Reporter | Minnesota United FC

Jerry Zgoda covers Minnesota United FC and Major League Soccer for the Star Tribune.

Zgoda has been a Star Tribune sportswriter so long, his first beat directly out of college was covering the North Stars. In nearly 30 years, he has covered the NHL, the Wolves and the NBA twice (he missed the first Kevin Garnett era, which says something about his sense of timing), Gophers and NCAA athletics, the radio/TV beat, major-championship golf and outdoor recreation.

Loons decline option for 'heart and soul' fan favorite Ibarra

Minnesota United still could retain Miguel Ibarra, its longest-tenured player, with a lesser deal.

Gophers lose five-set volleyball match to Nebraska

The Cornhuskers won the first two sets before the U battled back, then buckled.

U needed only one look to decide Miyabe was true volleyball talent

Airi Miyabe left Japan to learn a new language, experience another culture and traditions, and to develop her skills at Minnesota while playing volleyball at the highest NCAA levels.

Loons lose injury-prone Danladi to Nashville in MLS expansion draft

Minnesota United took the UCLA star first in the 2017 SuperDraft before its inaugural season, hoping he would become a centerpiece for its future.

As MLS expands, players want charter air travel, 'truer' free agency

They're among issues on the bargaining table, trying to reach a new labor deal for a sport in an aspiring "league of choice."

No apologies from Fleck for penalty after running on field

The coach's on-field dash to check on wide receiver Tyler Johnson drew a penalty following a controversial play when Johnson took a late hit after dropping a pass.

Chaska dominates Coon Rapids to advance to Class 5A title game

He caught a 97-yard TD and kicked a 52-yard FG.

Volleyball Border Battle for first place goes to the Badgers

Both sides entered the match 13-1 and tied for first place in the Big Ten before Wisconsin defeated Minnesota for the second time this season.

Loons trade Quintero to Houston for Hairston, $600,000 allocation money

The team's first high-paid designated player did not start in the team's two biggest games in 2019. The Loons will receive midfielder Marlon Hairston and $600,000 in allocation money.

Midfielder Quintero says he's done with Loons; team won't comment

Considered Minnesota United's biggest building block just a season ago, star midfielder Darwin Quintero posted on social media that he will not return in 2020.