News in Brief: Hello Thompson, Good-bye Speas, Broadcast Team Is Official, and More

by on 18 January 2017

Who’s in with MNUFC?

The SuperDraft concluded yesterday with rounds three and four. Having traded its third-round pick to Colorado in December for Joseph Greenspan, Minnesota United had just one draft pick left. The club used it to nab Big Ten Midfielder of the Year Tanner Thompson. If the name sounds a little familiar, it’s probably because he’s the big brother of San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Tommy Thompson.

Who’s out with MNUFC?

With plenty of room left on the Loons’ roster, announcements on who won’t be filling them sometimes seem to come faster than who will. In today’s installment, we say good-bye to Ben Speas.

We also let go of dreams we had of picking up Steve Clark. Many fans were eyeing Clark as a possible keeper for the Loons, but he’s heading to Denmark.

Broadcast team is official

What was widely reported earlier is finally official: the MNUFC broadcast team for the 2017 season will be Callum Williams (play-by-play), Kyndra de St. Aubin (color), and former Loon Jamie Watson (sideline). Williams and de St. Aubin have extensive experience in their roles and Watson has shown a natural talent in front of the camera and is a familiar voice to KFAN listeners. He had some thoughts to share about the transition from player to reporter.

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  • Dean Campbell

    Tanner and Tommy’s father is former Stillwater High School football standout Gregg Thompson, a co-captain on Indiana University’s first NCAA champion soccer team in 1982. Gregg Thompson scored both goals in a 2-1 championship win over Duke that lasted eight overtimes before embarking on a professional career that included the 1983 NASL Rookie of the Year award with the Tampa Bay Rowdies and four seasons with the MISL’s Minnesota Strikers. He collected 12 caps with the U.S. national team and also represented the U.S. at the 1984 Summer Olympics, scoring a goal against Egypt.

  • Benjamin MacKenzie

    Is there anything else to offer Orlando? Or has the Molino ship officially sailed?

  • MmattN

    Bit bummed bout Speas, before his injury early in the season I thought he was a sure keep on the move up to MLS.

    • Bill Stenross

      Unless Speas is looking to start, really thought he would be a great squad player in MLS. Smart, hard working, knows what it takes to be a professional player.

  • nomadic loon

    Perhaps MNU wants to lure some EPL watchers with Callum… Unfortunately he’s not a play-by-play caller… which you even need for TV. TV play-by-play describes the action in football, baseball, hockey, basketball and should also do so for soccer. Not every new fan the Loons are trying to reach out to knows who is who on the pitch. And not every channel flipper will have a reason to stop and stay on a Loons broadcast with Callum. Listen carefully to the sampling of Callum Williams. An average talker, but there’s not much play-by-play. Again, perhaps the EPL watcher will become a fan. Far from Toby Charles.
    I am looking forward to seeing what Ms St.Aubin can add; and hope Callum can focus on the play call and allow her to do the color commentary.
    Nordo 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 what Nordo offered, but with a bit of training, he may turn out pretty good. Nevertheless, a Loons mistake not to keep Eric.
    Alan Wiley’s color commentary was good so I hope the Loons keep him as he might make a good half time analyst (with Nordo).