Author Archives: Bill MK

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.

Loon Rating Results for Mexico U-21 (July 4th Friendly)

It’s been a long mid-season break, but July 4th saw the Minnesota United FC play the Mexico U-21 National Team in a friendly. At times it was less than friendly, what with 3 red cards given for a confrontation in the second half. … Continue reading

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Tactical Analysis: Minnesota vs. Mexico U-21, July 4

A friendly is a time for experimentation, which made the line-up that was trotted out for the first half both surprising and expected.  Expected, as the formation was different from anything we’ve seen from Minnesota this season.  Surprising in that the starting … Continue reading

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Why you should be a Minnesota United FC Fan

This is for all those people who watched the World Cup and had a blast cheering on the players in the red white and blue with thousands of your closest friends in bars and viewing parties throughout the twin cities. … Continue reading

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Loon Ratings Results for Minnesota vs. SKC USOC (6/18)

  What a tough loss.  Minnesota lost a game they could have won, but those of us who watched it could be very proud of how the Loons performed. Player of the Match Mitch Hildebrandt was the clear player of the match.  He kept … Continue reading

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Tactical Analysis for Minnesota United FC vs Sporting Kansas City (6/18 – USOC)

You might have taken the amazing Dethloon bus down to Kansas City.  Or you watched the game on youtube.  Or you read the countless news articles about the loss. I could spend an entire article talking about red cards or … Continue reading

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USMNT Ratings Results for their 2-1 win over Ghana

  As a fan, that game against Ghana had it all.  Players fighting through injuries.  A new player scoring the winning goal.  Clint Dempsey scoring a goal 39 seconds into the match. One of the neat things to look at with … Continue reading

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Reflections on a Spring Championship

Looking back on this Spring, I thought long and hard about why Minnesota was able to win the Spring Season Championship.  I came up with three reasons. They played a high press. Minnesota played a high press in 8 out of 9 … Continue reading

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United States against Ghana Tactical Analysis

The United States won their first match, and now have a much better shot at making it out of the group. It helps that Portugal were terrible. So, the United States won with the diamond right?   Yes, and no.  The team … Continue reading

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Fill out your ratings for the USMNT against Ghana

A great game, what did you think?  Fill out your ratings!

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US Men’s National Team Tactical Preview

The US has been playing a 4-4-2 diamond for most of the build up to the World Cup.  For newer fans of the US, or for fans who haven’t been following the team recently, you might not understand what this … Continue reading

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