South Georgia Tormenta FC teammates celebrate their 2-1 extra victory in the USL W championship match on Saturday night.

Aurora's dream season ends in extra time loss to South Georgia for title

South Georgia ended the Aurora's hope for an undefeated debut season in the USL W on a goal in the 115th minute. "We would love to have won, but we had a hell of a season," goalkeeper Sarah Fuller said.

Loons extend unbeaten streak to six with 2-1 win over Houston

July 23
Minnesota United forward Bongokuhle Hlongwane, left, pulled on Houston Dynamo defender Adam Lundqvist during the first half Saturday night.
Bongokuhle Hlongwane set up a goal at the end of the first half before breaking through in the second half with his first MLS goal for Minnesota United.

Aurora falls in championship match

July 23
A beautiful sunset over TCO Stadium after a stormy afternoon in the second half.
The Minnesota Aurora's dream season ended 2-1 in overtime against South Georgia Tormenta FC.
Sports
July 23

Minnesota unbeaten in 6, beats Dynamo 2-1 on Hlongwane goal

Bongokuhle Hlongwane scored the deciding goal, and Minnesota United extended its unbeaten streak to six by beating the Houston Dynamo 2-1 on on Saturday night.
Sports
July 23

Alves passes medical tests and signs with Mexico's Pumas

When Dani Alves left Barcelona a few months ago, several teams were deemed possibilites for the next stop in his illustrious soccer career. One of the least likely seemed to be Pumas of the Mexican League, yet that is what the Brazilian star chose.
Loons
July 23
\Minnesota Aurora fan cheer during the second half of USL W League semifinals against Virginia-based McLean Soccer Saturday, July 17, 2022 at TCO Stad

First-year champions? Aurora goes for USL W title against South Georgia

Members of the state's new pre-professional side have gotten used to big crowds. Now players hope to reward their fans with a championship. Tap here for a preview and livestream of the match.
Loons
July 22
Former Loon Darwin Quintero plays for the Houston Dynamo.

Loons at Houston preview: Taking unbeaten streak on the road

The Loons are riding a wave of confidence after beating Everton in an international friendly, but they're also missing a number of midfielders.
Loons
July 22
Loons captain Wil Trapp will miss three to four weeks with a hamstring injury.

Minnesota United's midfield injuries mount: Wil Trapp, Jacori Hayes, Kervin Arriaga all out

The Loons once enjoyed midfield depth, but they'll go to Houston on Saturday with holes to fill.
Loons
July 22
Minnesota Aurora goalkeeper Sarah Fuller, above  in a match last month, has helped the first-year preprofessional women’s soccer team go 7-0-1.

Five Aurora players to watch in Saturday's USL W title game

Minnesota Aurora has firepower, from goalkeeper Sarah Fuller to scoring ace Morgan Turner to unsung defender Rachel Preston.
Loons
July 22
Minnesota Aurora celebrates after defeating Virginia-based McLean Soccer 1-0 during the USL W League semifinals Saturday, July 17, 2022 at TCO Stadium

Title match preview: South Georgia brings star power to final vs. Aurora

Amy Andrews, the USL W League Golden Boot winner, has scored almost half of her side's goals. She'll be facing an Aurora defense that has yielded only eight goals in 12 games.
Nation
July 22

One of the busiest tourism times from Green Bay to Oshkosh

Northeastern Wisconsin and the Fox Valley are getting ready for what could be the region's busiest weeks for tourism in years.
Business
July 22

Barcelona sells 2nd package of Spanish league TV rights

Barcelona has sold a second package of its television rights to an American investment firm for an undisclosed amount as the Spanish club claws its way out of debt.
Loons
July 21
Minnesota United midfielder Emanuel Reynoso, right, is among the ten MLS players who will compete in the All-Star skills challenge on Aug. 9.

Midfielder Reynoso, goalkeeper St. Clair picked for MLS All-Star skills challenge

The skills challenge will feature 10 players from MLS and 10 from the Mexican Liga MX squad before those two teams meet in the Aug. 10 all-star game.
Sports
July 21
Cristiano Ronaldo

Stay or go? Ronaldo's future uncertain at Manchester United

The weekly social media posts published by Cristiano Ronaldo this offseason typically have shown the soccer superstar half-dressed, muscles bulging, either working out or promoting one of his many brands.
Loons
July 21
Adrian Heath stood on the sidelines as Minnesota United defender Kemar Lawrence threw in the ball against Everton on Wednesday night.

Neal: Loons must find real attacker — or club may need new approach

Minnesota United found the net easily in a 4-0 win over Everton — coach Adrian Heath's former club — Wednesday. Too often during Heath's tenure, that hasn't been the case.
Sports
July 20

Prosecutors probe Brazil's Santos for illegal child work

Brazilian prosecutors have opened an investigation into soccer powerhouse Santos for alleged illegal child work and have requested that the club suspend all activities of its academy.
Loons
July 20
Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath, shown playing for Everton vs. Liverpool in 1984 at Wembley Stadium.

Long hair, short shorts: Loons friendly sends Heath back to the '80s

There are memories of mullets and short shorts from coach Adrian Heath's playing days with Everton of England's Premier League, which is in town to play Minnesota United tonight.
Loons
July 19
Minnesota United midfielder Emanuel Reynoso (10), who moved through the defensive line during the second half of a match against D.C. United last Satu

Loons vs. Everton preview: Friendly match offers teams a chance to sharpen skills

Competitive tune-up a benefit Premier League club, streaking Loons
Sports
July 19

If All-Star Game decided by HR derby, final score stays same

So let's say the All-Star Game is tied 3-all after nine innings. Then it goes to that new Home Run Derby tiebreaker, where National League boppers Pete Alonso, Ronald Acuña Jr. and Kyle Schwarber outslug the AL trio.
Loons
July 19
On Monday, the Minnesota Aurora announced another sellout and Emanuel Reynoso was named MLS player of the week.

Aurora announce sellout for title match; Reynoso wins MLS player of the week

It took less than 24 hours after tickets went on sale to sell out Saturday night's USL W title match vs. South Georgia Tormenta FC at TCO Stadium.
Loons
July 19
Alex Morgan, top, was congratulated after scoring on a penalty shot.

U.S. women clinch '24 Olympic soccer berth win with over Canada

Alex Morgan converted on a penalty kick in the 78th minute and the U.S. women's national team took the CONCACAF women's title with a 1-0 victory.
Loons
July 17

MNUFC2 falls at Tacoma for fourth loss in five games

The Loons failed to convert on a penalty, while the Defiance found the net on theirs.
Loons
July 17
Aurora players Rachel Preston (29) and Mariah Nguyen celebrated after their 1-0 victory over McLean on Sunday at TCO Stadium in Eagan.

Souhan: Aurora head to final in first year of existence

Minnesota's upstart soccer team is also one of state's best stories.