24 years was a great run. Saddened not to continue with United into MLS in 2017.
I wish the team well.
Thank you fans, players and team.
— Chris Lidholm (@chrislidholm) January 10, 2017
According to Lidholm’s tweet on Tuesday, he will not be returning for another year announcing for Minnesota United FC. His voice has been synonymous with Minnesota soccer for so long, it’ll be strange watching a United broadcast next year and not hear his “Raaa-mi-reeez!”
Good luck where ever you end up, Chris, and hopefully you can stay involved with soccer here in Minnesota. Minnesota soccer owes a deep debt of gratitude to you for everything you have done for the game here.
Big news out of the US Soccer Development Academy today as they will now separate the U-15s from the U-16s. https://t.co/4wNWfebD7Q
— Brian Quarstad (@IMSoccerNews) January 10, 2017
Evidently splitting the U-13s from U-14s was so successful they are moving that up. So the budget will pretty much double for every club and the players as well. Twice as many kids traveling, lodging, twice as many coaches, field time, dome time….
Reporting by Brian Quarstad
— Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) January 10, 2017
You can watch his intro video from the team above. My favorite part is when Deminov says, “I always give 100 percent and I always get tons of bruises after practices and games.” Sounds like another Greg Jordan, just an all out scrapper in the middle of the pitch.
Salivate over Minnesotan Mukwelle Akale’s stoppage time goal for Villarreal C. Then go back and read our feature on him.
? ???Mukwelle Akale getting off to an electric start in 2017 with a fantastic match-winning goal in stoppage time for Villarreal C ?? pic.twitter.com/MqRoUqjHvH
— Nats Abroad (@NatsAbroad) January 10, 2017