates celebrated a goal by Minnesota United midfielder Robin Lod (17), second from left, late in the first half during a game this season.

Loons trade for FC Dallas defender Montgomery

Callum Montgomery, a 23-year-old Canadian center back, is a former North Carolina-Charlotte player.
Loons
December 11, 2020
Loons keeper Dayne St. Clair stopped a shot during a playoff game in October.

Making a pitch: Loons begin to shape 2021 roster by offering contracts, negotiating deals

Minnesota United is discussing deals with Kevin Molino, Ozzie Alonso and Luis Amarilla while making contract decisions about others, including promising goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair.
Loons
December 11, 2020

Investors give NWSL the financing it deserves to develop league

To write the history of women's sports in America is to write about leagues that have struggled to attract financial support. Now that the NWSL…
Loons
December 10, 2020
Aug. 11, 1976: Alan Merrick, captain of the Minnesota Kicks, hoisted his son, Adam, 4 years old, for a victory wave after the Kicks stomped the Los An

Reusse: Sorrow in Seattle? Minnesota soccer fans have been there

Seattle is the location where dreams of glory for Minnesota soccer fans become nightmares. The Loons loss wasn't the first chapter of disappointment.
Loons
December 9, 2020
Minnesota United' Emanuel Reynoso, right, celebrates his goal against the Seattle Sounders with teammates Michael Boxall, left, and Jan Gregus during

'Big decisions' ahead after Loons' season ends up with startling thud

Coach Adrian Heath promised progress for a franchise that he said will include roster-changing moves such as the ones that brought star Emanuel Reynoso and defender Bakaye Dibassy.to the club.
Loons
December 9, 2020
Minnesota United's Emanuel Reynoso (10) snaked a free kick past Seattle's Jordan Morris (13), Shane O'Neill (27), Yeimar Gomez Andrade (28) and Cristi

Souhan: Loons' devastating loss can't dull Reynoso's ascension

It would be tempting Minnesota-style sports fate to predict future playoff success, but there is no question Minnesota United has found its franchise player.
Loons
December 9, 2020
Seattle Sounders' Cristian Roldan (7) celebrates a Sounders goal late in the second half of an MLS playoff Western Conference final soccer match again

Loons collapse in final minutes; two-goal lead becomes 3-2 loss to Seattle

Leading defending champion Seattle 2-0 after 75 minutes, Minnesota United went from being on the verge of making the MLS Cup title match to a crushing defeat by the Sounders for the Western Conference title.
Randball
December 8, 2020
Seattle Sounders forward Will Bruin (17) watches his shot go past Minnesota United goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair as he scores during the second half of a

Playoff heartbreak truly makes Minnesota United 'one of us'

A two-goal lead with less than 20 minutes to play should be enough of a cushion in soccer. But not for the Loons, who added another chapter to the three-decade heartbreak of Minnesota's men pro sports teams.
Sports
December 8, 2020

Photos: Loons lose 3-2 to Seattle in Western Conference final

The Seattle Sounders scored three times in the last 18 minutes to defeat Minnesota United and advance to the MLS Cup final.
Loons
December 8, 2020
Minnesota United's Ozzie Alonso, who won two MLS Cups in Seattle, returned to play for the first time against his former team on last season’s final

Seattle coach, Loons' Alonso keep distance for big game

Brian Schmetzer coached four-time MLS All-Star Ozzie Alonso for 10 seasons as a Sounders assistant and head coach and the two have remained friends. But they ignored each other in the days before the Western Conference final.
The United Beat
December 7, 2020
Loons stay with effective four front in Monday's MLS Western final

Loons stay with effective four front in Monday's MLS Western final

The Loons stay with Robin Lod roaming with Kevin Molino, Emanuel Reynoso and Ethan Finlay that has served them so well in playoffs so far.
Loons
December 7, 2020
Minnesota United midfielder Osvaldo Alonso celebrates after a goal by Bakaye Dibassy during the first half of the team's MLS match against Sporting Ka

Loons head to MLS Western Conference final in a rush

Minnesota United enters Monday's Western Conference final at Seattle with two fewer days to rest and prepare than the opponent, all in the name of growing its league.
Loons
December 6, 2020
Seattle Sounders’ Raul Ruidiaz, left, and Nicolas Lodeiro embrace after the team’s 1-0 win over FC Dallas in an MLS playoff soccer match Tuesday,

Gameday preview: Minnesota United at Seattle

The second-seeded Sounders have lost just once at home, going 7-1-2 in the regular season and beating Los Angeles FC and FC Dallas in the playoffs.
Loons
December 5, 2020
Minnesota United forward Luis Amarilla worked between Columbus players in July in the MLS is Back bubble in Florida.

Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath hopes Luis Amarilla will return

The Loons striker, on loan from an Argentinian team, missed most of the 2020 season because of an injury.
Loons
December 5, 2020
Kevin Molino chased a ball during a playoff victory over the Colorado Rapids, part of his run of six goals in three games.

Minnesota United goal scorer Kevin Molino is living up to his 'Hot Boi' nickname

The Loons veteran is on a scoring tear, with help from Emanuel Reynoso.
Loons
December 5, 2020
Minnesota United and Colorado Rapids players vied for control of the ball during a game in October.

Loons could wind up hosting MLS Cup final

Minnesota United will play for the league title at home if eighth-seeded New England wins Sunday at third-seeded Columbus in the Eastern final and if the Loons beat the defending MLS Cup champion Sounders on Monday.
Loons
December 5, 2020
Minnesota United goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair leapt to grab a second half corner kick last month.

St. Clair establishes himself as standout in Loons' playoff surge

Minnesota United goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair had another clean sheet Thursday night as the Loons advanced to the MLS Western Conference final.
Loons
December 4, 2020

Breakout star Mewis is soccer's national player of the year

The lesser known of two sisters scored for the national team and starred in the NWSL.