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MLS Week 5: Minnesota gets a win

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In a first for the MLS expansion team, Minnesota United got three points from a game. Minnesota came back to beat Real Salt Lake 4-2 at home in week 5. Luke Mulholland put RSL up in the 4th minute with Kevin Molino equalizing in the 16th. Molino assisted on Christian Ramirez's goal in the 52nd with Ramirez scoring again in the 62nd.

NE Revolution vs. MN Photo Gallery

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Some Soccer News for Mar 20, 2017

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It's Day 79 of 2017.


Hail Hail Rock N Roll - the guitar king is dead - Chuck Berry - Rest In Power my man!
  • Back In The USA - live on TV in 1959 with Dick Clark as the host.

dN

A deep dive into the modern history of soccer in Minnesota.

Major Link Soccer - Eyes on Minnesota

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Also, aging Manchester stars and more analysis of the Team USA roster.

CCL

The CONCACAF Champions League semi-finals started this week, with each of the MLS teams hosting their first legs.

The Vancouver Whitecaps kicked it off against on Tuesday with an early own goal that led to a devastating 0-2 loss to Tigres.

10 things we learned from gameweek 2 of the 2017 MLS season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 2 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. Nightmare Pt. 2 For Minnesota

Minnesota United made their MLS home debut in a blizzard on Sunday afternoon in front of more than 35,000 fans at TCF Bank Stadium, and, somehow, managed to get beat worse than they did in their first game in Portland.

10 things we learned from gameweek 2 of the 2017 MLS season

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Photo credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Here are the ten things we learned from Week 2 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. Nightmare Pt. 2 For Minnesota

Minnesota United made their MLS home debut in a blizzard on Sunday afternoon in front of more than 35,000 fans at TCF Bank Stadium, and, somehow, managed to get beat worse than they did in their first game in Portland.

Sporting Traveling North for US Open Cup Defense

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Sporting Kansas City will start the defense of their 2015 US Open Cup championship up north against future MLS side Minnesota United. United qualified for the fourth round of the competition by beating St. Louis FC 2-0 tonight in St. Louis. The win avenges their 1-0 loss last year in the same round against St.

Some Soccer News for Apr 14, 2016

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It's Day 105 of 2016.


At a public speaking event today MLS commish Don Garber said that Minnesota would be joining MLS in 2017. Waiting for official confirmation.

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All the latest news from Minnesota United - injuries (Anor, Calvano, Jordan + Nicht out), tryouts (Ceus, Watson-Siriboe + Blake) and quotes from CCC (Coach Carl Craig.

Some Soccer News for Mar 11, 2016

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It's Day 71 of 2016.


I missed this the other day - March 7th, 2005 was the birthday of du Nord Futbol. That makes it 11 year old now.

dN

Last nights dream: Lou Reed moved to Minneapolis and we became close friends. I set up cool little musical performances for him.

Major Link Soccer: Minnesota Stadium Renders

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Minnesota unveils their stadium plans in St. Paul, Dempsey rips a new one, and Blatter still doesn't understand why he isn't running FIFA.

Seattle

Just in case you haven't heard, Jordan Morris is kind of a big deal. MLSSoccer.com took the time to get to know this big deal (and his dog) a little bit better.

World Soccer Talk Radio (4.30.15) Brian Quarstad

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Download the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Brian Quarstad.

Minnesota's own Brian Quarstad will be on the show tonight to discuss the latest developments regarding the MLS stadium situation for Minnesota United as well as the recent launch of the Northern Pitch website.

MLS Says Yes To Minnesota While Becks Struggles In Miami

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Major League Soccer continues to expansed with the awarding of its 24 the franchise to Minnesota on Wednesday. The new Minnesota United will begin play in 2018 and will play in a new soccer-specific stadium in downtown Minneapolis. It becomes the 13th new team to join the North American league since 2005.

How faith and hard work paid off for Minnesota’s soccer supporters

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Minnesota is perhaps the most deserving market for MLSthat has joined the league since Portland was announced in April 2009.

The region, which has played host to a team in a professional league since 1990 — the longest such streak for any American market — has been through itsups and down of the "wild wild west" of lower division soccer.

Report: San Antonio looking to sell team

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Boy the news is coming out today in a hurry for MLS expansion hopefuls. First Minnesota gets in and now there is a report in the Sports Business Journal that states that NASL side San Antonio Scorpions owner Gordon Hartman has hired Citigroup to sell the team, its stadium and adjacent property..

The article (paywall warning) states that the San Antonio ownersbelieve thekey in the sale is the expectation that the team could make the jump to MLS.

Report: MLS set to announce Minnesota bid this week

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Well, the whole 45-60 day thing didn't quite go that long. Various reports out of the Midwest suggest that Major League Soccer will be in Minnesota on Wednesday to formally announce the city's expansion bid with NASL side Minnesota United.

Wheels in motion in Minneapolis.

MLS releases statement on Minnesota expansion

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MLS Commissioner Don Garber has issued a statement regarding expansion to Minnesota today:

"Expansion continues to be a priority for Major League Soccer. We have all witnessed the resounding success that Orlando City SC and New York City FC have experienced as their expansion clubs debuted to record crowds at the start of the 2015 season.

Minnesota United

Revolution v. Minnesota: Three thoughts

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Kei Kamara scored a Kei Kamara goal and two more thoughts.

The New England Revolution played their first game of 2017 on Tuesday when they tied Minnesota United 1-1. Eugene Starikov struck in the 39th minute, giving the MLS newcomers a lead until Kei Kamara leveled the score in the 78th minute.

Some Soccer News for Oct 13, 2016

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It's Day 287 of 2016.


The determination of MLS draft orders for Minnesota and Atlanta will be made via a coin flip on Sun Oct 16 at 1pm CT. It will be shown live on MLSsoccer.com.

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I spent some time yesterday reading some of the Tweets inspired by Kelly Oxford and her request to "Women: tweet me your first assaults.

Some Soccer News for Jun 2, 2016

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It's Day 154 of 2016.


US Open Cup - 3rd Round:
Saint Louis 0-2 Minnesota United

My Minnesota United Notes:
  • Unfortunately there is no video highlight package from the game.
  • MU goals by Kevin Venegas and Jack Blake.
  • Minn got revenge for last year's USOC loss at the same St Louis team.

Major Link Soccer: "Garber's war on authenticity"

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Minnesota got their name stolen by Atlanta United, and it doesn't really make sense to them or anyone else.

Seattle

Keep an eye out for Gonzalo Pineda this week after he comes back to the Emerald City to cover the CONCACAF Champions League.

Ya vamos a Seattle para la cobertura del @SoundersFC vs.

North American Soccer League

Some Soccer News for Oct 31, 2016

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It's Day 305 of 2016.


The NASL era in Minnesota soccer is over. The team finished in 5th place and did not qualify for the playoffs for the first time in many seasons.

dN

After the game there was a lot of emotion flowing. Former player Brian Kallman shot this video and caught me looking like I was fighting back tears:
My favorite part of the night last night @MNDarkClouds the look on @dunord s face says it all!

Some Soccer News for Sep 1, 2016

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It's Day 245 of 2016.


The unraveling of the NASL appeared to pick up speed today with rumors flying hard and heavy that Ottawa Fury is leaving the league at the end of the season. And joining USL?!?!
  • Ottawa Fury released a statement that said absolutely nothing to put the brakes on speculation:
Statement by @OttawaFuryFC regarding earlier rumors today pic.

NASL Rewind: Minnesota tops Cosmos late, RailHawks win and more

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While the Carolina RailHawks maintained their unbeaten run, Minnesota United FC scored late to topple the New York Cosmos to highlight Week 4 of NASL action.

The RailHawks kept their perfect recordalive with a commanding victory over the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Just behind them, Minnesota United kept pace with a last-gasp Christian Ramirez winner that sunk the Cosmos to a second-straight defeat.

Fire v Minnesota United FC - preseason match preview

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Prepare for the Fire's penultimate preseason match with another preview by Martin Tomszak.

What Are They All About? Minnesota United

The revolution continues! Veljko Paunovic and the Chicago Fire find themselves on a bit of a hot streak after defeating Vancouver in the first match of the Simple Invitational this past Sunday.

NASL Notes: Lagos becomes Minnesota's sporting director; Indy hires Hankinson; and more

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After another season in which head coach Manny Lagos took Minnesota United to the NASL playoffs, the MLS-elect side has opted to enhance his role.

United announced on Thursday that Lagos would become the club's first sporting director.With that role, Lagos will assume all responsibility for player recruitment, acquisition and development.

Minnesota Thunder

Some Soccer News for Apr 8, 2016

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Its NASL Week 2: Featuring a 2nd Florida derby in 2 weeks!
-Sat Apr 9
Indy v Ottawa - 6:30pm CT on beIN Sports.
OKC v Carolina
Miami v Tampa
-Sun Apr 10
Edmonton v Minnesota - 3pm CT on ESPN3 and in the Twin Cities on My 29.

Northern Pitch

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If you've been around here for any length of time you'll remember Brian Quarstad, who contributed immeasurably to CCN and went on to write the award winning, influential and indispensible Inside Minnesota Soccer site, and Bruce McGuire, an ongoing inspiration in football fandom, blogging, and just in general.

TCU

Big 12 rankings: TCU, Baylor remain 1-2 after first week of the season

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Here are my Big 12 rankings. They have nothing to do what went on before the season and are based solely on the team's first-game performances.

  1. TCU (1-0, next game Saturday vs. Stephen F. Austin) — Horned Frogs' victory at Minnesota might resonate more if Minnesota develops into Big Ten West challenger, which just might happen.

A six-pack of thoughts from Thursday’s Big 12 games and news

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Pros, cons of a Big 12 championship game

When asked about his season opener earlier this summer, TCU coach Gary Patterson said he would be satisfied beating Minnesota by one more point than the Gophers scored.

The Horned Frogs did a little better, claiming a 23-17 triumph Thursday night that wasn't filled with many style points for the No.

Big 12 picks for the opening weekend of the season

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There's always a sense of renewal when the season starts and the football games finally begin.

And unlike the NFL foisting four exhibition games on a gullible public, colleges start from scratch and all games matter.

That unpredictability lends an air of uncertainty every season and makes the opening game intriguing because of the great unknown.

TCU-Minnesota set for featured prime-time position on opening night

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TCU and Minnesota have announced their Sept. 3 game will be featured as the prime game on ESPN's opening Thursday night programming window.

Kickoff at TCF Bank Stadium will be at 8 p.m.

It will be the first of two Thursday night games for the Horned Frogs in 2015. TCU hosts West Virginia on Thursday, Oct.

The Rest

Some Soccer News for Apr 4, 2017

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It's Day 94 of 2017.


I meant to write this yesterday, but it was really interesting to see Kyle Beckerman being a complete non-factor for RSL against Minnesota. I am so used to him dominating the game that it was odd to see him so quiet.

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An impressive and popular museum in Dortmund shows the history of German football and its connection to society, with both glory and shame included.

Revolution draw with Minnesota in first preseason game of 2017, Delamea and Wright impress

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Pegged against one of MLS's two expansion teams, New England split the spoils.

With preseason still in its early days, it's hard to get a read on how the New England Revolution will fare throughout the 2017 MLS season.

But on Tuesday morning in Casa Grande, Arizona, the Revs went through their paces, drawing, 1-1, with Minnesota United FC.

Some Soccer News for Jan 26, 2017

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It's Day 26 of 2017.


Minnesota United Preseason:

Hottest rumor in the land today is that Minnesota has paid big $ for Kevin Molino from Orlando:
Orlando City getting $650k total (450 GAM/200 TAM). GK Patrick McLain also going to Minn. Will have full story up ASAP — Alicia Rose DelGallo (@OSAliciaD) January 26, 2017
And the starting goalkeeper John Alvbage is on a plane from Sweden as I type.

Some Soccer News for Dec 19, 2016

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It's Day 354 of 2016.


Minnesota United looks set to train in Casa Grande AZ in late January/early February and play at least 1 friendly, on Jan 31 v New England Revolution.
#NERevs will play preseason matches vs. Minnesota (1/31), RBNY (2/3), SKC (2/7), RSL (2/15), Colorado (2/18), SKC (2/22) and TBD (2/25).

No D.C. United players selected in the 2016 MLS Expansion Draft

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Atlanta United and Minnesota United stocked their rosters without raiding the Black-and-Red's squad

The 2016 MLS Expansion Draft is in the books, as Atlanta United and Minnesota United both picked over the rest of the league's rosters to stock their own. The only important United - that's D.

Some Soccer News for Oct 5, 2016

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It's Day 279 of 2016.


An interview with Bob Bradley on Day 1 at his new club. [VIDEO] Via the Swansea City website.

If you look at the Bob Bradley hiring from an unbiased perspective you can see how it is a gamble for everyone involved. By Simon Evans of the Washington Post.

Some Soccer News for Feb 19, 2016

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It's Day 50 of 2016.


CONCACAF Women's Olympic qualifying:
-Fri Feb 19
USA v Trinidad + Tobago - 7:30pm CT on NBCSN
-Winner goes to the tournament next summer.

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The Copa America Centenario group stage draw will happen on Sun Feb 21 at 6:30pm CT on FS2.

Some Soccer News for Nov 18, 2015

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Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton on Syrian Refugees: "This is Minnesota. You have every right to be here. And anybody who cannot accept your right to be here should find another state."
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I finally got to watch the Ronda Rousey v Holly Holm fight last night, thank you Pat!, and its obvious why Holm won - she was perfection.