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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—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—Immediately before the NFL's shield logo fills your TV screen and Super Bowl LII kicks off at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 4, a Minnesota-based bank and ad agency will air a 30-second commercial in front of an anticipated crowd of more than 100 million viewers nationwide.
Christian Ramirez feels as though he's coming out ahead, regardless of whether he plays in the U.S. men's national team's friendly match against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Carson, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 27. In his first invitation to train with the top U.S. team, the Minnesota United striker has been attentive to the habits and behaviors of his 29 teammates since camp started Wednesday, Jan. 10, near Los Angeles.
MINNEAPOLIS—For weeks, the Gophers men's basketball team has dealt with the justice of Murphy's Law. No, not forward Jordan Murphy. The axiom that if anything can go wrong, it will. It started with the bombshell of center Reggie Lynch being suspended indefinitely for sexual misconduct investigations, and it quickly coincided with the five-game absence of guard Amir Coffey with a shoulder injury.
MINNEAPOLIS — Diehard Vikings fan Josh Roueche fled to Mexico to cope with the Vikings' crushing loss in the 1998 NFC Championship Game. Back from that vacation and now settled down with kids in Elk River, the real estate agent was slumped on the couch at end of the Vikings' NFC divisional playoff game Sunday. He was distraught over how his favorite football team gave up a 17-0 halftime lead and was on the verge of letting him down again. "I kind of have to protect my heart with how things have transpired over the years," said Roueche, 42.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings' defense might still be taking heat for blowing a 17-0 halftime lead if not for Stefon Diggs' miraculous, game-winning touchdown in Sunday's NFC divisional playoff game against the New Orleans Saints. Diggs' 61-yard reception from Case Keenum marked the first time an NFL playoff game had ended on a touchdown in regulation and propelled the Vikings into Sunday's NFC championship game Sunday at Philadelphia.