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The Best of MLS Week 11: Gyasi Zardes, Christian Ramirez and more

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The first dual match week of the Major League Soccer season produced a plethora of intriguing results and rivalry drama.

Wednesday's slate was highlighted by Sporting Kansas City's 2-0 win over 10-man Atlanta United, while Week 11 ended with a few heated rivalry matches.

Sandwiched in between Wednesday and Sunday were some remarkable performances and outings from teams that got back on track with victories.

Sunday MLS Scoreboard: Sounders host Loons, NYCFC faces road test at Timbers

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A busy weekend of MLS action concludes on Sunday with a pair of intriguing fixtures on Sunday out west.

The early showdown comes from Seattle as the host Sounders welcome Minnesota United to town. Brian Schmetzer's team are seeking their first win of the season, following a 2-2 draw at Kansas City a week ago.

10-man Atlanta holds on for win over Loons

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Atlanta United FC made their second trip to "the land of a thousand lakes", and once again they returned home with all three points.

While Minnesota United FC played the majority of the match with a man advantage, they couldn't make it count, losing, 1-0, to Atlanta on an own goal.

The Loons struggled to take their chances, but held advantages over Atlanta in possession, shots, and number of passes complete.

Muyl, Wright-Phillips carry Red Bulls past Minnesota

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The New York Red Bulls made the most of their match against a depleted Minnesota United squad, as they earned a comfortable 3-0 win on Saturday.

The Red Bulls looked good for about a dozen on the night, but settled for a clinical win with goals from Alex Muyl and Bradley Wright-Phillips.

Muyl looked particularly impressive on the night, notching a goal and an assist in his return to the starting lineup.

The Best of MLS Week 2: Diego Rossi, Red Bulls and more

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Week 2 in MLS provided every twist and turn imaginable as it contained something for every soccer fan.

In nine games played Saturday and Sunday, only one team failed to score, while four teams came out of the weekend with road victories. Six players found the back of the net on two occasions, while a few rookies made impressive impacts on their respective sides.

Hoesen, Vako power Quakes past Minnesota

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In San Jose Earthquakes manager Mikael Stahre's first match in Major League Soccer,Valeri "Vako" Qazaishvili and Danny Hoesen proved to be too much for Minnesota United.

Hoesen and Vako were involved in each of the Quakes goals on the night, linking up well, and finding space between the Loons centerbacks.

A look at the most hopeful, hopeless teams in MLS ahead of the 2018 season

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The offseason is all but over, and the 2018 MLS campaign is upon is. Roster moves have been made, and all 23 clubs that will compete this year, including the new expansion side, are eager and excited to get the ball rolling.

Some with good reason. Some without.

The 2018 MLS season will kick off this weekend, and all the teams and their fans are heading into the year with that offseason twinkle in their eyes.

The Best of MLS Week 28: Josef Martinez, Abu Danladi, and more

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Atlanta United may have grabbed most of the headlines during Week 28, but plenty more happened outside of the fireworks in the Southeast in Major League Soccer.

Two Western Conference teams earned crucial home wins to leap above the red line and one of the league's best rookies provided some late drama to earn a rare road win for his team.

The Best of MLS Week 25: Sebastian Giovinco, Darlington Nagbe and more

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Toronto's big star continued to awe as he ran rampant in two matches, while an Eastern Conference side has full control of their playoff hopes after another impressive showing.

Elsewhere, this year's No. 1 draft pick propelled his side to their first away victory thanks to an exquisite performance.

Minnesota United

SBI Spotlight: Minnesota homecoming provides much-needed change for Eric Miller

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Eric Miller has been through the adjustments that come with being traded as well as the highs and lows that come with MLS life. Just this year, he'd gone from defensive centerpiece to out of favor with the Colorado Rapids, the latest bump in the road for a player that's experienced several whirlwinds throughout his career.

Report: Minnesota United acquires Eric Miller from Rapids for Sam Nicholson

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According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Minnesota native defender Eric Miller and $50,000 of General Allocation Money are headed to Minnesota United from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for winger Sam Nicholson.

The deal was reportedly finalized before the close of the primary transfer window on Monday.

Ethan Finlay out for season with ACL tear

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Minnesota United will be without a key attacker for the rest of the season.

The club announced on Tuesday that Ethan Finlay has suffered a torn ACL of his right knee during this past weekend's loss to the Seattle Sounders. Finlay will undergo surgery in the coming days. He is expected to miss the rest of the season.

Darwin Quintero makes strong first impression in Loons debut

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Minnesota United will be left frustrated by Saturday's performance in Portland, but the Loons can take solace in their new star's debut effort.

Making his first appearance with the club, newly signed Designated Player Darwin Quintero fired his first MLS goal while creating another in the Loons' 3-2 loss to the Timbers on Saturday night.

MLS Ticker: Atlanta's Martinez injured in training, Galaxy's Kamara signs new deal, and more

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One of the league's best forwards picked up an injury in training on Wednesday.

Josef Martinez reportedly left practice early with an apparent injury. Little is known about the issue, but Martinez's absence would pose a big problem for the second-year side. Martinez has scored five goals in as many games this season after scoring 19 in his debut 2017 campaign.

Minnesota United acquires Peru international Alexi Gomez on loan

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Minnesota United had added a versatile midfielder from Peru to bolster their ranks.

The Loons have signed Alexi Gomez on loan for the 2018 season with an option to buy at the end of the year.

"We are delighted to bring a player of Alexi's quality to the club," said Minnesota United head coach Adrian Heath.

Minnesota United announces signing of DP Darwin Quintero

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A talented attacker is heading to Minnesota.

Minnesota United confirmed the signing of Darwin Quintero on Saturday, making him the club's first Designated Player. The Colombian forward had a successful career in Liga MX, scoring 50 goals for Santos Laguna and another 17 for Club America.

"Bringing a player with Darwin's quality and pedigree is another step in the right direction for this club," said MNUFC Head Coach Adrian Heath.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

SBI Spotlight: Ethan Finlay looking to rediscover form with Minnesota United homecoming

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There's something special about going home, especially in professional sports. So often, athletes travel far and wide to find their professional home, a city and club where they feel truly at peace both on and off the field.

Ethan Finlay found that throughout his six seasons in Columbus, growing from first round MLS Draft Pick to MLS All-Star.

Sounders dominate in victory over Minnesota United

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The Seattle Sounders handed a hefty defeat to Minnesota United on their home turf, beating them, 4-0, on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.

The reigning MLS Cup champions got their start early, with Will Bruin scoring after nine minutes. The forward received the ball from Clint Dempsey, and from close range cleanly scored past goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth.

MLS Ticker: D.C. linked with Gary Medel, David Accam linked with Hannover and more

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D.C. United seems to be ready to make a splash in the transfer market with a defensive enforcer.

A few days after being linked with Nigel de Jong, the Washington Postlinked the Black and Red with midfielder Gary Medel.

The Chilean center back is under contract with Inter Milan until the end of 2018 and he would presumably have to be bought with a transfer fee, and D.

Minnesota United thrash fellow bottom-feeders D.C. United

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After not scoring in more than three games, the floodgates opened for Minnesota United on Saturday night.

In the battle of the bottom feeders, the Loons convincingly got the better of D.C. United with a 4-0 win at TCF Bank Stadium.The Loons were in a tough stretch coming into the game with a 351-minute scoreless drought, but it took the team just eight minutes to snap the scoreless streak.

The Rest

Alessandrini's big night for Galaxy proves too much for Minnesota

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Romain Alessandrini's two goals and assist helped the LA Galaxy win their third home match of the season over Minnesota United FC.

The Galaxy newcomer remained dangerous all game long, contributing on each of the goals in the 3-0 victory.

In a year that has been well below the Galaxy standard of recent years, their have been few bright spots as promising as Alessandrini's debut season.