Sports
January 5

Ex-US Soccer president running again 2 years after quitting

Carlos Cordeiro is running to regain his job as U.S. Soccer Federation president, two years after he quit amid a backlash to the group's lawyers filing legal papers claiming the women's national team players had less physical ability and responsibility than their male counterparts.
Sports
January 5

Senegal latest team hit by virus days ahead of African Cup

Senegal's national soccer team was forced to delay its flight to the African Cup of Nations in Cameroon after three more players and six members of the backroom staff tested positive for the coronavirus.
Loons
January 4
Minnesota United fans held their scarves up to celebrate a win over the Los Angeles Galaxy last season.

Loons sign 21-year-old South African forward Hlongwane

Bongokuhle Hlongwane, the Loons' first player signed under Major League Soccer's new Under-22 initiative, has experience playing for the South African national team.
Sports
January 2
TTL Foundation Academy played AFC Richmond in a futsal game Dec. 20 at Whittier Recreation Center in Minneapolis.

First futsal courts coming to south Minneapolis

The fast-paced game has seen a burst of interest in the Twin Cities.
Sports
December 31, 2021
Three who will inspire in 2022 (clockwise from top left): Andrea Yoch, soccer leader; Wild boss Bill Guerin and Lynx star Napheesa Collier.

Neal: My picks for who will inspire us in Minnesota sports in 2022

Sports inspirations for a new year: Columnist La Velle E. Neal III picks a player, a team and a leader who can be our sources for optimism as we begin a new year.
Sports
December 30, 2021
We could call Gophers cornerback Coney Durr and ask him what his favorite sports moment of 2021 was ... but we probably don’t need to do that.

Year of Minnesota sports are nearly history; 10 topics that stood out

To help you build optimism for 2022, Michael Rand lists 10 things from 2021 that kept us entertained.
Business
December 29, 2021
From left, Minnesota Women’s Soccer Team assistant coach Jen Larrick, head coach Nicole Lukic, co-founder and president Andrea Yoch and assistant co

New second-division Minnesota women's soccer team raises over $1M through crowdsourcing

The strategy, while not uncommon, also gives the team a built-in fan base.
Sports
December 24, 2021
Santa Claus and a few elves cheered for the Vikings on Dec. 9 against Pittsburgh.

Souhan: Gifts Minnesota sports fans and athletes could use right now

More health, more support and, sure, more wins — it's a long list, but you dedicated Minnesota sports fans have been good this year. Happy Holidays to all of you.
Loons
December 23, 2021
Sporting Kansas City midfielder Gadi Kinda (17) and Minnesota United midfielder Ozzie Alonso vied for the ball during an Oct. 31 match in St. Paul.

Ex-Loons midfielder Alonso signs as free agent with Atlanta United

Also Thursday, Minnesota United picked up goalkeeper Eric Dick in the MLS re-entry draft.
Loons
December 20, 2021
Former Minnesota United midfielder Ethan Finlay

Former Minnesota United veteran Ethan Finlay signs with Austin FC

Finlay was a mainstay for the Loons after arriving via trade in 2017, their first season in MLS.
Loons
December 15, 2021
Minnesota United players celebrated their Oct. 20 victory against the Philadelphia Union at Allianz Field.

Loons open 2022 schedule in Philadelphia; home opener is March 5

The Loons will open the season on the road, Feb. 26, and play the regular season finale at home on Oct. 9.
Loons
December 13, 2021
Loons defender Romain Metanire (19)

Minnesota United leaves Metanire, Finlay, Alonso off protected list

In all, the Loons left 17 players unprotected heading into Tuesday's expansion draft. The new franchise in Charlotte can select up to five players from around the MLS.
Loons
December 8, 2021
Minnesota United midfielder Emanuel Reynoso (10)

United's Reynoso arrested in Argentina, detained on gun and robbery allegations

Authorities arrested Minnesota United midfielder Emanuel Reynoso in his Argentina hometown Tuesday on allegations he was involved in an armed encounter last weekend.
Loons
December 7, 2021
Minnesota United midfielder Emanuel Reynoso

United star Reynoso investigated in alleged attack on teenager

Argentina daily newspaper La Nacion reported authorities are investigating whether Emanuel Reynoso attacked the boy with a pistol over the weekend.
Loons
December 6, 2021
New MNUFC2 coach Cameron Knowles

Minnesota United starts new development league team called MNUFC2

The Loons will be among 21 MLS franchises with teams in the MLS development league starting in 2022.
Loons
December 1, 2021
Minnesota United midfielder Jan Gregus (8) and FC Dallas midfielder Andres Ricaurte (10) collided in the second half.

Loons decline contract option on Gregus; Alonso and Finlay become free agents

Jan Gregus signed in 2018 and became a starter in the central midfield until an ankle injury and coach's decisions limited him to 18 minutes played in last season's final three months.
Loons
November 30, 2021
Loons goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair

Loons sign goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair to new three-year contract

The former NCAA champion joins defender Chase Gasper and versatile Hassani Dotson from the Loons' 2019 draft class to sign new deals.
Loons
November 24, 2021
Wil Trapp (20) played more minutes than any Loon from the No. 6 defensive midfielder position.

Minnesota United roster: Who stays? Who goes? Who's ready to step up?

The Loons will need to do some tweaking after a first-round exit from the MLS Cup playoffs at Portland last Sunday.
Loons
November 24, 2021
Minnesota United players, including Hassani Dotson (31), Michael Boxall (15) and Chase Gasper (77), salute the crowd after defeating Sporting Kansas C

Minnesota United key offseason dates

The Dec. 14 expansion draft ranks high in importance.
Loons
November 24, 2021
Fans cheered on the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team in the in the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup at Allianz Field.

U.S. men's team to play Feb. 2 World Cup qualifier at Allianz Field

The U.S. men's national soccer team's February game will be its second visit to the St. Paul stadium.