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Defenders lead Minnesota comeback in draw with Whitecaps

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The unlikeliest of duos handed Minnesota United life in the second half on Saturday night in their 2-2 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Defenders Francisco Calvo and Jerome Thiesson both scored their first career MLS goals in the second half to rescue the Loons from a two-goal deficit.

Poor play out of the back from the Loons led to the first Vancouver tally, as a poor back pass intended for Bobby Shuttleworth forced the goalkeeper to slide in a challenge against Brek Shea that ended with Shea on the ground.

Late own goal dooms Minnesota United in loss to Galaxy

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Minnesota United was just moments away from sealing a hard-fought home point, but a late own goal ensured the LA Galaxy earned a much-needed road win on Sunday afternoon.

A late Christian Ramirez own goal doomed Minnesota United on Sunday as the LA Galaxy escaped TCF Bank Stadium with a 2-1 win.

TFC tops Minnesota United in five-goal thriller

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Toronto FC and Minnesota United have proven their attacking chops at various points throughout the MLS season but, on Saturday, it was the former that emerged victorious in a five-goal shootout.

Tosaint Ricketts scored once again, his third goal of the week, leading Toronto FC to a 3-2 win over Minnesota United at BMO Field.

Minnesota United stuns Sporting KC for home win

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Minnesota United has provided plenty of ups and downs to start their MLS tenure, but Sunday's effort may have been the biggest surprise yet.

Led by a pair of assists from Miguel Ibarra and a goal from highly-touted rookie Abu Danladi, the Loons took down Sporting KC, 2-0, at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Jungwirth's scrappy goal sends Quakes past Minnesota

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Winning on the road in MLS doesn't have to be pretty. The San Jose Earthquakes were the latest to prove that on Saturday in their 1-0 win over Minnesota United at TCF Bank Stadium.

Florian Jungwirth's scrappy goal from close range and a little bit of luck throughout the second half propelled the Quakes to their first road triumph of 2017.

Ibarra header leads Minnesota United to shutout win over Rapids

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Minnesota United's defense has been awful to start the season, but on Sunday, the Loons came together for the club's first MLS clean sheet.

A header from Miguel Ibarra would prove all the Loons would need en route to a 1-0 shutout win over the Colorado Rapids at TCF Bank Stadium.

Second-half surge leads Minnesota United to draw in Houston

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Minnesota United took a huge step in shrugging off the dismal stigma around the club in its first year by coming back from two goals down to earn a point at BBVA Compass Stadium against the Houston Dynamo.

The Loons, who have lacked a bit of punch when going down this season, used two second-half strikes to force a 2-2 draw against the dangerous Dynamo.

MLS Ticker: Irwin out for a month, Shuttleworth confirmed as starter and more

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It wasn't the best weekend for goalkeepers on the field in Major League Soccer, and one of the better netminders in the league also suffered an injury.

Toronto FC's Clint Irwin has been ruled out 4-5 weeks with a hamstring strain he suffered chasing an attack in the penalty area on Friday in the Reds' scoreless draw with Sporting Kansas City.

Best of MLS Week 5: Torres, Valeri and more

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One of the top young forwards in Major League Soccer continued his resurgence in Week 5 with a hat-trick, while a struggling expansion side finally got put a crooked number in the win column.

There were plenty of terrific performances from around the league to choose from as the best of Week 5, but our editors narrowed it down to a select few to honor from the weekend.

Report: Minnesota acquires Cronin, Burch in trade with Colorado

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Thirteen days ago, Minnesota United and the Colorado Rapids were foes on the field. On Friday, they became trade partners in a deal that drastically improves the putrid back line of the Loons.

Minnesota is set to bring in midfielder Sam Cronin and defender Marc Burch in exchange for midfielders Mohamed Saeid and Josh Gatt, per theMinnesota Star-Tribune.

10-man Minnesota United hangs on for draw in Colorado

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Following back-to-back humiliating defeats to start their season, Minnesota United held onfor a 2-2 draw against the Colorado Rapidson Saturday.

The Loons were relegated to 10 men in the 70th minute, when Justin Davis stuck a high boot into the leg of Marlon Hairston. Despite facing a disadvantage for 20 minutes, the much-maligned Minnesota defense held firm to earn the first point in club history.

Valeri, Adi score twice as Portland breezes past Minnesota

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The unit some have hyped as the best front six in the league showed plenty of brilliance in the Portland Timbers' 5-1 win over Minnesota United at Providence Park on Friday night. Diego Valeri and Fanendo Adi bagged a pair of second-half braces to propel the Timbers to their first three points of the season.

MLS Ticker: Mullins signs contract extension, Minnesota inks right back and more

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One of the best midseason acquisitions of the 2016 season was made by D.C. United, and the club has locked up its star forward to a multi-year contract extension, according to theWashington Post.

Patrick Mullins, who scored eight goals in 14 games after arriving from New York City FC, is expected to lead the line and provide more production in the final third for the Black and Red in his first full season with the club.

Minnesota United signs Josh Gatt

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After several seasons marred by injuries, Josh Gatt is finally healthy as be brings his game to MLS.

Minnesota United announced on Wednesday that the club has signed Gatt, who previously featured for Norwegian club Molde. The 25-year-old winger moves to MLS after spending his first seven professional seasons abroad.

MLS Ticker: Lletget re-signs with Galaxy, Minnesota United finalizes staff, and more

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Sebastian Lletget is currently with the U.S. Men's National Team, but the midfielder's club situation was solidified on Wednesday afternoon.

The LA Galaxy announced Wednesday that Lletget has a contract extension with the club. Lletgethas made 40 starts, scoring eight times while adding 10 assists during his stay with the club.

MLS Ticker: Timbers close in on midfielder, Revs hit stadium roadblock and more

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The Portland Timbers appear to have found a replacement for the departed Lucas Melano, one who hopefully produces more in the final third than the disappointing designated player. According to ESPN, Caleb Porter's side is close to a deal with Argentinian midfielder Sebastian Blanco, who is also being hunted by Club America.

Minnesota United unveil Venegas, Davis as MLS signings

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Minnesota United began constructing its MLS roster by signing two club stalwarts on Thursday.

DefendersKevin Venegas and Justin Davis were unveiled as Minnesota's first MLS signings. Both players have spent their entire professional careers with the Loons.

"I've been wanting to bring my style of play to Major League Soccer for as long as I can remember," said Venegas.

MLS Spotlight: Heath ready to use expansion experience to boost Minnesota United

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Adrian Heath wasn't panicking just yet, but he was certainly a bit anxious. For the first time in years, he was away from the field, away from the game, away from the banter and camaraderie that have defined his life since he was a child inNewcastle-under-Lyme, England.

Then, an opportunity came, and it was one that fit.

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Danladi winner propels Minnesota United past Timbers

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Minnesota United rookie Abu Danladi endured a roller coaster evening on Wednesday, scoring an eventual winning goal and drawing a red card shortly after on a night that saw multiple red cards and own goals, as well as a big home win for the Loons.

Danladi scored the winning goal in the 64th minute to help Minnesota United earn a 3-2 victory at TCF Bank Stadium.

With blowout win, Vermes reaffirms Open Cup is a priority for Sporting KC

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Several managers of front-running MLS teams like Sporting Kansas City might have looked to rotate the squad during this week's midweek US Open Cup slate, especially with a West Coast road trip looming.

Not Peter Vermes. A 4-0 U.S. Open Cup win over Minnesota United FC on Wednesday at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas, reaffirmed his team's priority of the competition.

Sporting KC dominates Minnesota United en route to lopsided home win

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A depleted Sporting KC nonetheless dominated in another home win.

Sporting KC avenged an away loss to Minnesota on Saturday afternoon, winning 3-0 at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas. An attack devoid of key players still managed one-way traffic for nearly all 90 minutes.

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Minnesota United earns first MLS win with rout of RSL

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After four matches, and three bad losses, to start itstheir inaugural MLS, Minnesota United made history on Saturday night.

On the wrong end of some lopsided defeats through the season's first month, the Loons were the ones doing damage, battering Real Salt Lake, 4-2, at TCF Bank Stadium.

MLS Ticker: Molino dealt to Minnesota, Atlanta adds another defender, and more

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On a day when Atlanta United dominated the MLS news cycle, its expansion cousin Minnesota United reportedly made a huge splash.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Minnesota will acquire winger Kevin Molino and goalkeeper Patrick McLean from Orlando City in exchange for $450,000 in general allocation money and $200,000 in targeted allocation money.

MLS Ticker: Spector nearing Orlando move; Minnesota signs Taylor, Anor; and more

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Jonathan Spector appears bound for Orlando City.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Spector is set to join Orlando City if his current club, Birmingham City, signs off on an early release. Spector is reportedly in Orlando on Tuesday and could prove an answer at both fullback and centerback for a Lions team that struggled in defense throughout 2016.

MLS Ticker: Quakes end Quintero pursuit, Diskerud off NYCFC preseason roster, and more

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It looks like the San Jose Earthquakes won't be signing Darwin Quintero.

According to ESPN, the Earthquakes have ended their pursuit of Quintero from Club America. IfSan Jose was serious about acquiring the Colombian forward, the Quakeswould have spent around $5 million for a transfer fee and annual wages of $2.

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MLS Ticker: Giovinco receives offer from China; Onyewu trains with the Union; and more

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The wealthy clawsof the Chinese Super League could be stretching into MLS to snatch another star.

According to Football Italia, Toronto FC striker and 2015 MLS MVP Sebastian Giovinco has received an offer from an unnamed club in the CSL and will hold a discussion with Toronto about his future.