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News in Brief: MNUFC Starts Talking, Adrian Heath Announcement, Stadium News, Cosmos Are Toast?

by on 5 December 2016

Heath welcomed to Minnesota

The locals are taking a shine to new United head coach Adrian Heath. Phrases like winning personality and entertaining pepper the profiles written in the wake of the announcement of his appointment. With a reputation of being well-liked by fans, he’s already making in-roads with United supporters:

As Andy Greder of the Pioneer Press says, United has its coach, now it’s time to build a roster…

United announces first two MLS player signings

Though FiftyFive.One reported it nearly a month earlier, Kevin Venegas and Justin Davis were officially announced as the first MLS signings for the Loons.

With the Expansion Draft, SuperDraft, and Re-Entry Draft on the horizon, more names will be added to the roster soon. In the meantime, is Sammy Ndjock’s “to be continued…” tag on his highlight reel a hint? And how’re the contract negotiations coming along, Christian?

Loons over Portland

As if a new coach and two player signings weren’t enough, United kept talking — risking injury to their public relations staff who leapt in without warm up — and announced that they had somehow been invited back to Portland’s preseason tournament.

Stadium news

If you head over to midway to the site of the future Cloud City, you won’t see much. Things have been largely unchanged for some time, but a ground breakin’ is a comin’…

The Vikings don’t want us to forget that they called dibs on MLS soccer at US Bank Stadium and have threatened a lawsuit over the possibility that United would hold an exhibition game (maybe more) at the Sandcrawler. In response, the team posted the following (sub)tweet:

New York returning to stardust

The fate of the Cosmos is all but officially sealed with reports that they have ceased operations. The final spark of hope for Cosmos fans is that there have been negotiations with a New York group interested in purchasing the team. Despite being a world brand, the Cosmos were…extremely unprofitable.

NWSL2NC

In addition to a name change and rebrand for the RailHawks, North Carolina might also land a professional women’s team.

Gophers’ Kolander receives post-season honor

Senior Simone Kolander was named a First Team Senior CLASS Award All-American. The award honors NCAA DI seniors with achievements in classroom, community, character, and competition.

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  • Bill Stenross

    It makes sense that if NASL is collapsing, the Cosmos would too. $30 million is a lot to lose.