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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.

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.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 28

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MLS got a record-setting weekend started in exciting fashion with a thrilling draw in front of a giant crowd.

Atlanta United and Orlando City put on a show for an MLS record crowd of 70,425 as the two southern rivals battled to a 3-3 draw. (READ)

Tony Tchani banged home an extra time equalizer to give the Vancouver Whitecaps a valuable away point in Columbus.

Storylines: Real Salt Lake vs Portland Timbers

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The Timbers continue the march to the playoffs with a stop in Sandy, Utah.

The Story So Far

The Timbers continued to roll as they beat New York City FC 1-0 in Yankee Stadium over the weekend. Diego Valeri continued his tear, scoring his 7th goal in as many matches, tying a Major League Soccer record.

MLS Midweek Preview: Atlanta hosts Revs, Whitecaps take on Minnesota

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While the midweek slate may only feature two games on the schedule, those two games could go a long way towards determining playoff positioning.

Atlanta United remains in the thick of the Eastern Conference race as they continue to christen their new stadium. Next up? A match with the New England Revolution, who will need to close the season on a big run to have any sort of hope for a playoff berth.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 27

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MLS was back with a full slate of matches this weekend as we learned the first playoff team of the year and saw a couple late goals.

Nemanja Nikolic finally scored again for Chicago Fire, but his goal was cancelled out by Bradley Wright-Phillips as New York Red Bulls earn a 1-1 home draw. (READ)

Toronto FC became the first team to clinch a playoff spot with a domination 4-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes, complete with a pair of goals from Jozy Altidore.

Match report: Minnesota United 1-1 Philadelphia Union

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Goals by C.J. Sapong and Ethan Finlay canceled each other out as —with a little help from VAR — Philadelphia Union earned a 1-1 draw at Minnesota United.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 9/6/17

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Union back in action, MLS Power Rankings, US result, and other games from around the world.

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UNION FACT CHECK: Union plays second expansion team in as many games when facing Minnesota
Philadelphia Union return to MLS action this week to take on new MLS franchise Minnesota United in the Twin Cities on Sept.

Abu Danladi brace lifts Minnesota to away win over struggling Fire

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Minnesota United collected their first away win of the season, beating an out-of-form Chicago Fire, 2-1, at Toyota Park on Saturday.

The opener came courtesy of Abu Danladi, who netted both of the Loons' goals on the night with the first coming in the 35th minute. The rookie played the ball back and forth with Ethan Finlay in the penalty area, eventually resulting with Danladi scoring from close range.

Clint Dempsey converts late penalty, Sounders win third straight

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SEATTLE Three minutes of stoppage time had ticked down to just 30 seconds on Sunday night, leaving the expansion Minnesota United arguably the worst team in all of MLS mere moments from earning a most unexpected road point against the defending champion Seattle Sounders.

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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.

FC Dallas continues to struggle with lopsided loss to Minnesota United

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Sep 23, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota United forward Christian Ramirez (21) celebrates his goal in the first half in front of the FC Dallas defender Walker Zimmerman (25) at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

When it comes to FC Dallas' extended winless run, there doesn't appear to be an end in sight.

Christian Ramirez's special celebration, Abu Danladi's second road winner highlight Loons victory

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Superman is back, and he's is expecting a Superkid.

With his first start since his injury back in July, Christian Ramirez kept the secret that his wife was expecting a child until his first goal. After scoring the Loons' second equalizer of the game at the 60th minute, Ramirez grabbed a ball and put it under his shirt announcing the good news.

Abu Danladi scores late goal to seal Minnesota United win in Montreal

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With every chance the Montreal Impact had to win, Minnesota United had a comeback opportunity, and they took it.

For their first time at Stade Saputo in both teams' MLS era, the Loons had the last word, running away with 3-2 win.

Minnesota United only held a lead for the last minute and the four minutes injury time.

Whitecaps thump Minnesota United to move atop Western Conference

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The Vancouver Whitecaps are very much in the mix for the top spot in the West, and Wednesday's beatdown of Minnesota United only furthered their case.

A trio of different goalscorers led the way for the Caps in a 3-0 beatdown of visiting Minnesota United on Wednesday night. The win puts the Canadian side on top of the Western Conference table despite having games in hand.

VAR helps Union seal tie with Minnesota United

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The Philadelphia Union benefited from VAR, but it wasn't enough to help them seize a much-needed road win.

Ethan Finlay's goal canceled out CJ Sapong's opener, earning Minnesota United a 1-1 draw with the visiting Union on Saturday night. The draw leaves the Union four points below the red line with four teams to leapfrog in the final six matches.

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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.

Tactical analysis: Minnesota United 1-1 Philadelphia Union

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A wild and ugly game produced some intriguing tactical moves by the managers, but the scoreline reflects Philly's chronic inability to create good chances out of good positions.

Toronto FC

Fire v Minnesota United match preview

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What Are They All About? Minnesota United FC

Out of the running. This past weekend the Chicago Fire suffered their first home defeat of the season, losing 3-1 against Toronto FC. Perhaps more significant than the shattering of their eleven-match unbeaten streak at Toyota Park was the emphatic way in which TFC ended Chicago's Supporter Shield chances.

Toronto FC 3 Fire 1 - recap and ratings

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A game that has been circled on the calendar for months finally provided an answer to the question about whether or not the Fire could win the Eastern Conference. Although the answer itself is one that they didn't want to hear, the 3-1 loss to Toronto FC doesn't close the book on the 2017 season. The Fire simply aren't as good as TFC.

The Rest

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.

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.

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.

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.

Match preview: Philadelphia Union at Minnesota United

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The Union are set to face Minnesota United in Minnesota. Their away record is abysmal and so are their chances of coming out with three points.

Some Soccer News for Aug 30, 2017

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It's Day 242 of 2017.

The Houston Dash and Houston Dynamo soccer clubs are encouraging anyone who wants to contribute to the Hurricane disaster funds to connect with the Red Cross. Their city is just getting crushed. Please help if you can.
  • You can also text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Photo Gallery: Sounders vs Minnesota United

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