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1 hour ago, RpMc said:

Had two captains (one our QB) retire and join the coaching staff.  Our leading rusher from 2019 (not our best back, but was healthy all year) is not back (new career).  Our starting strong safety and field corner from 2019 both out for COVID precautions.  Our starting free safety from 2019 is currently deployed on active duty.

On a roster of 57 players, 24 of them are either rookies this year, or practiced with the team last year prior to our season being ended by COVID.

I'm double dipping as Head Coach/DC this year, and installed a brand new defensive scheme to help mitigate some of the losses in the secondary.

A lot of changes. I’ll have to keep my eye on the Vixen’s this year. Good luck! 

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On 4/9/2021 at 6:38 PM, vike daddy said:

The Washington Football Team announced that they have cut five players. Defensive tackle Caleb Brantley, wide receiver Emanuel Hall, running back Javon Leake, tight end Thaddeus Moss, and running back Michael Warren.

Moss, who is the son of Hall of Famer Randy Moss, played at LSU and signed with Washington as an undrafted free agent last year. He spent the season on injured reserve after getting hurt in training camp.

https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2021/04/09/caleb-brantley-thaddeus-moss-among-five-players-cut-by-washington/

Thaddeus was claimed by Cincinnati.

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The Loons open the season on Friday (8:30 Central, nationally broadcast on FS1) in Seattle.

Seattle knocked us out in the Western Conference Finals last year, so it should be a great game. We've made some big additions, had a great preseason, and Seattle has had some losses (and injuries) so I'm cautiously optimistic for a win. Seattle is always a tough place to play though, and I'm expecting both teams to be top-4 in the West at the end of the season.

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13 minutes ago, vikesfan89 said:

How many more people will even be able to watch with it on Bally Sports? Seems like most people don't get that anymore

Bally Sports is the new branding for Fox Sports North. Same channel that the Wild, Twins, and Wolves are on.

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2021 MNUFC SEASON PREVIEW

2020 Season Summary - MNUFC finished the regular season in 4th place (9-5-7, 34 points, +10 GD) in the Western Conference. They hosted their second playoff match in franchise history, defeating the Colorado Rapids 3–0 at Allianz Field, then went on to defeat No. 1 seeded Sporting Kansas City 3–0 on the road. The Loons lost in the 2020 Western Conference final match to the Seattle Sounders FC, also on the road, and were defeated 3–2 by two late goals.

 

Offseason Losses:

  • FWD Luis Amarilla (425 minutes, 2 goals, 1 assist) 
  • FWD Kai Kamara (458 minutes, 1 goal, 1 assist)
  • FWD Aaron Schoenfeld (390 minutes, 1 goal) 
  • MF Kevin Molino (1264 minutes, 9 goals, 4 assists)
  • MF Raheem Edwards (259 minutes, 3 assists) 
  • MF Marlon Hairston (405 minutes)
  • MF/DEF James Musa (155 minutes)
  • MF Thomas Chacon (172 minutes) - out on loan, but unlikely to return
  • DEF Jose Aja (1071 minutes, 1 goal) 

The only notable loss this offseason was Kevin Molino. He was the team's leading goal scorer in 2020, and was one of the best wingers in the league. He signed a 3-year fully guaranteed deal with Columbus after MN was unwilling to commit to that length of a contract, considering he was only healthy to play in 49% of his eligible games for MN over the last 4 seasons.

The team also tried to retain Luis Amarilla, who was here on a 1-year loan but missed all but the first few games of the season due to an ankle injury, but he chose to go back to Ecuador. Thomas Chacon also left to go back to Uruguay on a loan (with an option to buy which most people expect to be exercised). He was definitely one of the most disappointing signings in club history, and never was able to break into the team despite being a Designated Player.

It also sounds like Ike Opara, who missed all last season with ongoing concussion symptoms, will not be ready to play again this year, and will probably be retiring or have his contract bought out. 

Noah Billingsley was loaned out to a USL team for the entire 2021 season. He could be called back at any point if needed, but it is unlikely. 

 

Offseason Additions: 

  • FWD Ramon "Wanchope" Abila (31, Boca Juniors)
  • FWD Juan Agudelo (28, Inter Miami)
  • FWD Patrick Weah (17, Homegrown)
  • MF Wil Trapp (28, Inter Miami)
  • MF Justin McMaster (21, Drafted - Wake Forest)
  • MF Niko Hansen (26, Houston Dynamo)
  • DEF Jukka Raitala (32, Montreal Impact)
  • DEF DJ Taylor (23, North Carolina FC)
  • DEF Nabilai Kibunguchy (23, Drafted - UC Davis)
  • DE Callum Montgomery (23, trade from FC Dallas)

The most recent, and biggest, signing announced last week was Ramon Abila coming in from Boca Juniors in Argentina. For years, the center forward position has been a glaring weakness, and bringing in a starting striker from a club like Boca is the type of signing that will raise eyebrows across the league. He has had some injury issues over the last year or two, but when he is fit, he is a proven goal scorer and is instantly one of the most talented strikers in MLS. 

Juan Agudelo may not have lived up to his enormous hype when he was first coming up in MLS, but he has close to 50 MLS goals, in addition to playing with the US Mens National team for 8 years, and even having a stint in the Eredivisie. There are few backups in MLS that have his type of resume.

Also coming over from Inter Miami as a free agent is long time USMNT and Columbus staple, Wil Trapp. He will be looking to share the load and slowly take over for Ozzy Alonso, who is probably retiring after this year, as the team's primary defensive midfielder. 

Niko Hansen comes in from Houston and will probably be the starting left wing option (until rumored signing Franco Fragapane arrives from Argentina). He will be a valuable depth player and can play on both wings. Jukka Raitala also comes in as an established MLS player, and can play both left back and centerback.

Justin McMaster has impressed in camp/preseason and may see some playing time, but I'd expect him, along with fellow draftee Nabi Kibunguchy), USL signing DJ Taylor, and trade acquisition Callum Montgomery to be depth pieces.

Patrick Weah was signed as the teams 2nd ever homegrown signing, and has an impressive lineage (look up George Weah, and Timothy Weah). At 17 years old he will probably just train with the team and probably won't factor into the first team except in emergency situations.

 

Predicted Depth Chart

ST - Ramon Abila (starter), Juan Agudelo (key sub / spot starter), Foster Lansdorf (depth), Patrick Weah (reserve) [It is rumored that Adrien Hunou is going to be signed from France during the summer transfer window, and he would rival Abila for the starting spot, or start at LW]

LW - Nike Hansen (key sub / spot starter), Justin McMaster (depth) [Franco Fragapane is expected to be signed next week and will be expected to start over Niko Hansen]

RW - Robin Lod (critical starter), Ethan Finlay (key sub / spot starter)

CAM - Emmanuel Reynoso (critical starter) [If Reynoso is not available, the team will shift formations and either use 2 strikers or 3 midfielders]

CM - Jan Gregus (critical starter), Hasani Dotson (key sub / spot starter), Jacori Hayes (depth)

CM - Ozzy Alonso (starter) / Wil Trapp (starter) [I'd expect Ozzy is "the starter" but for Trapp to start more games due to Ozzy's age]

LB - Chase Gasper (starter), Jukka Raitala (sub / spot starter)

CB - Michael Boxall (critical starter), Callum Montgomery (depth), Nabi Kibunguchy (reserve)

CB - Bakaye Dibassy (starter), Brent Kallman (depth)

RB - Romaine Metanire (critical starter), DJ Taylor (depth)

GK - Dayne St. Clair (starter?), Tyler Miller (starter?), Adrian Zendejas (depth), Fred Emmings (reserve)

 

2021 Expectations - Most analysts have the Loons pegged as a top-4 team in the Western Conference, and to be in the race for MLS Cup at the end of the season. It will definitely be a disappointment if they don't make it back to the Western Conference Finals again. Personally I would rank Portland, LAFC, Minnesota, and maybe Kansas City as all about equal in the West, with Columbus (defending MLS Cup champion) as the clear favorites in the East, and in MLS overall. 

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1 hour ago, Heimdallr said:

Bally Sports is the new branding for Fox Sports North. Same channel that the Wild, Twins, and Wolves are on.

Yes but it seems like a lot of people can't watch the twins this year that usually can

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1 hour ago, vikesfan89 said:

Yes but it seems like a lot of people can't watch the twins this year that usually can

Sinclair massively overpaid for the Fox regional sports channels and then tried to increase their price to tv providers substantially. Almost all providers told them to go pound sand, and those channels were pulled. 

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Last year they had all these guys who were D1 athletes in either football or basketball but for sure all of them were on the basketball team, obviously season ended early because the pandemic.  And only guy not on the team from this list was Hercy Miller brother of Mercy Miller.

 

2020
Jalen Suggs (Gonzaga Basketball)
Kaden Johnson (Wisconsin Football)
Terry Lockett (Michigan State Football)
Craig McDonald (Iowa State Football)

 

2021
Chet Holmgren (#1 rated basketball player in 2021)
Hercy Miller SR (Tennessee State Basketball)

 

2022
Donovan Smith JR
Price Aligbe JR
Chase Carter JR
Mercy Miller FR

 

 

Potentially what 10 D1 athletes on that basketball team from 2019.  Price Aligbe missed the end of the State Tournament 2021 this year and they still dominated and won it all.  

 

Freaking insane the talent coming out of Minnehaha Academy over the past few years.  Has never really been seen before honestly in this state.  Suggs potentially being a top 3 pick in the NBA draft and the year after Chet Holmgren has that potential to be a top 3 pick as well.

 

 

 

This was in 2019, Suggs was a JR and Holmgren a SOPH I believe.

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Back in 2008-09 Hopkins had 5 D1 athletes on their starting five, they were a great team but the quality and elite level of the top guys was clearly not there.  Solid players but none were #1 or #3 rated in the country coming out of high school.

Marcus Williams (NDSU football)
Trent Lockett (Arizona State basketball)
Raymond Cowels (Santa Clara basketball)
Royce White (U of M/Iowa State basketball)
Mike Broghammer (Notre Dame basketball_

 

 

So props to Minnehaha Academy!

 

 

 

 

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4 hours ago, vikesfan89 said:

Yes but it seems like a lot of people can't watch the twins this year that usually can

That is probably why MNUFC pushed to have the games simulcast OTA so that people without cable/Bally can watch most of the games for free, unlike Twins/Wild/Wolves.

Sinclair (the company that bought Fox Sports / Bally) is seriously the worst.

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18 minutes ago, skywindO2 said:

Excited for MNUFC, they were a ton of fun to watch last year. My boy Lod gonna be huge this year. 

Lod is so great up top or on the left. It sucks we wasted a whole year and a half trying to play him on the left. I understand the logic of wanting to get get both him and Finlay on the field when we had such terrible winger depth in the past, but hopefully Heath has learned that Lod just can't be effective on the left.

With Finlay's speed and how he direct he plays I would love to see him inverted on the left, but he has just never played on that side, not with us, and not at Columbus. No idea why.

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Everyone come at me with the Loons questions. I haven't been this hyped for a season since the 2010 Vikings. Hopefully the 2021 Loons season turns out better than the 2010 Vikings. 😅

Fun fact: Everson Griffen, Chris Cook, Joe Webb, and Toby Gerhart were drafted in 2010. More than a decade ago. Wow that makes me feel old.

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