I’m a fan, and season ticket holder of Minnesota United FC, our new MLS team. I love watching soccer, and having a local team has been a great amount of fun for myself and my family. We even got my brother-in-law and his fiance to join in the fun.
However, like most Minnesota sports teams we’re struggling. Minnesota has rarely been known as a powerhouse in the sporting world, despite a couple of World Series wins. We’re rarely the worst team in the league, but we always seem to be somewhere in the middle of the pack. We might hit the playoffs every now and then, but otherwise we’re always a bridesmaid, never a bride.
Minnesota United is unfortunately breaking this streak, but not in a good way. They’re quickly showing their lack of capability and firmly holding on to the bottom of the conference. This past Saturday was no exception, with a 0-3 loss to NY Red Bulls. Some questionable officiating really means it should have been a 1-2 loss, but soccer doesn’t have instant replay (yet).
Overall, we seemed tired and defeated through much of the match. Half of our starters were injured, meaning that we were playing with second string players, and we looked it. Our offense managed a few bright spots, and our defense had some nice stops, but overall we need to make some major changes.
I’m not sure what the rest of the season holds for us, but I’m worried it won’t be that good. Hopefully the off-season will give us a chance to get some more talent and gel better as a unit. We’ve got a brand new stadium under construction right now, and so we had better start getting our act in gear so that we can sell it out every game.