News in Brief: Announcer Chris Lidholm Not Returning, U-16 Rule Change on the Horizon, and More

by on 11 January 2017

Longtime Minnesota soccer announcer Chris Lidholm is not returning for 2017

According to Lidholm’s tweet on Tuesday, he will not be returning for another year announcing for Minnesota United FC. His voice has been synonymous with Minnesota soccer for so long, it’ll be strange watching a United broadcast next year and not hear his “Raaa-mi-reeez!”

Good luck where ever you end up, Chris, and hopefully you can stay involved with soccer here in Minnesota. Minnesota soccer owes a deep debt of gratitude to you for everything you have done for the game here.

Thank you.

US Soccer splitting U-16 into U-15 and U-16 teams

Evidently splitting the U-13s from U-14s was so successful they are moving that up. So the budget will pretty much double for every club and the players as well. Twice as many kids traveling, lodging, twice as many coaches, field time, dome time….

Reporting by Brian Quarstad

Minnesota United announce Russian-Norwegian Vadim Demidov

You can watch his intro video from the team above. My favorite part is when Deminov says, “I always give 100 percent and I always get tons of bruises after practices and games.” Sounds like another Greg Jordan, just an all out scrapper in the middle of the pitch.

News Bits


Salivate over Minnesotan Mukwelle Akale’s stoppage time goal for Villarreal C. Then go back and read our feature on him.


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  • Tres Gatos

    I am a bit disappointed that Lidholm and Nordo were not retained.

  • nomadic loon

    Nord was great on the sideline with some of the best input during the games. He also knew when not to add comment — Mr Watson may not match. A Loons mistake not to keep Eric.
    Chris on the other hand, had to go… by NASL standards he was below average at play-by-play. Nice guy, but…..
    I do hope the Loons are taking a look at Cole Pepper — hands down the best in NASL… he could broadcast the phone book. I hope they don’t go for a name or a look… play-by-play should describe what’s happening on the field so even people who can’t see or are tuning in to a simulcast radio broadcast (as many MLS clubs do) know what’s happening. Don’t underestimate the ability of a good play-by-play caller to capture new fans of this team.
    Alan’s color commentary was good also (above average compared to the NASL) so I hope the Loons keep him and he might make a good half time analyst. I am looking forward to see what Ms St.Aubin can add to the yet-to-be-named play-by-player.