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News in Brief: Loons Jet Off to Arizona for Preseason, NASL Announces Season Format, and More

by on 23 January 2017

Preseason starts today

Reset your countdown clocks. Minnesota United confirmed its preseason schedule and the first match is next week.

The team will kick off their preseason training in Casa Grande, Ariz. While there, they’ll face off against the New England Revolution and Croatian club Nogometni Klub Istra 1961. After that, the Loons will participate in the Portland Timbers’ invitational tournament and then head to Orlando, Fla.

As they travel around the country to come together as a team and focus on the fundamentals, may we suggest the following to help them remember their roots?

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Another signing is imminent. Brent Kallman is expected to officially join the roster soon. The Woodbury native will be the first Minnesotan and the fifth former Loon to be added to the MLS roster.

Meanwhile, Francisco Calvo is scoring goals and taking names. The United center back scored one for Costa Rica in their Copa Centroamericana matchup against Honduras on Friday.

NASL 2017 format

The 2017 NASL competition format has been announced. Eight teams will play a 16-game Spring Season followed by a 16-game Fall Season. Champions from each season will earn the right to host a semi-final game in the end-of-year tournament. Half of the league’s teams will participate in the four-club tournament, which starts the weekend of Nov. 4. NASL play kicks off Saturday, March 25.

Wearables

We might not know what the lads will be wearing on the pitch, but we have a glimpse what they’ll be wearing while traveling:

If you’re looking to add to your closet, you might want to check out this sharp gear spotted at Target:

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  • MmattN

    1. Holy moly, preseason already. I love it.
    2. Happy to see the good turn out for the PDX trip, I expect road support right now is merely a tiny snowball rolling down a hill. KC and Chicago’s numbers will be off the charts.