Jerry Zgoda | Star Tribune
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.


Amid so much change, Loons' Chacon embraces snow

Thomas Chacon, the Loons' 19-year-old Uruguayan newcomer, adjusts to America as he and the team take the soccer slowly.


Minnesota United heads into pre-playoff break with some players not taking a break

Loons players depart with no worries, as MLS playoffs no longer conflict with FIFA break.


Loons shut out in season finale; will host LA Galaxy in MLS playoffs

Seattle on Sunday topped the Loons 1-0 and Houston's victory over LA Galaxy put Minnesota into fourth place and a home playoff date.


Single goal cost Loons two spots in standings

Sunday's 1-0 loss at Seattle determined who'd finish second and earn conceivably two home playoff games.


Loons leader Alonso expects 'emotional' return to Seattle

The Loons will secure at least one home playoff game if they win or possibly if they tie Sunday in Ozzie Alonso's return to Seattle, where he starred for a decade.


Improved play for Loons puts many in individual award talk

Newcomers to this year's team dot several MLS categories, led by former Defender of the Year Ike Opara, who is a threat to win it again.


Minnesota United victory on Sunday would make 'taste' of playoffs even sweeter

Before Minnesota United plays the first playoff game in its MLS history in two weeks, it will play another Sunday at Seattle.Win and the Loons…


Striker Rodriguez gives Minnesota United big second-half lift

The veteran striker came on after halftime in a 1-1 tie against LAFC on Sunday and gave the team a boost.


Allianz Field turf will undergo hasty renovation

The grass, hurt by a drainage issue, will be replaced and is expected to be ready for mid-October appointments.


Loons draw with LAFC; can still gain home playoff game

Michael Boxall's header in the game's 75th minute was the equalizer after LAFC star Carlos Vela tied MLS's single-season scoring record by getting his 31st goal in the 67th minute.