News in Brief: Minnesota United FC’s Plan, World Cup Semifinals, and More…

by on 9 July 2018

Minnesota United FC have a plan, and it is coming together

Andy Greder at the Pioneer Press published a lengthy piece detailing Adrian Heath’s history and the plan for the future. Included is the note that Tuesday marks the opening of the transfer window. The first of those signings are coming, with both winger Romario Ibarra and forward Angelo Rodríguez reportedly having signed for MNUFC.

Slightly less imminent than new signings (though more predictable) is the construction and completion of Allianz Field. Most recently, the team has announced that the PTFE installation has been completed. The outer skin of the stadium is attached, though without the lighting effects the outside view of the stadium is not what renderings make it out to be.

FIFA Men’s World Cup semis set

The Men’s World Cup semifinals are set to be played this week, with England taking on Croatia in Moscow and France battling Belgium in St. Petersburg. While France entered the tournament as favorites, Belgium have impressed throughout the tournament. On the other side of the bracket, England will be favorites over Croatia, which has needed penalties to secure its last two wins over Russia and Denmark. ESPN has the full preview.

News bits

Matthew Doyle recaps Week 19 in MLS and gives his thoughts

MLS weekend roundup

Late goal from Maxi Morales sees New York City FC win 1-0 over New York Red Bulls

Florian Jungwirth’s late goal not enough as San Jose fall 2-1 to Portland

Orlando overwhelmed and outmatched by LAFC, lose 4-1

LA Galaxy dominant in 4-1 win over Columbus

Kei Kamara brace lifts Vancouver Whitecaps over Chicago Fire 3-2

Real Salt Lake score early and late to win 2-0 over FC Dallas

Anemic Minnesota United FC fall 3-0 to Houston Dynamo

Toronto FC and Sporting KC battle to a 2-2 draw

Only one shot on target apiece as New England Revolution and Seattle Sounders draw 0-0

Two-minute brace for Saphir Taïder gives Montreal Impact the 2-1 win over Colorado Rapids

Martinez, Villalba score in 2-0 Atlanta United’s victory over Philadelphia

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