News in Brief: Loons Lose, MLS Becomes English, and More…

by on 14 May 2018

Minnesota United FC toppled by Earthquakes

Minnesota United handed the second win of the season to the San Jose Earthquakes. Two PKs, given away by Jérôme Thiesson and Francisco Calvo, combined with a tap-in from Danny Hoesen, gave the visitors their first away win of the season, and second win over the Loons. After the match, head coach Adrian Heath and captain Calvo defended the Loons’ play, pointing out positives and identifying “individual mistakes.”

Also of note for Loons faithful: Alex Schieferdecker has noticed how lucky Loons fans are to have a bevy of options to read about their team. That source of information has grown, as Jeff Rueter has announced he will now be writing for The Athletic full-time. Congratulations, Jeff!

MLS wages increasingly mirror Premier League in dispersion

Stefan Szymanski at Soccernomics writes about how MLS’ wage structure is becoming more similar to the Premier League and other European leagues. MLS’ wages are becoming more varied than in the past, with the disparity between the highest and lowest earners growing. Furthermore, teams that spend more are tending to find more success in MLS, something which is also similar to European leagues. Whether that is a good thing or not is not discussed.

News bits

Matt Hughes at The Times profiles Arséne Wenger’s habits and idiosyncrasies.

Sam Nicholson earned Man of the Match in his first home match for the Rapids.

MLS weekend roundup

Atlanta downed Orlando City 2-1 with goals from Barco and Martinez

Portland defeated Seattle 1-0 on an 86th-minute goal from Sebastian Blanco

Real Salt Lake scored three straight to beat D.C. United 3-2

Colorado fell 1-2 to New York Red Bulls

Two early goals from Cristian Penilla give New England a 3-2 win over Toronto

Gyasi Zardes starred in a 3-0 win for Columbus over Chicago

FC Dallas defeated LA Galaxy 3-2 with three assists from Mauro Diaz

Philadelphia downed Montreal Impact 2-0

Minnesota United FC fell 3-1 to San Jose Earthquakes

Two stoppage-time goals saw Vancouver and Houston draw 2-2

L.A. FC and New York City FC drew 2-2

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