MNUFC MEDIA SCHEDULE MARCH 19 – 25
“I just sense that the players are starting to understand what it means to play for Minnesota and actually want to be here and help grow this club," said Head Coach Adrian Heath after the match. "That is quite exciting for me to watch.”
Goalkeeper Matt Lampson, playing against his former club, added: “I don’t think I’ve ever played for a team that has this type of support from the city and a fan base. It happened every now and then in Columbus, very rarely happened in Chicago, and it’s something I’m really grateful for.”
MNUFC now sits in second place in the Western Conference after three matches, with a record of two wins, one defeat and a +1 goal differential. The team will travel to New York to face the Red Bulls on Saturday with what will likely be a new-look lineup, as captain Francisco Calvo, Michael Boxall and Rasmus Schuller head off to international duty with Costa Rica, New Zealand and Finland, respectively. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports GO and 1500 ESPN (radio).
Date Start (CT) End (CT) Event Location Availability
Tues(3/20) 10:30 a.m. ~11:45 a.m. Training NSC* Yes
Wed (3/21) 10:30 a.m. ~11:45 a.m. Training NSC* Yes
Thurs (3/22) 10:30 a.m. 11:45 a.m. Training NSC* Yes
Friday (3/23) 10:30 a.m. ~11:45 a.m. Training NSC* Yes
Sat (3/24) 6:00 p.m. NYvMIN Red Bull Arena Yes
*Media planning to attend training please check in with MNUFC Communications to confirm training field locations.
Media will be allowed to photograph/film training sessions for a minimum of 15 minutes either at the beginning or end of training. MNUFC reserves the right to close a training session at any time. All players and coaches will be made available for interviews prior to or following each training session.
- Fifth-straight home sellout | Minnesota's home opener vs. Chicago Fire marked a fifth-straight sellout at TCF Bank Stadium, a streak that started last August when Seattle Sounders FC came to town. The crowd of 23,138 was also the seventh-straight over 20,000.
- Minnesota on two-win streak | The Loons' victory over Chicago was their second in a row after Orlando City SC.
- Ibson scores first goal in MLS | Ibson fired home his first goal in MLS play in the 55th minute of the match against Chicago.
- Ibarra commands No. 10 position | Miguel Ibarra was superb in his first start of the season in place of injured Kevin Molino, assisting Sam Nicholson's winner and providing some excellent combination play from the center of the pitch. Read more from Pioneer Press beat reporter Andy Greder: "Miguel Ibarra’s start bodes well for next opportunity with Minnesota United."
- Nicholson continues stellar run of form | Scottish midfielder Nicholson continued where he left off against Orlando City SC, connected on a cross sent in by Ethan Finlay to give the Loons the lead for good.
- Three MNUFC starters on international duty | MNUFC will miss starting center back duo Francisco Calvo and Michael Boxall and defensive midfielder Rasmus Schuller to international duty this week. Their schedules:
- Boxall and New Zealand: March 24 vs. Canada.
- Calvo and Costa Rica: March 23 vs. Scotland; March 27 vs. Tunisia
- Schuller and Finland: March 23 vs. Macedonia; March 26 vs. Malt
- Luiz Fernando, Owundi join MNUFC ranks | Brazilian midfielder Luiz Fernando and Cameroon defender Bertrand Owundi Eko'o joined the Loons in training last week.
- 2018 MNUFC Media Guidelines | Media are encouraged to please review the media guidelines, as there are a number of updates, including where to park for MNUFC training sessions at the National Sports Center, primary media contacts, credential access and more.
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