All Things MN United Season Thread

I bought tickets to this game months ago, didn't occur to me that the timing would be during the international tournaments. This is unacceptable for MLS to do this. It makes our league look worse than it is because we play during these breaks with second team players.
Financially, you can't really shut down MLS for that many weeks, but some items you could do:
  • During those weeks, instead of regular season games have a MLS vs Liga tournament.
  • If that doesn't work, then at least help teams that are missing a lot of international players (say four or more) by (a) allowing for unlimited transfers from their tier 2 team to the MLS team and/or (b) letting those teams sign players to short-term contracts vs waiting until the transfer window finally opens and/or (c) if a player has to sit out for a game due to cards, let the team postpone that "sit out" until a later date when they get back to a full roster.
 

like it or not, MLS is a minor league in the world soccer scene. so the big international tournaments are not going to take the MLS schedule into consideration.

one suggestion I've heard is that the MLS could adopt a European-style schedule - but that would mean playing through the Winter. that poses obvious issues for teams in the northern states or teams that don't have a domed facility.

another option would be to start the MLS season 2 weeks earlier and run it 2 weeks later - then just shut down the league for a month to accommodate the international schedule.
 

Loons fall to Vancouver 3-1 on Wednesday.

1st time as an MLS club that MN United has lost 5 games in a row. in the last 9 games, the Loons have 1 win and 5 points. currently 9th in the standings, 2 pts ahead of Austin.

among the miscues - a bad pass by Boxall led to a Vancouver goal about 3 minutes into the match. and Rosales had a penalty kick but misfired and it was a relatively easy save.

Canada plays Venezuela in Copa America on Friday. If Canada loses, the Loons could have Dayne St. Clair and Tani Oluwaseyi back in time for Sunday's match vs the LA Galaxy. Teemu Pukki could also potentially return from injury by Sunday.
 

losing streak grows to 6 as the Loons fall to LA Galaxy 2-1. Teemu Pukki returns from injury and scores a goal to tie the match at 1-1, but Galaxy gets a late goal for the victory.

stats were more encouraging. possession went to LA 61% to 39%. Loons had more shot attempts, shots on goal and corner kicks. fouls were 13 on Loons and 4 on LA. 2 Yellow Cards on LA and 1 on the Loons.

Loons off until next Saturday night at Houston Dynamo.

Canada plays in Copa America Semi-finals on Tuesday. The 3rd-place match is next Saturday and Championship match next Sunday. so either way, St. Clair and Tani will not be back until at least Wednesday, July 17 when the Loons host DC United.

as of now, Loons are in 10th place in West and out of playoffs. But only 1 point behind 8th and 9th place, 2 pts out of 7th and 3 pts out of 6th place. 12 matches left in MLS regular season. (and then at least 2 Leagues Cup matches......)
 

Greg Berhalter gets the boot as USMNT Coach. from Yahoo Sports:

U.S. Soccer fired men's national team coach Gregg Berhalter on Wednesday, one week after the USMNT crashed out of the 2024 Copa América with just three group-stage points.

Berhalter departs after five years on the job, over two separate stints, the first of which was reasonably successful. But throughout the first 10 months of his second stint, it became clear that the USMNT had stagnated.

As the team trudged toward an earlier-than-expected Copa América exit, fans chanted: "Fire Gregg!" At least two official U.S. supporters' groups, the American Outlaws and Barra 76, soon called for Berhalter's ouster.

After a post-tournament review that U.S. Soccer said would be "comprehensive," the federation relieved Berhalter of his duties.

Sporting director Matt Crocker said Wednesday that the review considered not only the Copa América but the entirety of the past year. It was "not broad at all — specifically quite narrow," he said, and the conclusion was clear; "benchmarks" hadn't been met.
 


Greg Berhalter gets the boot as USMNT Coach. from Yahoo Sports:

U.S. Soccer fired men's national team coach Gregg Berhalter on Wednesday, one week after the USMNT crashed out of the 2024 Copa América with just three group-stage points.

Berhalter departs after five years on the job, over two separate stints, the first of which was reasonably successful. But throughout the first 10 months of his second stint, it became clear that the USMNT had stagnated.

As the team trudged toward an earlier-than-expected Copa América exit, fans chanted: "Fire Gregg!" At least two official U.S. supporters' groups, the American Outlaws and Barra 76, soon called for Berhalter's ouster.

After a post-tournament review that U.S. Soccer said would be "comprehensive," the federation relieved Berhalter of his duties.

Sporting director Matt Crocker said Wednesday that the review considered not only the Copa América but the entirety of the past year. It was "not broad at all — specifically quite narrow," he said, and the conclusion was clear; "benchmarks" hadn't been met.
Would love to see a swing for the fences on the new manager search. Will be another generation before we host another world cup so this is critical to take advantage of the extra attention on the sport domestically in the next two years.
 

Would love to see a swing for the fences on the new manager search. Will be another generation before we host another world cup so this is critical to take advantage of the extra attention on the sport domestically in the next two years.
I want Mourinho for the interviews alone even if he doesn't speak English. 🙂
 

some Loons news courtesy of Andy Greder at the Pioneer Press.

Dayne St. Clair and Tani Olywaseyi took part in training on Tuesday; should return to lineup for Wednesday's match with DC United.

Greder also says Loons are "looking to sign" 24-year old striker Kelvin Yeboah from Genoa in Italy's Serie A. Greder says this could be one of the biggest moves of the summer transfer window. looks like Yeboah has also logged some time with a team in Bundesliga. Loons were also reportedly interested in 22-year old Panamanian center back Eduardo Farina, but are unlikely to sign him.
 

Let’s try to get some points and back into playoff position before the leagues cup break.
 



Oh bleep. Loons lose to DC United 3-2.
DC led 1-0 after 14 minutes.
Loons get goals from Tani at the 32-minute mark, and a goal from Pukki at the 80-minute mark to go up 2-1.
and then - DC gets a goal at the 90-minute mark, and another at the 91-minute mark to take the victory.

Possession DC 54%, Loons 46%
Shots on Goal DC 4, Loons 3
Fouls DC 13, Loons 20
Corner Kicks DC 5, Loons 6
both teams with one Yellow card - but Boxall will have to sit out the next match due to Yellow accumulations.
 




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