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The NASL End of the Year Awards, Part 3 – Golden Ball (MVP)

Stefano Pinho celebrates a goal (Photo: Fort Lauderdale Strikers)

The NASL's Golden Ball is awarded to the most valuable player in the league. Last year's winner was Minnesota United winger Miguel Ibarra who has since transferred to Club Leon in Mexico's LigaMX. While the big numbers entice (goals and assists), it would make sense for us all to consider

TUFcast Ep. 19 – Transfers! Goals! Talking Couches!

TUFcast Ep. 19   We run through all the transfers that went down in the NASL this past week. Stay tuned for a review of the record breaking week in the NASL. The talking couch speaks for itself (get it???). Listen & Subscribe here: iTunes Stitcher Firepype Streaming Soundcloud Streaming:

Curse Continues; United Still Winless Against Cosmos

Samuel Caceres and Christian Ramirez tangle for a ball as Jimmy Maurer looks on (Photo: New York Cosmos)

New York Cosmos 2 – 1 Minnesota United Goals: 8’ – Christian Ramirez 13’ – Walter Restrepo 76’ – Hunter Freeman Major Themes: After going undefeated in four league matches, Minnesota United loses 2-1 on the road. While initially the dominant team, their momentum took a hit when Kevin Venegas left the game injured in the

Preview: New York and Minnesota Look To Sustain Momentum

Photo: Minnesota United FC

New York Cosmos - Minnesota United FC  Major Themes: The midweek matchup amid a crowded schedule means each manager will have an eye on fatigue and depth in their squads.  We may see alternative XI's and/or early substitutions to keep each squad fresh. New York has prevailed over Minnesota, historically.  United has never reached

Recap: United Salvages Draw From The Armada

Jacksonville players approach Akeil Barrett after his goal. (Photo: Jacksonville Armada FC)

Jacksonville Armada 3 - 3 Minnesota United Goals: 5’ - Jemal Johnson (JAX) 21’ - Christian Ramirez (MNU) 23’ - Akeil Barrett (JAX) 72’ - Alhassane Keita (JAX) 78’ - Justin Davis (MNU) 82’ - Ibson (MNU) Major Themes Goals: All three matches between the Loons and the Armada have been high-scoring games. The lowest scoreline in the three

Recap: Minnesota Outlasts San Antonio In Thriller

Players from Minnesota and San Antonio tussle late in the match (Photo: San Antonio Scorpions)

San Antonio Scorpions 3 - 4 Minnesota United FC Goals: 12' – Christian Ramirez (MNU) 16' – Adrian Cann (SAS) 22' – Justin Davis (MNU) 34’ – Rafael Castillo (SAS) 37’ – Ibson (MNU) 48’ – Kalif Alhassan (MNU) 86’ – Rafael Castillo (SAS) Major Themes This was truly an end-to-end game. The first half included numerous chances by both

Recap: Minnesota Unites To Down Jacksonville

Minnesota United FC 4 - 0 Jacksonville Armada FC Goals: 13' - Juliano Vicentini (MNU) 50' - Daniel Mendes (MNU) 60' - Christian Ramirez (MNU) 75' - Ibson (MNU) Major Themes The night turned on a red card to Alhassane Keita right before halftime.  The forward rushed into the box looking to beat Minnesota goalkeeper Sammy N'Djock to

Recap: Ottawa Infuriates Minnesota With Late Equalizer

Photo: Minnesota United FC

Minnesota United FC 1 - 1 Ottawa Fury FC Goals: 32' - Christian Ramirez (MNU) 75' - Tom Heinemann (OTT) Major Themes Minnesota dominated possession for sixty minutes.  The team created excellent chances, most often down the left side with fullback Justin Davis getting forward and linking with wide midfielder Kalif Alhassan.  On a better