Wow. What a season. After last season’s struggles and middling-at-best results, MNUFC came out of the gate blazing this year. Thinking back, it’s amazing this is still the season I started by holding my head wondering what was going to happen, with Campos down for the count and no clear goal-scorer in the lineup.
Wow. Who could predict the emergence of Christian Ramirez? Who could predict the superb play by Miguel Ibarra? This season had everything, from chipped goals and bicycle kicks to last-minute tackles to save goals.
And talk about history made- the first American team to train in England, the first team from Minnesota to play a British Premier League squad, the first BPL team to come to Minnesota. As an added bonus they defeated that BPL team; a team which is holding it’s own in the BPL right now.
This season was fantastic, and it was fantastic on multiple levels. Moments of joy, laughing in the press box at NSC with Bill about Calvano, Dias, and Matt Van Oekel being the only players in Minnesota’s half. Moments of agony, as last-second equalizers steal victory. Memories of Miguel Ibarra appearing for the American National Team.
And, of course, memories of sitting in NSC stadium with my lovely fiancee as Minnesota was denied a chance at the Soccer Bowl. The outrage that followed, particularly after seeing the replays of the game. And the most recent news regarding the team’s presentation to MLS.
With both Minnesota United FC and the Viking’s presentations completed, all we can do is wait, and make our opinions known. While I don’t know what will happen with MLS, and I don’t know what will happen with Minnesota’s roster this off-season, I do know a few things. I know I will be here to support the team, and I know Nick Rogers, Bill McGuire, and the rest of the Loons will be working their hardest to provide Minnesota with the soccer team they deserve.
Cheers to you, to Minnesota United, and to a great season.