News in Brief: Minnesota United Kits, Jake Swallen signs with Wake Forest, and More

by on 12 February 2018

Minnesota United FC news

Matthew Doyle took a look at Minnesota United FC’s 2017 season, including the dismal start and subsequent improvement. Ultimately, the Loons don’t need a designated player to succeed in attack, Doyle says, but the team does need to sort itself out at the back end.

In the meantime, Minnesota United FC also made official the new primary kit for the 2018 season.

Jake Swallen signs letter of intent to play for Wake Forest

Mounds View midfielder Jake Swallen, son of former Minnesota Thunder goalkeeper John Swallen has signed a letter of intent to play for Division 1 Wake Forest next fall.

Jake Swallen has played for Minnesota Thunder Academy and is one of the states top prospects this year.

His father John spent 12 years playing for the Thunder and was named to the teams Hall of Fame in 2002. Swallen was named the USL First Division A-League MVP and goalkeeper of the year in 1999 after the Thunder won the national championship with the senior Swallen between the pipes.

Emma Bangert, Clare Schooley, Elle Conlin, and Sara Wendt also of Mounds View, will also be playing college soccer next season. Bangert will play for the University of North Dakota, Schooley for the University of Northern Iowa, Conlin for Boston University, and Wendt for Bemidji State.

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  • Alex Schieferdecker

    I’m about 80% sure that I like the kit. I’m not normally a fan of vertical stripes. But what I like about the Loons kit is that the stripes are subtle enough to be interesting close-up, but mainly just texture from far away. I would’ve liked to see the greys about 10-15% darker, but I can live with it. I’m glad we’re playing in grey, because it really is quite unique, very few teams around the world play in grey.

    • Troy Kadlec

      I would rather see the target logo in red. I have this fantasy of a loon head on the jersey with the Target logo as its eye.