Andy Greder / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL—Minnesota United has yet to cash in on a loan. The club's ownership group has financed what has become a $340 million investment in the team's move to Major League Soccer, with big-ticket items in $200 million for the future Allianz Field and a $100 million expansion fee to join MLS last season.
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota United could see a complete overhaul of its four-man back line for Saturday's game against New York Red Bulls. With center back pairing Michael Boxall and Francisco Calvo away fulfilling national team duties, Jerome Thiesson joined fellow outside back Tyrone Mears on the injured list Thursday. The foursome have started all three games this season and played nearly every minute for the Loons (2-1).
MINNEAPOLIS — During P.J. Fleck's news conference to kickoff spring practices on March 6, four questions were asked before an inquiry about the Gophers' current stable of quarterbacks, and the head football coach was surprised by the delay. On Tuesday, after the third spring practice, Fleck steered the first question about how the team looked in its return after a week-long spring break to the pivotal position. "We're growing, getting better," Fleck said. "... I think you go as well as the quarterback goes."
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.