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Nicholson's 66th minute header gives Minnesota United a 2-1 win over Chicago

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A year ago, Minnesota United opened their home slate by getting blown out in a blizzard. This year, the sun shone on a chilly TCF Bank Stadium and the home side delivered a much better performance.

The Loons made this season's home opener count as a Sam Nicholson goal in the 66th minute capped off a crazy 11 minutes of action in a 2-1 Loons win.

Derailing an MLS season

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Mar 14, 2018) US Soccer Players - Traditionally speaking, it doesn't take much to derail an MLS season. A decided lack of depth beyond the first 11-14 players on the roster meant that losing even one or two starters for protracted periods of time could lead to a string of bad results.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 3/13/18

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MLS Team of the Week, CONCACAF Champions League preview, and Manchester City wins again

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Team of the Week presented by Audi: LAFC's Carlos Vela shines in Week 2
Here's the MLS Team of the Week from this weekend's matches.

Minnesota United midfielder Kevin Molino sidelined by torn ACL
Minnesota United midfielder Kevin Molino is expected to miss the rest of the MLS campaign after suffering a torn ACL, the MLS club announced Monday.

Kevin Molino suffers torn ACL

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A big injury will rob Minnesota United of the team's primary playmaker.

Midfielder Kevin Molino was diagnosed with a torn ACL, the club announced Monday. The midfielder willundergo surgery in the coming weeks to repair the injury.

The 27-year-old Trinidad and Tobago international was stretchered off in the 51st minute of the Loons' 2-1 win over Orlando City in Week 2.

MLS Ticker: Alessandrini out, Revs reportedly shopping Nemeth and more

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Romain Alessandrini will miss the LA Galaxy's match against New York City FC this weekend thanks to a hamstring injury suffered in the second half of Sunday's clash with the Portland Timbers.

"He has a little bit of a hamstring strain," head coach Sigi Schmid said. "He went back to the doctor today, so we'll have a better idea what the long-term prognosis is.

Houston Dynamo trio, Tyler Miller headline SBI MLS Best XI for Week 1

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The Houston Dynamo delivered the most stunning win of the opening weekend of the MLS season, and their leading contributors headline the SBI MLS Best XI for Week 1.

Forwards Mauro Manotas and Alberth Elis lead the way in Houston's 4-0 trouncing of Atlanta United, and each earned places in the week's Best XI.

The 2018 SBI Season Preview

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The Major League Soccer season begins Saturday afternoon, as Toronto FC hosts Columbus Crew in a rematch of the 2017 Eastern Conference final.

The opener headlines a weekend full of intriguing action, but before you settle in for a weekend full of MLS, catch up on everything you need to know for the upcoming campaign.

An unattractive answer: the truth about Ilsinho

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Nick Fishman continues PSP's offseason series, "The search for a No. 10," with a microscopic look at a divisive player. With no new signing in sight, is Ilsinho the right answer to the Union's biggest question?

MLS Preseason Rewind: Quakes, RSL draw, FC Dallas hosts CCL foe

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A few more MLS teams were in preseason action on Wednesday.

The San Jose Earthquakes took on Real Salt Lake in Tucson, Arizona in the only MLS on MLS match of the day. Meanwhile, FC Dallas continued their preparation for the CONCACAF Champions League against a team from El Salvador.

Elsewhere, Minnesota United had a routine afternoon against a college side and the Seattle Sounders took on an NASL side.

Is Minnesota United better in 2018?

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Feb 7, 2018) US Soccer Players - To their credit, it doesn't seem as if Minnesota United is too bothered by being constantly compared to the other member of their 2017 expansion class, Atlanta United. While Arthur Blank's flashy exercise in stretching the meaning of "MLS budget" made waves in their initial year thanks to a big name coach, South American attackers, and record-breaking crowds, the Loons stayed true to their pragmatic approach to building out an MLS franchise over several seasons.

Major Link Soccer: Minnesota United after Yamil Asad

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Minnesota United is after the former Atlanta United attacker


Not surprisingly that the Crew want a lot for their most valuable asset. It will take a significant offer for Crew SC to part with Justin Meram - Massive Report

No one will likely get killed if the Crew moves to Austin but in Argentina they would.

In Pictures: 2018 MLS SuperDraft

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Sights from Philly's first big soccer event of the year.

Christian Ramirez’s American Dream

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By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Jan 11, 2018) US Soccer Players - It's safe to say that Christian Ramirez has had to earn every opportunity he's gotten in his career thus far. The son of two Colombian immigrants, Ramirez was born in California and spent ages one through seven in Colombia, the oldest of four kids.

New Year, New MLS Stars

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By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Jan 4, 2018) US Soccer Players - In many ways, 2017 was the most eventful year for Major League Soccer thus far. For the first time in nearly a decade, the East was the dominant conference of the two. Trade announcements included the amount of allocation money swapping hands, allowing for more detailed analysis of these moves.

D.C. United passes on 2017 MLS Re-Entry Draft’s first stage

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The Black-and-Red weren't interested in taking anyone at their current asking price

The MLS Re-Entry Draft's stage one came and went for D.C. United, who opted to pass with the second pick. This matches years past, where stage two — where teams can negotiate new deals with players rather than accepting their existing contract options — is far busier.

Quakes get in, Timbers top West as MLS playoff field is set

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Decision Day provided plenty of drama and a series of early goals and, when the dust settled, the playoff picture was set.

In the East, we knew Toronto FC and the New York Red Bulls were locked into first and sixth, respectively, but everything else was up for grabs. Due to a draw with the Columbus Crew, NYCFC was in danger, but an Atlanta United draw saw Patrick Vieira's side hold on.

Quakes clinch playoffs in dramatic fashion with win over Minnesota United

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Following five years of misery in the Bay Area, the San Jose Earthquakes have punched their ticket into the 2017 playoffs.

And yes, it was a cathartic San Jose-esque finish.

Chris Leitch and co. had all odds on their side but, first, they had to get through a resilient Minnesota United.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 32

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Despite the small schedule during the international break, each MLS match that was played this weekend carried some type of importance.

The New York Red Bulls clinched a playoff spot with a win over the Vancouver Whitecaps. (READ)

Brent Kallman's late header rescued a home draw for Minnesota United against Sporting KC.

Late Kallman header rescues a point for the Loons against SKC

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A late goal and some stoppage time goalkeeping heroics kept honors even in Minnesota United's home finale against Sporting Kansas City.

Diego Rubio opened the scoring just before half time for visitors, but that was cancelled by Brent Kallman's header in the final minutes as Minnesota United and Sporting Kansas City played out a 1-1 draw.

Minnesota wins at Atlanta

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Wednesday's soccer news starts with Minnesota getting a late winner to beat Atlanta 3-2 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Abu Danladi put Minnesota up in the 48th minute. Atlanta went a man down in the 60th with Kyle Reynish seeing red for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity.

Hector Villalba equalized for Atlanta in the 67th with Julian Gressel scoring five minutes later.

Loons use late surge to complete comeback win at Atlanta United

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After letting a 1-0 lead slip away on Tuesday evening, Minnesota United might have thought luck was not on its side yet again this season.

Fortunes changed quickly for the Loons though, with a late surge delivering a shocking result in Atlanta. Leading scorer Christian Ramirez and key playmaker Kevin Molino each netted goals in second-half stoppage time to give the Loons a stunning 3-2 road win against Atlanta United.

Alberth Elis, Romell Quioto score late for Dynamo in win over Minnesota

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The Houston Dynamo are back in the playoff positions thanks to some late scoring against Minnesota United.

The Dynamo downed the Loons by a 2-1 score thanks to a couple late goals from the Honduran internationals up front to climb back above the red line in the Western Conference.

Both teams exercised some degree of dominance in the first half, but neither side was able to find a goal.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 29 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 29 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. Dallas’ Nosedive Continues

FC Dallas entered this weekend without a win in their last nine games dating back to July 22 – having fallen from first place in the Western Conference to below the playoff red line.

LA Galaxy

SBI Soccer Podcast: Episode 4 (LAFC's strong start, issues with the Galaxy, and more)

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Week two of MLS is in the books, which means Joe Hojnacki, Ryan Tolmich, and Joe Tansey are back to discuss a chaotic week of domestic soccer action.

The trio discuss the expansion side Los Angeles FC and their strong start led by Uruguayan Diego Rossi, the issues that could plague the LA Galaxy, the state of Minnesota United without Kevin Molino, and more.

Timbers Open 2018 Season at LA Galaxy; Home Opener Set for April 14th

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We have our first glimpse of the Portland Timbers' 2018 schedule.

The Timbers will open the season with a cross-country road trip that features the two erstwhile "it" clubs in MLS. Gio Savarese's side will open the regular season against the LA Galaxy at the Stub Hub Center on Sunday, March 4th, at 7:00 p.

MLS- Minnesota United

Ethan Finaly's brace earns Minnesota United three points in Adrian Heath's return to Orlando

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ORLANDO, Fla. Ethan Finlay gave his head coach the perfect homecoming gift.

Finlay bagged a brace a goal in each half to help Minnesota United to three points in Adrian Heath's first game in central Florida since being fired by Orlando City in 2016 with a 2-1 victory over the Lions at Orlando City Stadium on Saturday night.

MLS Ticker: Evans signs with Sporting KC, TFC signs Brazilian youth international and more

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Veteran defender Brad Evans has found a new home.

According to The Kansas City Star, Evans has signed on with Sporting KC as a free agent. Evans moves to Sporting KC after spending the past nine seasons with the Seattle Sounders.

A consistent presence in the Sounders defense for many years, Evans was limited by a back injury last season and missed out on the remainder of the season after suffering the injury in August.

Minnesota United's trade-filled day headlined by Mason Toye

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PHILADELPHIA It's hard to not get excited if you're Mason Toye heading up to Minnesota United.

The No. 7 overall pick in Friday's MLS Draft will get a chance to work with Minnesota United manager Adrian Heath, who has helped develop Cyle Larin and Abu Danladi in his time as an MLS manager.

"I'm extremely excited.

Christian Ramirez ready to seize USMNT opportunity after years waiting for call

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For years, Christian Ramirez waited for his chance at a U.S. Men's National Team call-up. As he racked up accolade after accolade and scored goal after goal, the Minnesota United forward always seemed to fly just under the radar as he patiently awaited an introduction to the international game.

And, for years, it never came despite the NASL dominance and the ensuing MLS breakthrough that kept his name at the top of the American goalscoring charts.

T&T's Kevin Molino riding high into international break

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Kevin Molino is peaking at just the right time for Minnesota United and a Trinidad & Tobago national team hoping to spoil the U.S. Men's National Team's World Cup Qualifying run.

The Soca Warriors are calling up a forward/attacking midfielder that happens to be in playing lights out for Minnesota United in MLS.

MLS Midweek Preview: Atlanta looks to continue home push against Minnesota

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The international break may take centerstage throughout the next week or so, but there is one midweek MLS match that could be vital to playoff positioning.

Atlanta United is already bound for the postseason. Minnesota United almost certainly will not join their expansion cousins. However, the Loons can play spoiler on Tuesday night as Atlanta looks to continue their push towards an opening round bye.

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Jack Elliott finishes third in MLS Rookie of the Year voting

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Atlanta United midfielder Julian Gressel garnered more than 50 percent of votes

For the second straight year, a Philadelphia Union player has been passed over for the Rookie of the Year award.

Jack Elliott finished third in voting behind Minnesota United striker Abu Danladi and Atlanta United midfielder Julian Gressel, who received an average of 53.

Major Link Soccer: The USMNT prepares for Panama

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Can Clint Dempsey be the difference-maker again? Will the World Cup 2022 really be in Qatar? Also, Raleigh's stadium plans take a hit.


At the espnW Women + Sports summit, Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird both addressed attendees, with Rapinoe wondering why the NWSL and the Reign in particular struggle to attract large numbers when the WNT has such a strong following.

The Rest

ATF: Cobi Jones and sparking a generation

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Also: Kellyn Acosta out for 6-8 weeks, the Loons sign a defensive midfielder, take a look at the top 30 midfielders going into the fantasy season and more!


Portland Timbers 2018 Season Preview — Total MLS
Portland finished top of the Western Conference in 2017 but their playoff run ended with a shocking home defeat.

Some Soccer News for Feb 1, 2018

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It's Day 32 of 2018.

Rumor has it that Minnesota United director Manny Lagos is in Colombia to negotiate with Deportivo Cali for attacking midfielder Nicolas Benedetti. By Jeff Rueter for ESPNFC.


Near the end of the article there is info on NEW subpoenas being issued by the US Justice Department pertaining to more FIFA inquiries.

The NASL’s international calendar problem

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By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Jan 25, 2018) US Soccer Players - On January 8, the North American Soccer League (NASL) announced that it was championing the concept of playing the game in winter in the US. Mired in a multiple-year-long question of its vitality, the NASL found itself stripped of its second-division sanctioning by the US Soccer Federation.

MLS Draft Round 3: Recap

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The Union finally have picks!

Not much to say besides here are your third round picks from everyone! Format: Team Name (Acquired by if applicable)- Player (Position, School)

  1. Los Angeles FC- Jordan Jones (Forward, Oregon State)
  2. LA Galaxy- Nate Schultz (Defender, Akron)
  3. Chicago Fire (From DC United)- Elliott Collier (Forward, Loyola College)
  4. Colorado Rapids- Thomas Olsen (Goalkeeper, Univ of San Diego)
  5. Real Salt Lake (From Minnesota United)- PASSED
  6. NYCFC (From Orlando)- Alex Bumpus (Defender, Univ of Kentucky)
  7. Montreal Impact- Ken Krolicki (Midfielder, Michigan State)
  8. Philadelphia Union- Mike Catalano (Midfielder, Univ of Wisconsin)
  9. Philadelphia Union (From NE Revolution)- Aidan Apodaca (Forward, California Baptist)
  10. Real Salt Lake- PASS
  11. FC Dallas- Amer Sasivarevic (Midfielder, Grand Canyon University)
  12. San Jose Earthquakes- Kevin Partida (Midfielder, University of Las Vegas)
  13. Houston Dynamo (From Sporting KC)- Pablo Aguilar (Midfielder, Univ of Virginia)
  14. Montreal Impact (From Minnesota)-PASSED
  15. Portland Timbers(From Chicago)- Caleb Duvernay (Defender, NC State)
  16. Vancouver Whitecaps (From NY Red Bull)- Cory Brown (Defender, Xavier)
  17. Portland Timbers (From Real Salt Lake)- Tim Mueller (Forward, Oregon State)
  18. Portland Timbers- Stuart Holthusen (Forward, Akron)
  20. Houston Dynamo- Sheldon Sullivan (Defender, Univ of Virginia)
  21. Columbus Crew SC- Luis Argudo (Midfielder, Wake Forest)
  22. Seattle Sounders- Chris Bared (Defender, Villanova)
  23. Toronto FC- Andre Morrison (Defender, Hartford)

Some Soccer News for Dec 5, 2017

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It's Day 339 of 2017.


Nick Rogers has relieved of his job as President of Minnesota United. He had been the right hand of Dr Bill McGuire since he bought the team in 2012.
  • I want to thank Nick for everything he has done. We have had our conflicts over the years but always moved past them.

Some Soccer News for Oct 23, 2017

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It's Day 296 of 2017.

I am going to give Minnesota United their top 5 priorities for starters for 2018 in order:
  • Defense
  • Defense
  • Defense
  • Goalkeeper
  • Defensive midfielder
And as I have for many years I will keep repeating this until they fully address the issue.

Houston Dynamo vs Minnesota United: How to watch, lineups and more

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Houston host Minnesota on Saturday.


Houston Dynamo vs Minnesota United


Houston needs a win over Minnesota if they want in the playoffs. The team has struggled the last couple of weeks and lost their first home game of the season to Colorado, one of the worst teams in the Western Conference.