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News in Brief: Minnesota United FC, MLS Goalkeepers, and More

by on 2 April 2018

Minnesota United: past, present, and future

Minnesota United lost to Atlanta United on Saturday in frigid weather. The cold temperature dropped as the game progressed, visibly affecting the visitors while the home team refused to adapt to its conditions. William Stenross at MLSsoccer.com brings us the story of how each team was and was not impacted by the blustery conditions.

Moving forward, after some visa issues are sorted, Minnesota United will have the talents of new Designated Player Darwin Quintero. Paul Tenorio reveals how Minnesota United went about signing the Colombian and what MNUFC does to sign a targeted player.

As Allianz Field is erected, it casts an ever-growing shadow over Midway. Wes Burdine sat down with Dr. Bill McGuire to talk about what the stadium will look like and include. In addition to a “brew hall,” plans include an outdoor green space that can be utilized on non-matchdays with a wide variety of events.

In depth look in goal

American Soccer Analysis published a tableau of 2017 goalkeepers, including a variety of data. The information ranges from the basic (league average save percentage) to the more in-depth, showing where specific goalkeepers find success and struggle at stopping shots. Also included is a visualization of each goalkeeper’s success.

D.C. not united

In a situation no one wants to see, Pablo Maurer at the Washington City Paper tells the tale of D.C. United’s supporters groups. A rift has formed in the supporters groups centering on ticket sales at the new Audi Arena. The Screaming Eagles and La Barra Brava are at odds, with D.C. United seemingly playing a role in the divide.

Moment of awesome

All Hail Zlatan for his spectacular debut and flawless postgame conference.

Matthew Doyle ruminates on the awesome as well in his armchair analyst series

MLS weekend roundup

Montreal capitalize on Sounders red card, win 1-0

Colorado down Philadelphia 3-0 behind a Badji hat trick

Sporting KC score early, win 1-0 over D.C. United

New England win 2-0 over Houston Dynamo

San Jose score early, concede later to lose 2-1 to New York City FC

Atlanta luck into an own-goal, roll to a 1-0 win over Minnesota United FC

Chicago scores late, rescues 2-2 draw with Portland Timbers

LA Galaxy Zlatan LAFC and win 4-3

Vancouver comes back against Columbus to win 2-1

Orlando debuts Dwyer, stiff-arms New York Red Bulls to win 4-3

Toronto cruises to 3-1 win over Real Salt Lake


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  • Paul David Smith

    Sorry I missed this post when it went up, but damn if there wasn’t a ton of great reads even 10 days later. Thanks for the depth here. Nice work.