News in Brief: Loons Continue to Draw and Deal, Supporters Summit, Fashion Week, and More

by on 16 February 2017

Even Steven

Minnesota United remains undefeated in preseason. The team also remains winless. For more, read our recap of the 3-3 draw with Real Salt Lake Wednesday night.

This year’s showing in the Portland tournament is much improved over last year: three draws compared to being outscored 11:1 in three losses. The Loons will wrap up their preseason in Orlando, where they will draw Toronto FC on Feb. 22 and San Antonio FC on Feb. 26.

Penning more deals

Off the pitch, United was busy Wednesday with more signings and trades. After lots of rumors and a premature addition to the gameday roster, midfielder Josh Gatt (rhymes with cat) finally became official.

Also headed to Minnesota is keeper Bobby Shuttleworth from the New England Revolution. He comes by way of a trade for forward Femi Hollinger-Janzen, whom the Loons picked up in the December Expansion Draft.

United is now fourth in the Allocation Ranking Order after trading its top spot to the Vancouver Whitecaps. The Caps needed the spot to nab Fredy Montero, so handed Minnesota $100,000 General Allocation Money in 2018 and $125,000 Targeted Allocation Money in 2018. If you’re wondering when MLS clubs can trade future Allocation Money, we’ve got answers.

Dark Clouds Supporters Summit

Mark your calendars for the annual Dark Clouds Supporters Summit. All are welcome.

Fashion week

No, not the star-studded week of runway events in New York, we’re talking new kits! Of course there is the much-anticipated (and hugely leaked) unveiling of the United look on Friday, but other teams are showing off, too. Notably, the United States came through with a Valentine’s Day surprise.

Unattached writers

There is some interesting writing coming out of Unattached FC. Former Loon Jeb Brovsky has a piece in Howler on MLS player investment and how it affects retaining domestic soccer talent. And Bob Bradley writes about being an American Coach in the Players’ Tribune.

News bits

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