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Minnesota United has a month until the summer transfer window opens, and the club is exploring how and where it might try to infuse talent into this year’s roster.

The Loons have aspirations to finish in the top four spots in the Western Conference, and, in the process, earn a home game in the MLS Cup Playoffs. But they entered their three-week FIFA break sitting just outside the seven-team playoff field and six points out of a slot to host a playoff game in St. Paul.

“We’ve got an opportunity to freshen things up, if we want to, and we’ve got some big decision to make,” manager Adrian Heath said after the team’s 1-0 loss to New York City on May 28.

Loons technical director Mark Watson told the Pioneer Press on May 31 the club has “four or five scenarios” for when the secondary transfer window opens July 7 and closes Aug. 4.

“We always do continuous planning,” Watson said. “… Once the window opens, if those (scenarios) are still relevant, then we’ll potentially look to address.

“But it’s a funny balance of the space available, the international spots, the money you have available,” Watson explained. “If you are looking to create space, can (an acquisition) actually happen? Can these things collide where it works out?”

Here are eight bullet points on MNUFC’s current roster compliance and possible opportunities to maneuver:

1. Two of 20 senior roster spots are available.

The pair of slots were opened with Chase Gasper’s trade to Los Angeles Galaxy in May and Hassani Dotson’s torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in April leading to him going on the season-ending injured list.

Watson mentioned the current roster is on the verge of improving with former MLS All-Star right back Romain Metanire nearing a return to games. The 32-year-old has played only 22 minutes this season due to hamstring issues, but after eight weeks of rehab he participated in short-sided games in late May.

2. One of eight international roster spots is vacant.

Seven are occupied by Emanuel Reynoso, Adrien Hunou, Luis Amarilla, Franco Fragapane, Kervin Arriaga, Bongi Hlongwane and Joseph Rosales.

This means MNUFC wouldn’t need to strike a trade with another MLS club for a international slot, if the club wants to add foreign talent.

3. “Not a ton of cap space,” according to Watson.

How close the Loons are up against MLS’ $4.9 million salary budget is unknown, but this league-wide mark has remained unchanged from 2021 season. While it is expected to increase to $5.2 million next year, that stagnant number isn’t helping MNUFC’s overall ability to maneuver.

4. One Designated Player spot offers flexibility.

Amarilla’s signing falls in the “restricted DP” category, so the club has the option of using Targeted Allocation Money to remove him from one of three DP slots which don’t count against salary budget. Hunou’s and Reynoso’s DP spots can’t be finagled like this.

“The challenge would be, do you have the TAM to convert (Amarilla)?” Watson said. “That’s the question.”

5. Two “top-level” goalkeepers for one starting spot.

Tyler Miller was in net for the opening two games this season until he got sick on the day of the third game. Dayne St. Clair stepped in and has played at a MLS Best XI-level in 12 games since then.

Minnesota has an estimated $750,000 tied up in the two players’ guaranteed compensation for 2022, per MLS Players’ Association figures. With Miller on an expiring contract at season’s end, trading away the 29-year-old might be an avenue to acquire TAM.

‘We looked at offers for both of them in the offseason; there was a fair bit of chatter,” Watson said. “Nothing ever really got close to materializing. But I don’t think it’s a secret that we have two really top-level goalkeepers. If a team needs a goalkeeper, I’m sure they’re looking in our direction.”

Given St. Clair’s rise to stardom, bigger clubs, potentially in Europe, could start to reach out to MNUFC about acquiring the 25-year-old Canadian.

“I think we’re headed down that path,” Watson said of reaching interest in potentially selling on St. Clair. “He’s a young, talented kid, and done really well. We fully expect that to happen, and we’ll include that in our in our decision-making process.”

6. Two of three Under-22 Initiative roster slots sit open.

The signing of Hlongwane from South Africa before the 2022 season filled one spot, but given Amarilla’s contract terms, MLS rules allow MNUFC to sign two more young players in this category. The player would need to be born in 2000 or later, and transfer fees to acquire such a player are not limited.

Asked if U22 additions are more likely this summer or next offseason, Watson said: “That could very much come into play in this window.”

The Loons’ current roster is one of the five oldest in MLS, so a youthful infusion is an important element toward continued success.

7. Passports being stamped.

Director of player personnel Amos Magee and newly hired scout Harrison Heath are among two Loons employees who have been jet-setting around the globe in efforts to see talent in-person. Owner Bill McGuire views first-hand evaluation as an important step in appraising prospects.

8. Contract extension and option years for current players.

MNUFC is working on offers to a few players, Watson said. Some have options to be picked up by the club for 2023. Captain midfielder Wil Trapp’s contract for next year will automatically kick in when the 29-year-old reaches two-thirds of games played this season, the Pioneer Press has learned.

While these are some of the primary areas in play for MNUFC this summer, the club will continue to tinker with its available assets to reach ultimate goals. “Sometimes you need to make a deal to create space to then make the change you want to make,” Watson said.

If the Loons are able to set the table in the proper fashion, it could mean a big addition for Minnesota this transfer window.

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Bsnl will provide 5g services from next independence day, says Ashwini Vaishnaw

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Addressing the audience on the occasion, Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said, “Telecommunications is the gateway, the foundation of digital India. It is the means to bring digital services to every person.” .

Union Telecommunications Minister Ashwini Vaishnav today announced that BSNL will also provide 5G services from August 15 next year.

He said that in the next 6 months, 5G services will be available in over 200 cities. At the same time, efforts are being made to make 5G services available in 80-90% of the country within the next 2 years, as reported by the ANI news agency.

The launch of 5G services in India kicked off the sixth edition of India Mobile Congress in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi opened the expo ahead of the official launch of 5G services in India.

Addressing the audience on the occasion, the Union Telecom Minister said, “Telecom is the gateway, the foundation of digital India. It is the means of bringing digital services to each person”.

He also called the telecommunications industry a booming industry – a strategic growth industry, which is at the heart of all things digital. With the arrival of 5G, India hopes to emerge as a leader in telecommunications technology, the minister added. A sum of Rs 35,000 crore has been sanctioned for last mile connectivity, which means bringing 5G to every nook and corner of the country.

The telecommunications sector, Vaishnaw added, has seen many reforms over the years. With the help of the Prime Minister, there has been regulatory certainty in the industry, approvals have become easier and have been expedited.

Besides, BSNL also received a stimulus package of Rs 1.64 lakh crore. This support program is for four years, but 70% of it will be granted during the first two years. On the Rs 1.64 lakh crore, there will be cash support of Rs 44,000 crore, and the rest will be non-cash.

Vaishnaw had previously said that the results of this package will be seen within the next two years, and BSNL will finally roll out 4G services during this period.

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Sainted & Tainted: The saint who found it could have done a big sin

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This sainting goes to an incredible soul. I forgot my wallet in a shopping cart and the saint never stole.

It happened at Target Store on Robert Street. The humble saint who turned it in was quite discreet. Alas I recognized my mistake and returned to the Target store, imagining that cancelling my credit cards would be a big chore. But there it was, waiting for me in the customer service area. (You should have seen me, there was a bit of hysteria).

No one knows who turned my wallet in. The saint who found it surely could have done a big sin. There was cash inside, gift cards, and credit cards too. But the wonderful saint decided to eschew. Nothing was taken. My hope in humanity was waken. THANK YOU, kind soul, for returning my wallet and money. May you be blessed as an outstanding human being, as you are a honey.

Cheryl Bemel, Mendota Heights

 

Sainted and Tainted

Sainted: The state trooper and EMT personnel who helped get us out of harm’s way and assisted us after we were rear-ended on the notorious north-bound middle lane of the Lafayette Bridge.

Tainted: The creep who hit us and sped off, leaving us with a $7,000 repair bill.  The bonehead administration that was responsible for implementing the bridge departure lane scheme that has led to numerous accidents and the administration that refuses to fix it.

Ron Schroeder, South St. Paul

 

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Recently I buried the ashes of my much loved cat, Duffy Boy. He was with me for 17 years, and had become quite ill. The ache and sadness of letting him pass on to The Rainbow Bridge was softened by the genuine and heartfelt compassion from the staff at Rivertown Animal Hospital in Stillwater,

My sincere thanks to you all.

Carol Mayala, Stillwater

 

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A heartfelt sainted to the kind gentleman in the Frattalone jacket who picked up the tab for two 80+ year-old high school friends at the Vadnais Heights Perkins. I am recovering from a fractured spine so just getting out then and receiving such a super treat was very special.  Thank you, Sir!

Carol J. Rossi, Roseville

 

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I would like to give a big Sainted to a Cub employee at the White Bear Avenue location. My father went in to shop on Friday Sept. 23 and was having issues with his bank card This employee paid for my father’s groceries.

It’s amazing to see the kindness of others — we will pay it forward.

Brittany Paulsen, White Bear Lake

 

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A very, very tainted to the Pioneer Press. The U of M Gophers women’s volleyball program is first class and has been one of the top programs in the country for years but get virtually no coverage in this paper.

Our female athletes deserve better.

Dave Harvieux, Stillwater

 

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A big shout out goes to Dave and Matt, of the InWood HOA Board, for their act of kindness on Saturday, Aug. 27. On their own accord, they pruned the lower branches of the birch trees in the west rain garden of Lower 8th Place North in Lake Elmo.  They are to be Sainted for beautifying our loop.

Rosemary Peterson, Lake Elmo

 

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A “Sainted” to Bill Morelock and MPR’s Friday Favorites show for making my daughter’s 22nd birthday so special by playing her requests.  Not only did we enjoy it, but family across the state were able to simultaneously celebrate her birthday through the experience of beautiful music and Mr. Morelock’s excellent commentary. Well done and thank you!

Bev Farraher, White Bear Lake

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‘It’s mediocre’ – Arsenal legend Martin Keown hits back at Sir Alex Ferguson’s tactic after Manchester United icon Rio Ferdinand revealed the manager called the Gunners ‘babies’ during of a team conversation

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Arsenal legend Martin Keown was unimpressed with Rio Ferdinand’s revelations about talks with Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United side.

Earlier this week, Red Devils icon Ferdinand revealed Ferguson once referred to Arsenal players as ‘babies’ during a team chat.

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But Keown isn’t too happy to hear how he used to motivate his players

Speaking to William Hill’s Stripped podcast, the former centre-back and Premier League champion explained what Ferguson used to say to him and his team-mates ahead of clashes against title rivals such as Arsenal and Liverpool.

“He [Ferguson] just said, ‘I don’t even need to talk to you, really. It’s the worst Liverpool side I’ve ever seen on a team sheet,” Ferdinand said.

“That was it. And then yes, we won that day.

“And then something he used to say about Arsenal when talking to the team was, ‘Get in their face. They don’t like it, they can’t live without it.

“They are babies. Face them and you will win this game. Rio, you’re going to crush them, you’re going to dominate them…’”

And Keown – who played many games against Ferguson’s Man United for Arsenal – joined talkSPORT to give his reaction.

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“It’s poor, it’s poor,” Keown began on Friday’s White and Jordan show.

“It was not a good topic. I thought the great Alex Ferguson would have found a little more to do with the players to motivate them.

“Were they playing to stop us? Or were they playing to succeed themselves?

“In our dressing room, for [Arsene] Wenger, it was about us, not the opposition.

Keown Says He Much Preferred The Team Talks Of Arsenal's Most Successful Manager, Wenger

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Keown says he much preferred the team talks of Arsenal’s most successful manager, Wenger


Former Gunners manager Wenger clashed regularly with Ferguson on and off the pitch, with the pair of iconic managers often finding themselves at the top of the Premier League during their respective tenures.

Wenger was one of Keown’s managers during his time at Highbury, and the Frenchman led the Gunners to three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and seven Super Cups between 1996 and 2018.

Meanwhile, Ferguson has guided Man United to 13 Premier League trophies and two Champions Leagues.

But although the Red Devils legend has won more league titles, Keown says he much prefers Wenger’s managerial style, especially now that Ferguson’s team-talking style has been revealed.

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He continued: “I was in dressing rooms towards the end of my career where I went to work for a coach who would only ridicule the opposition coach.

“I didn’t learn anything from that. I was very motivated myself, but thinking back to Graham Taylor as club manager [he] was very good, George Graham of course very good, an extreme I guess [compared] to Arsene Wenger.

“But I preferred a silent approach, coming in at half-time you replay the game in your mind, work it out yourself and then you want to hear the manager.

“But when you walk in and they talk continuously, you can’t think straight.

“So I just needed a moment of calm, but then tell me what I need to know, and let’s go ahead and do it and improve and win the game.”

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ASK IRA: Is Heat’s Nikola Jovic on course for a waiting game?

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Q: Nikola Jovic was born when Kyle Lowry was at Villanova. That’s insane. – Eric.

A: Actually, Nikola Jovic was all of one year old when Kyle Lowry began his collegiate career in 2004, but that’s besides the point. What is most relevant is the contrast in ages and how the Heat are in win-now mode because of Kyle’s age. It is why that even for all the pleasantries that Kyle and Erik Spoelstra had Friday for Nikola, Jovic’s prime time for the Heat (if he remains with the Heat) could well come after Kyle’s Heat tenure expires. Nikola is raw but eager. His time will come. Just not now. That doesn’t mean that there can’t be moments this season, just that it would be wise not to expect too many.

Q: Tyler Herro deserves to be paid, especially if we have Duncan Robinson at $90 million riding the bench, with Tyler having outplayed him. Wouldn’t be mad if he left. – Lowell.

A: First, Tyler Herro is under contract for this season, so he isn’t going anywhere unless the Heat send him somewhere. And the Heat aren’t sending him anywhere unless a blockbuster presents itself. In the end, Tyler’s deal, whether from the Heat or elsewhere, will come in at an average far exceeding Duncan Robinson’s five-year deal. It’s just that once extended, he cannot be traded, which is why the delay. Nothing to get made about.

Q: Ira, I can’t help but to think that the Heat could save considerable dollars on Tyler Herro by signing him before the season starts. My thought would be that chances are pretty good that he will increase his signing value if he has this season to do that. Therefore, don’t you think they should go ahead and sign him and maybe save a little money, and, most importantly, secure Tyler Herro? Your thoughts? – Brent, Wellington.

A: There is a risk-reward element from both sides. If the Heat act now, then perhaps they could get ahead of Tyler Herro’s growth curve. But if Tyler waits for that growth curve, an injury could leave him with regrets. Victor Oladipo, and previous money not taken, is a stark example within clear view for Tyler. So, again, for both sides, risk-reward.

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Major U.S. stock indices repay their gains.

Lasting gains in US equities are hard to come by these days. One of the reasons is a him him him him him him him him him

The S&P index is approaching the 200-week moving average

Of course, what one thinks may not turn out as planned. Therefore, it is important to listen to the technical story. For the S&P index, I focus on the 200 week moving average at 3589.60 (see the green line in the chart above). The low price reached 3614.54 today.

A move below the 200-week moving average would tilt the longer-term bias further to the downside. Without it, and buyers are still technically in play.

Where we are now, it would take about 50 points down from the close to push the price below this level today. Can this happen? Sure. Regardless, going forward, this 200 week moving average will continue to be watched by traders for longer term bias cues. Moving below increases the bearish bias. Stay above and buyers cling to hope for a corrective bounce.

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SYDNEY (AP) — The names of the American team have changed, the dominance of the Americans has not changed.

A’ja Wilson scored 19 points, Kelsey Plum added 17 and the United States beat China 83-61 on Saturday to claim their fourth straight Women’s Basketball World Cup gold medal.

“It’s awesome,” said Wilson, who was named the tournament’s most valuable player. “We came here on a mission, we got it. We have gold. Now we are coming home with material. It does us good. Australia have been great with us. I didn’t see any kangaroos, but that’s fine because we’re leaving with a gold medal.

It was one of the most dominant teams in the history of the Americans in the World Cup which has now won 11 gold medals. They have now won four consecutive gold medals for the first time ever. It was also the biggest win in a gold medal game, surpassing the 20-point wins the Americans had won twice.

“Everyone wants to beat us. Everyone wants what we have, which is gold medals and wins,” said Breanna Stewart.

What started with Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi has now been passed down to Wilson and Stewart. With Alyssa Thomas the oldest player at 30, the dominance could go on for years to come.

“It’s been an incredible journey to continue to lay the groundwork like so many greats before us have done,” Wilson said. “Now it’s our turn to step in and be in this situation.”

As they have done in all tournaments, the Americans did it on both sides of the court, playing stellar defense as well as a powerful offense.

The United States (8-0) finished the World Cup with an average of 98.8 points – just shy of the mark held by the 1994 team which averaged 99.1. They won by an average of 40.8 points, surpassing the mark held by the 2010 team.

The match was sold out with nearly 16,000 fans – the largest crowd to attend a Women’s World Cup game since the inaugural tournament in 1953 in Chile.

Led by Li Yueru and Wu Tongtong, China lagged. The Chinese team trailed 33-28 at the end of the second quarter before the United States went on a 10-2 run highlighted by quick layups from Stewart and Wilson to extend the lead. double digit advantage.

Jin Weina hit a 3-pointer just before the halftime buzzer to bring China within 10.

The United States was just too good to let the upset happen, beating China 25-14 in third. The Americans had a scary moment when Thomas fell after colliding with Li in the lane. She was helped off the pitch, but returned minutes later.

“It was a tough match as we expected,” said Thomas. “This game is by no means easy. We stuck to it and got the win.

China won their first medal since the 1994 World Cup when the team also took silver and are a rising power in women’s basketball. After the game, the team posed for a photo with their flag and big man Yao Ming, who is the president of the Chinese Basketball Association.

Li finished with 19 points and Wu added 13 before leaving the game in the fourth quarter after his knee gave way on his way to the basket. She had to be taken off the field.

It is the 30th straight World Cup victory for the Americans, who have not lost since the 2006 semi-finals against Russia. The Soviet Union holds the World Cup record with 56 consecutive victories from 1959 to 1986. It is only the second time in the Americans’ storied history that they have won four straight gold medals. They also did it from 1979 to 1990, winning three times.

This American team, which has so many new faces, also continued to dominate the paint even without the 6-foot-8 Brittney Griner, outscoring their opponents by an average of 55-24.

These two teams met in pool and China gave the United States their toughest game, losing by 14 points.

CHAMPIONSHIP PEDIGREE

Wilson, Chelsea Gray and Plum are part of an incredible group that won a World Cup and a WNBA title in the same year. There have been 14 in total now.

WORLD OF WOMEN

FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis was pleased that half of the tournament officials were women and five of the 12 head coaches were women. China and the United States had women leading their teams, marking the second straight time that two female coaches qualified for the gold medal game.

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The United States were without Kahleah Copper for the second game in a row after injuring her left hip in the quarter-final win over Serbia. Copper landed hard on her hip on her way to the basket and had to be helped off the court. China were missing star guard Li Meng, who missed a second game in a row with what Chinese media reported as having a fever due to body fatigue.

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