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News in Brief: The Dream Is Reality for MNUFC, New Rules in Soccer, and More

by on 6 March 2017

MNUFC in MLS, the dream is reality

Minnesota United FC has its first MLS game in the books. For many, this is something they have dreamed about for years. While most fans joined the Dark Clouds, Wolf’s Head, True North Elite at watch parties or held intimate watch parties of their own in their living rooms, a substantial group of around 150 filled the visitors section in Portland and charmed the locals.

The Loons return home with a lot of memories of the historic night, but no points. The 5-1 drubbing by the Timbers is difficult to accept, but it’s the second time Minnesota has come home from Portland with that particular scoreline.

There are better outcomes in the future, but there is only one first MLS club goal. Fan-favorite Christian Ramirez has that honor — a dream come true for him.

If you’re already thinking ahead, Joe Bissen has 10 things you can watch for in this season’s home matches. And the Dark Clouds are already well on their way to bringing new fans up to speed with their academy. If you missed it, they’re hosting another one March 9.

New rules in soccer

The International Football Association Board met to discuss matters such as changing the penalty shootout pattern (to an A-B-B-A, serpentine order), using video replays, and discipline for stopping a promising attack.

Meanwhile, U.S. Soccer was focused on matters important to it, resulting in a change of bylaws.

Wide world of soccer

Today in awesome

The U-20 USMNT brought home the first U-20 CONCACAF championship for the U.S. On the way to that victory came this goal by Eryk Williamson:


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  • Benjamin MacKenzie

    Surprised USSF decided to explicitly ban kneeling/sitting during the anthem. I wonder who (if anyone) will challenge it and what the outcome will be.

    • Etch

      I have represented the USA in the Navy and on the field as a coach. I believe these type of actions to be disrespectful and deplorable. If someone that is representing our country kneels ,sits, or protests they should be held accountable.. It would be like a sailor, soldier, marine, or an airman did the same. A court-martial would be in the works.

      • Steve Lilly

        So not the Land of the Free then?
        “No refuge could save the hireling and slave
        From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave”

        • Etch

          To put it in soccer terms when you don’t obey the rules you get a card. A player is free to foul another but suffers the consequences. A boss can fire someone for dising his buisnes etc. Rules are part of life.

  • MmattN

    That was great read from the Portland Tribune, it makes me so happy to see our fans representing our club and State so well on the road. May we be known as the Happy Warriors of MLS.

  • Dave DuJour

    At least we didn’t have 3 players ejected from the game this time? And I doubt that our owner will vanish into thin air owing money to a bunch of people at the end of this season. That 2009 Thunder season was a definite low point.