News in Brief: Hot Boy Nets One, They’ll Never Beat Van Oekel, and More

by on 28 March 2017

International Loons

Four players from Minnesota United FC were called up to their international teams for World Cup Qualifying matches: Rasmus Schüller for Finland, Kevin Molino for Trinidad and Tobago, and Francisco Calvo and Johan Venegas for Costa Rica. Schüller was on the bench for the entirety of Finland’s 2-0 loss to Turkey. Calvo played all 90 minutes, while Venegas was subbed off in the 80th minute in Costa Rica’s 2-0 loss to Mexico. Molino fared the best of the Loons on international duty, scoring the only goal in a 1-0 victory for Trinidad & Tobago against Panama.

Finland, Trinidad & Tobago, and Costa Rica will each play another game on Tuesday. Finland will play a friendly against Austria. Meanwhile, the CONCACAF sides will continue with World Cup Qualifying. Trinidad and Tobago will play Mexico, while Costa Rica will play Honduras. Johan Venegas has returned to Minnesota due to personal reasons.

Analysts try to make sense of Minnesota United

The Loons’ first few games have been far from promising, with the most recent blemish being a 5-2 loss away at New England Revolution. Herculez Gomez and Sebastian Salazar of ESPN FC offered their thoughts on how to fix Minnesota United. Over at, Matt Doyle believes that Minnesota’s problems start with scouting.

Van Oekel pitches a shutout

Matt Van Oekel made his MLS debut for Real Salt Lake in a 0-0 draw against the New York Red Bulls. Van Oekel made three saves in the game and shut out one of the most consistent strikers in MLS, Bradley Wright-Phillips. With his performance, Van Oekel earned MLS Team of the Week honors.

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