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06-2022

The Loons hold team meetings to try to stop the losing streak

From 'whimper' to a wallop?  Loons looks to start, finish strong in 2022

The Loons hold team meetings to try to stop the losing streak

Midfielder Will Trapp has not had many pre-practice team meetings led by Minnesota United manager Adrian Heath during his 17 months with the club.

But amid skids of 2-5-0 in his last seven MLS games, the Loons had one of those rare chats on Tuesday.

“When that happens, it has a different quality to it because it’s a wake-up call for us,” Loons captain Trapp said on Tuesday.

A source told Pioneer Press that the theme was accountability across the board, from Heath to Down.

Tenth-placed MNUFC have lost three straight in league play, conceding six goals and scoring one. When the Loons (4-5-2) play the Los Angeles Galaxy (6-4-1) at Allianz Field on Wednesday at 7 p.m., they’re looking to put a scary stop on the streak.

“A lot of it is understanding the responsibility we have on the field, to your teammates, to the fans, to the club,” Trapp said.

stitched

Allianz Field’s grass playing surface is getting a facelift.

To stabilize the roots, limit splitting and unevenness, MNUFC is joining the growing trend of sewing a hybrid synthetic material into the natural grass at its St.

The club was considering making this increase when the stadium opened in 2019, but it was cost prohibitive. The lost surface quality for the 2022 MLS Games now serves as an impetus to increase after the US men’s national team played an on-field World Cup qualifier in February.

Allianz Field’s heated surface dealt with drainage issues in 2019 and its grass was replaced in November ahead of the MLS Cup playoffs.

United said the change would improve the quality of the Loons Games, particularly in the spring and fall, and provide opportunities to host US national teams and “community-led games”.

Grasmax, the founding company, comes from a project for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in November. The company said it has done hybrid tailoring work at Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and English Premier League clubs West Ham, Leeds and Leicester. MLS clubs Toronto, San Jose and Cincinnati have also done similar work at their facilities.

gasp struggle

Former Loons pass out Chase Gaspar, who was traded before the MLS transfer window closed on May 4, played a key role in two of three goals scored by the Galaxy in their 3-1 loss to FC Dallas on Saturday. played.

Fellow former MNUFC player Raheem Edwards could take over as Galaxy’s left back after missing a Dallas game with an injury. Edwards was not in the Galaxy’s availability report on Tuesday.

brief

The Loons this season opted to play midweek games instead of having matches during the international window. Wednesday’s game is the first of five midweek matches. The others are June 29, July 13, August 31 and September 13. Nine other MLS games will be played on Wednesday, including second-placed FC Dallas versus last-place Vancouver, after the Loons’ rivals, on Sunday. … Loons center back Michael Boxall was called up to the New Zealand men’s national team for the FIFA World Cup Intercontinental Playoff vs Costa Rica on 14 June. The closest game to the Loons is in New England on June 19. Boxel was not with the All Whites in March due to Lunes dealing with multiple defender injuries to start the MLS season. … MNUFC2, the club’s developmental team, is unbeaten in five games, with a 1-1 draw and shootout win over West-leading Houston Dynamo 2 on Saturday. St Paul’s goalkeeper Fred Emmings made a clean save in the PK. … Right back Romain Metnier is in his sixth week of recovery from a hamstring injury; He is speeding up work on the side, but is expected to be out for at least another 10 days. … Callum Williams of MNUFC and Kyndra de St. Aubin’s broadcast team will return this weekend on a tour with the team for the first time since pre-pandemic.

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