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 sign MLS veteran Agudelo to fill void at striker

Juan Agudelo, who spent much of his MLS career with New England, played last season with new MLS franchise Inter Miami, scoring three goals in 14 games.


Early Loons start training in Blaine a week ahead of schedule

A "vast majority'' of Minnesota United players showed up Monday, a team statement said, including a mix of veterans from last year's team along with newly acquired defensive midfielder Wil Trapp.


Outfielder Rooker doesn't wait long to signal return to power

After breaking his arm last season when he was called up by the Twins, ex-Mississippi State slugger Brent Rooker had surgery.


Loons 'just the beginning' for Twin Cities-raised soccer dreamer Weah

With a royal soccer surname in his home country, a self-help book on his nightstand and a number chosen from scripture, teenager Patrick Weah's path proves the African proverb about raising a child.


Twins' Kirilloff eager to play again after 'long summer'

Last season brought a second version of spring training for Twins prospects after COVID-19 disrupted everything in March. The games begin again Sunday in Florida.


Twins gather for first full-squad workout of training camp, but not too closely

Manager Rocco Baldelli addresses the socially distanced group, saying "We're missing nothing, so it's up to us now."


3M Open plans to have 10,000 people per day for July tournament

Executive director Hollis Cavner will make his pitch to the governor's office in April. Other PGA tournaments are now including fans.


Minnesota United adds USL Championship defender D.J. Taylor

The 23-year-old, who played for North Carolina FC, is expected to help bolster the team's depth behind veteran right back Romain Metanire.


Loons' season opener moved back to April 17, fans at games in doubt

MLS Commissioner Don Garber sounded little near-term optimism about big crowds at stadiums, calling them unlikely "for probably most, if not all, of the season.''


Loons seeking youth soccer players for new MLS development leagues

Minnesota United's Youth Development Program is assessing more than 700 area players to find those good enough to play in 'MLS Next.'