Minnesota United (and beyond) Weekly News Wrap-Up, May 10th Edition

With Minnesota playing a Monday Night game against the New York Cosmos, and the EPL not playing until Sunday, my Saturday is looking mighty sparse in terms of soccer entertainment.  Maybe it’s time to get MLS Live.  So, to fill your Saturday with Minnesota United, here’s news from the past week!

Minnesota United FC News

Minnesota beats Indy Eleven 3-2 at Home

Check out the official write-up, and some photos from the game.  Hockey Wilderness, the SBNation Minnesota Wild Hockey blog, has a nice write-up as well.  And you of course can check out the Loon Ratings from that game, and my own tactical look at the game.

Minnesota plays at New York Cosmos on Monday, May 12th, 6:30 Central

This is Minnesota‘s big test of the young spring season. The team has their preview and I have mine.  Word is, the ref, Robert Sibiga, doesn’t like the New York.

Minnesota is either playing at home against Real Colorado Foxes or away in Des Moines

Game is Wednesday, May 28th.  I’d favor playing at home against the Real Colorado Foxes, but it would be great to get revenge against Des Moines.  Word is, the Dark Clouds might be getting a bus to head down there, which would be great fun, if I didn’t have to work.

Minnesota Signs Australian International Richard Garcia

Wow, this is pretty crazy news, for a number of reasons.  First, he played (only a few minutes, but still, played) in the 2010 World Cup for Australia.  That’s pretty amazing that he is playing for Minnesota.  Apparently, he and Calvano have the same agent, which probably greased the wheels in getting Garcia over here.  Second, he’s only here through June, which is a really short time frame to have him come and play for us. There is the option to extend it through the Fall, which would still allow him to return to the A-League.

It’ll be interesting to see if he gets much playing time, although I could see him spelling Ramirez in the later parts of matches, and getting a start in the US Open Cup.  It is telling about the team’s opinion of Nate Polak, who had been the second string forward.

Why Minnesota is Undefeated

A well written article that looks at the statistical nature of Minnesota‘s start to the season.  It’s very interesting that every person who has a goal also has an assist, and vica versa.  It shows how well the team is playing together, and the unselfish nature of the players.  That trip to England is looking better and better as an investment.

NASL News 

Check out the highlights for Week 4.  Peterson talked with the inimitable Jon Marthaler about Virginia and Oklahoma, which apparently are still possibilities.

Other Interesting Soccer News

There’s a great look at what the Germany 23 for the world cup might mean for their tactics.

For your amusement

Coach Lagos breaks down how Minnesota was so successful on the counterattack.  Hope New York isn’t watching




About Bill MK

A writer, an avid consumer of soccer, music, media, books and games, a poorly self-taught handy man, a nom de plume.
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