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MINNEAPOLIS—With his efforts in Minnesota's 2-1 home-opening victory over Chicago on Saturday, March 17, Miguel Ibarra has earned another opportunity to replace injured midfielder Kevin Molino, coach Adrian Heath said. "If it would have been a grass pitch, he would have covered every blade of it," Heath said. "He was terrific. His energy was good, and I thought his combination play at times was good."
MINNEAPOLIS—Minnesota United used another strong second half to grab its second win in a row, besting the Chicago Fire 2-1 in the home opener at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, March 17. The win moved Minnesota to 2-1-0 on the MLS season, while Chicago dropped to 0-2. The first goal of the game came in the 55th minute when Ibson scored the first home goal of the year for Minnesota. Miguel Ibarra sent a ball into the middle of the box that Ibson got his head on and directed toward the goal.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath and sporting director Manny Lagos will travel to Latin America on Wednesday, March 14, to scout an attacking player that could help fill the void left by Kevin Molino's season-ending knee injury. MLSsoccer.com reported that player is Colombian Darwin Quintero and that the Loons leaders will watch the CONCACAF Champions League game between Quintero's Mexican side, America, against Tauro FC in Panama.
ST. PAUL — After allowing a record-worst 70 goals in 34 games last season, Minnesota United developed a new mantra for their second MLS season: "Don't beat yourselves." Yet it's exactly what the Loons did in a season-opening 3-2 defeat to San Jose on Saturday. What further bothered coaches was how one self-inflicted error was quickly compounded with a second as the Earthquakes scored in the 27th and 28th minutes.
MINNEAPOLIS—The Gophers begin spring football Tuesday with a long list of areas for coach P.J. Fleck to address after a 5-7 debut season at Minnesota. A year ago, Fleck installed his fast-paced practice format during spring ball and had to be creative with an offensive line that, at times, had only four healthy players.
MINNEAPOLIS—Minnesota United will begin its second MLS season Saturday, March 3, with a vastly different starting lineup than one they fielded for their debut game in the league last March. Only three of the 11 starters from the nationally televised blowout loss to Portland are expected to be in the same roles when the Loons face the Earthquakes in San Jose, Calif. Only five of the 12 players in that first game are even on the current roster.
ST. PAUL — When coach Jessica Allister left the Gophers softball team in July, Minnesota athletics director Mark Coyle consulted a prepared list of potential replacements and sought input from baseball coach John Anderson. Anderson, who has been at the U since 1981, told his boss to find someone who knows how to coach indoors. Well, Jamie Trachsel doesn't know any different.
MINNEAPOLIS — Although the Gophers signed their entire 2018 recruiting class in December and were quiet on the traditional national signing day Wednesday, Feb. 7, P.J. Fleck still maintained a packed schedule. Minnesota's football coach finished an early afternoon meeting with general manager Gerrit Chernoff and ate a couple bites of tacos as he talked with the Pioneer Press for 25 minutes in his new corner office at the Larson Football Performance Center. Then he had another phone interview at the bottom of the hour.
ST PAUL—The Gophers are not the first college basketball program to deal with absent players, so coach Richard Pitino said he isn't calling on colleagues to provide advice or comfort during Minnesota's rough past month. "We've all had seasons where we've had things out of our control," Pitino said. "There is such a fine line between a good season and a mediocre season, and a lot of it has to do with being healthy" and eligible to play.
ST PAUL—Stefon Diggs savored a few morsels of solace Thursday, Feb. 1. The Vikings wide receiver received the loudest cheers when introduced as a participant in the Land O' Lakes Farm Bowl at 3M Arena at Mariucci. Then he and California dairy farmer J.J. Nunes beat five other pairs in a series of farm-like activities to bring awareness to where food really comes from.