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.


Minnesota United's first opponent in Orlando has COVID-19 issue

A Sporting Kansas City player has tested positive for COVID-19 two days before it opens "MLS is Back" tournament play against Minnesota United.


Boredom is a challenge as Minnesota United players stick to isolation, safety rules in Orlando

Isolated Loons find rules tolerable, solitude less so.


MLS is back as tournament in Florida begins

The MLS played its first match in 122 days, without fans. Orlando City won 2-1.


Loons play without Ozzie Alonso in rain-shortened scrimmage

The team captain was held out because of a slight hamstring injury with four days until the Orlando opener.


Loons nearing contract agreement with All-Star Romain Metanire

The veteran defender is with the team in Orlando preparing for MLS' return to play.


MLS' return in Florida leading way for NBA, WNBA

Like both basketball leagues that will resume their seasons later this month, MLS will do so with life and competition played out under a protective "bubble" day and night in Florida. The action starts Wednesday.


MLS resumes play Wednesday in sweltering Orlando; United FC to play Sunday

Because of Florida's summer heat, the league has modified its substitution rules to allow each team five instead of three and has expanded its game-day rosters by five players to 23.


MLS defender of the year Ike Opara not with Loons in Florida

Without Opara available, veteran defender Jose Aja likely will move into the center-back spot for Group D's three games of pool play in Orlando.


Heat is on as Loons find their Florida bearings

Minnesota United emphasized defense during two training sessions at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex before concentrating on its team shape leading into Sunday's scrimmage against Columbus.


United's 'Wonderwall' tradition began as rowdy locker room chorus

Supporters of English teams Manchester City and Tottenham have sung Wonderwall to celebrate their sides, but the Minnesota version of the Oasis song is seen by Minnesotans as soccer's original.