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.


Rookie keeper is lone bright spot in Loons' preseason victory

Rookie goalkeeper and seventh overall draft pick Dayne St. Clair started in goal for the Loons, and delivered the team's fourth clean sheet of the exhibition season.


Stronger Toye aims to show Minnesota United he's wiser, too

The talented second-year striker, just 20 years old, spent much of the winter in the weight and film rooms, seeking to push more experienced players for more playing time this season.


Big day for 3M Open: Jason Day commits to play

The 31-year-old Australian is the third player in the world rankings' top 15 who has committed to play at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine in July.


Ibarra scores, Loons defense remains strong in 1-0 win over New England

Saturday's 1-0 result in the Orlando City Invitational was the Loons' third consecutive clean sheet in preseason play for a team that allowed 71 goals last season.


New Loons goalkeeper Mannone absent for travel issues

Immigration paperwork in England might keep him out of Saturday's final preseason game against Orlando City.


Loons' trio of SuperDraft picks drawing high praise

Preseason training by goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair, defender Chase Gasper and midfielder Hassani Dotson have earned glowing assessments from coach Adrian Heath.


Loons goalkeeper Mannone gets a Minnesota welcome

Italian born and raised, Mannone has left behind a professional career built in England's Premier League and second division for MLS.


Loons shaping up on defense with new pieces

Coach Adrian Heath liked what he saw from the Loons' defense-minded acquisitions during the team's recently completed preseason training trip.


Goalkeeper Mannone heading to Loons as key part of club overhaul

The Italian veteran is the fifth major addition since December to a team that coach Adrian Heath now says 'can play against anyone in the league.'


Loons newcomers Gregus, Alonso start to bond in rebuilt midfield

Jan Gregus, the Loons' third designated player, and four-time MLS all-star Ozzie Alonso are central to the team's efforts to shore up its leaky defense.