Sports
February 15
How local players such as (clockwise from upper left) Danielle Hunter, Kirill Kaprizov, Byron Buxton and Karl-Anthony Towns fare will go a long way in

Souhan: A dozen dreams of better times for Minnesota sports teams

Better times are ahead, and in sports as well as life, better times require health and normalcy. Here's a list of what could make 2021 an uncommonly good sports year.
Sports
February 14

Journalist gets much-needed sports gear to low-income kids

Assistant Principal Sharif Ford knew just who to call when an athlete at East St. Louis High School in Illinois needed a new pair of shoes. The same woman helped a high school junior outside Chicago secure a sparkling new kit as she chases a scholarship to play college soccer.
Loons
February 13
Allianz Field

Dates, protocols are set for MLS preseason training

The Loons and other league players will report March 1 for a seven-day quarantine.
Business
February 13

English soccer at breaking point over abuse on social media

Death threats. Racist abuse. Sexist slurs. And social media accounts allowed to stay active even after spreading bile.
Sports
February 13

Myanmar's Premier League fans join team opposing army's coup

Fans in Myanmar of soccer teams from England's Premier League have banded together to join the popular movement protesting the country's recent military takeover.
Business
February 12

No Instagram ban for racial abuse of Swansea player Dhanda

The Instagram user who racially abused Swansea player Yan Dhanda will not be banned from the social media network, a lenient policy that has drawn criticism for lacking rigor.
Sports
February 12

Olympic powerbroker to go on trial in Geneva in forgery case

Olympic powerbroker Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah will go on trial in Switzerland this month in a forgery case he has said is linked to political rivalry within Kuwait's royal family.
Loons
February 12
Minnesota United midfielder Osvaldo Alonso (6), playing the MLS Western Conference final against Seattle last Dec. 7, is expected to sign a new contra

Ozzie Alonso to return to Minnesota United, also take on other roles

The veteran defensive stalwart is expected to sign a new contract this week to play in his 13th MLS season and third with the Loons.
Loons
February 11
JEFF WHEELER • jeff.wheeler@startribune.com Players waited for Minnesota United goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair (97) to join their pregame huddle before

Loons' season opener moved back to April 17, fans at games in doubt

MLS Commissioner Don Garber sounded little near-term optimism about big crowds at stadiums, calling them unlikely "for probably most, if not all, of the season.''
Loons
February 6
Noel Quinn, director of youth development for Minnesota United’s Youth Development Program, worked recently with prospects at the club’s training

Loons seeking youth soccer players for new MLS development leagues

Minnesota United's Youth Development Program is assessing more than 700 area players to find those good enough to play in 'MLS Next.'
Loons
February 4
Stade Rennais’ Adrien Hunou, right, challenged for the ball with Montpellier’s Damien Le Tallec, center, in a League One match on Aug. 29, 2020 at

Loons reportedly pursuing French leagues striker Adrien Hunou

A soccer website said Minnesota United has made an offer for the 27-year-old, someone the team is said to have pursued previously.
Loons
February 2
Midfielder Jacori Hayes is among four Minnesota United players to sign new contracts.

Loons sign Jacori Hayes, three others to new contracts

Defenders Brent Kallman and Callum Montgomery and backup goalkeeper Adrian Zendejas also signed new deals.
Loons
January 28
Minnesota United has acquired the rights to Jukka Raital (front left), former Montreal Impact captain shown in a game against the New England Revoluti

Minnesota United acquires rights to former Montreal Impact captain Jukka Raitala

Raitala, who primarily plays left back, is a former German Bundesliga and Finnish leagues player who was with Montreal for the past three seasons.
Loons
January 25
Minnesota United capped their 2020 season with a heartbreaking 3-2 loss against Seattle in the Western Conference final. Osvaldo Alonso and the Loons

Minnesota United to open season one month later than usual

MLS announced Monday that teams can begin preseason training on Feb. 2 for opening games on the weekend of April 3-4, a delay owing to the late finish of the pandemic-altered 2020 season.
Loons
January 21
Justin McMaster

Loons draft Justin McMaster, Nabilai Kibunguchy in MLS SuperDraft

The Loons had the 25th pick, but traded up to get Nos. 17 and 18.
Loons
January 21
Loons coach Adrian Heath greeted Luis Amarilla as he left the field during a match in Portland, Ore., on March 1.

Striker Luis Amarilla leaves Minnesota United

The 25-year-old Paraguayan scorer will return to the Ecuadorian league this season. The Loons had acquired him on a one-year loan.
Loons
January 16
Goalkeeper Geoff Barnett during a game for the Kicks in 1978.

Former Kicks goalkeeper and coach Geoff Barnett dies at 74

The native of England was part of the original NASL powerhouse in 1976.
Sports
January 15
Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns at an event at the Sanneh Foundation in St. Paul in October.

How Minnesota pro teams are distributing $40 million in pledges to fight systemic racism

About $5 million donated In the wake of George Floyd's killing in May has been spent so far.
Loons
January 7
Kevin Molino of the Loons celebrated after scoring on Colorado Rapids on Nov. 22.

Leaving the Loons, midfielder Molino signs with MLS champion Columbus

Kevin Molino had nine goals during the regular season and four in three games during Minnesota United's run to the league semifinals.
Loons
January 6
Wil Trapp, right, played for Columbus against the Loons and forward Abu Danladi (99) on Oct. 28, 2018.

Minnesota United signs USMNT veteran Trapp

Defensive midfielder Wil Trapp played seven seasons for his hometown Columbus Crew in the MLS.