Sports
March 31
A small group of fans were at the Xcel Energy Center to cheer on the Stillwater girls’ hockey team in the Class 2A tournament last week.

Going to a game? Get the apps, leave your bags and keep your distance

Efforts to create a safe, healthy and hospitable environment for fans has been in the works for nearly a year. So what should you know before heading to the stadium?
Loons
March 31
Emanuel Reynoso of the Loons scored against Seattle during an MLS playoff game on Dec. 7, 2020.

Loons face challenge of a Western Conference-heavy MLS schedule

Of the Loons' 34 games, 32 will be against teams from the strong Western Conference
Sports
March 30

UConn soccer player facing aggravated sexual assault charge

A UConn men's soccer player, already facing domestic violence charges, was arrested Monday night in Elmsford, New York, and will be charged with sexual assault when he is returned to Connecticut, authorities said.
Business
March 30

Spanish resorts languish while Madrid hosts Europe's parties

In Madrid, the real party starts at 11 p.m. after the bars close — and curfew kicks in.
Olympics
March 29
The United States’ Jesus Ferreira, right, and Honduras’ Jose Reyes battled for the ball during their CONCACAF Olympic qualifying soccer semifinal

Olympic failures show structural issues for U.S. Soccer, MLS

The Catch-22 for U.S. men's soccer in the Olympics is this: The better a player gets, the less likely he is to play.
Sports
March 29

European women's soccer vision sees place for indie clubs

Independent teams should have a place beside storied names from men's soccer even as the women's game develops rapidly, the organization of Europe's top clubs said Monday.
Olympics
March 28
Honduras’ Cristopher Melendez comforted the United States’ Sebastian Soto at the end of a Concacaf men’s Olympic qualifying championship semifin

U.S. men lose to Honduras, miss third consecutive Olympic soccer berth

American players fell to the field at the final whistle. Another missed Olympics soccer tournament for the U.S. men.
Sports
March 28

Europe top teams win WCup qualifiers as Swiss move goalposts

World Cup qualifying in Europe took a quirky turn when the goalposts were removed before a match between Switzerland and Lithuania because they were deemed the incorrect size.
Sports
March 27

Portugal, Belgium held in WCup qualifying, Ireland shocked

Portugal and Belgium were left frustrated by draws in their World Cup qualifying matches. Ireland was left in shock.
Loons
March 27
Adrian Heath last season.

Minnesota United opens preseason with 9-0 victory over Charleston Battery

Adrian Heath said the team is still hoping to acquire some players before the season begins.
Loons
March 26
Jackson Yueill of the United States controlled the ball against Uruguay during a friendly in 2019.

Bloomington's Yueill captains U.S. team striving for Olympics

Midfielder Jackson Yueill leads a group facing Honduras on Sunday in a CONCACAF semifinal.
Sports
March 26

Barrier falls: Woman officiates men's qualifier in Americas

Kathryn Nesbitt ran the sidelines, waving a flag, blending in for all the right reasons.
Sports
March 26

AP Interview: Serie A trying to get it right on anti-racism

A botched anti-racism campaign launch involving a painting of apes. Consistent failures to punish clubs whose fans direct monkey chants at Black players. A scathing verbal attack from FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who lambasted Italian soccer authorities for "hiding the truth" about discrimination.
Sports
March 25

Torch relay for Tokyo Olympics kicks off its 121-day journey

The torch relay for the postponed Tokyo Olympics began its 121-day journey across Japan on Thursday and is headed toward the opening ceremony in Tokyo on July 23.
Sports
March 25
Baseball fans waited in line at the ticket office at Hammond Stadium to buy tickets to Spring Training games. Tickets for all 14 home games sold out i

Get your tickets now (if you're lucky) as Minnesota sports reopen to fans

With state-mandated capacity limits for entertainment venues rising on April 1, tickets are going on sale. Here's a look at what will be available.
Olympics
March 24

Mexico beats U.S. 1-0 in men's Olympic soccer qualifying

Sebastian Soto's sloppy giveaway cost the United States in a 1-0 loss to Mexico.
Sports
March 24
U.S. Soccer Women’s National Team member Megan Rapinoe visits the White House briefing room before an event to mark Equal Pay Day, Wednesday, March

Women's soccer stars join Biden to promote closing pay gap

President Joe Biden made the case Wednesday that the pay disparity between men and women has hurt the economy, bringing members of the U.S. women's national soccer team to the White House to help set new goals for equality.
Loons
March 24
Minnesota United’s 34-game schedule announced on Wednesday includes five nationally televised games, four of them at home in Allianz Field and the t

Minnesota United 2021 schedule includes four nationally televised games at home

The Loons' regular season schedule was released Wednesday, with four of the team's first six games played at Allianz Field before a limited number of fans.
Loons
March 24
Hassani Dotson (left, shown for Minnesota United vs. Nashville last October) scored twice for the U.S. under-23 national team in a 4-0 victory over th

United's Dotson raises profile with two-goal game for U.S. team

Loons midfielder Hassani Dotson's two goals sparked the Olympic hopefuls in defeating the Dominican Republic.
Sports
March 24

EXPLAINER: Torch relay not just a sideshow in time of COVID

The Olympic torch relay is usually just a sideshow for the real thing; the prelude, the buildup, the warm-up act that could be skipped.