The first half of Minnesota United's inaugural Major League Soccer season is complete. The Loons picked up 18 points from the first 17 matches, with 5 wins, 3 draws, and 9 losses. We're taking time this week to look back at the first part of the season as well as preview what's ahead.
On December 30th of last year, birsch wrote a piece predicting some of the headlines we'd see over the course of the 2017 season. Some were close to the mark, others not so much. Below, I review some of the headlines from the season so far, and make some guesses of my own for the rest of the year. For the headlines that have already happened, click on them to read the story and wade through the memories.
We were excited the second the two superheroes were reunited, and that excitement level never faded.
The former Gopher was brought in as the first female color commentator in MLS. Needless to say, she's been a great hiring decision by the club.
25% of United's four picks have made a regular season appearance. That's good, right?
It was the biggest deal in MLS history, and Molino has been a consistent starter.
Remember that Starikov guy? He's with the Cosmos now.
Sure, Femi showed potential, but Bobby's just been so good!
Next year, Adidas. Next year.
I'm lovin' it.
This has worked really well, and is much better than most clubs' options.
But hey, Christian Ramirez scored off the bench.
The embarassment kept me warm, though.
The start of something new.
Maybe Grant Wahl was right...
Cue the turnaround!
I SAID MAYBE!!
Everybody fails miserably sometimes.
Brent Kallman and Demidov should swap.
Don't worry, SKC got their fair share of goals later.
Turns out there were some contract problems, too. Nothing really came out of this though.
If Minnesota is actually going to sign this Scottish winger, they're taking their sweet time.
Another impressive home win for the Loons.
June (so far)
This match will be on July 15th. I'm excited.
It's fair to say Sporting had their revenge.
This was extremely impressive, and fun to watch.
Those are all the stories we've seen so far this season. The question arises, now, what will we see in the second half? Below, I take a guess at one headline we'll see each month until the year's end.
July: Minnesota United signs promising attacker, defensive depth
I mean, we really need both.
August: United loses key player to injury
It happens to every Minnesotan team, don't take it personally.
September: Loons pushing for final playoff spot
October: Minnesota falls out of playoffs with final day defeat to SKC
We'll really hate the BBQs now.
November: Somebody important rides off into the sunset
With a Minnesota winter on the way, I can't blame them.
December: Attention shifts to LAFC as Minnesota enters sophomore campaign
We'll all be thinking "we weren't that bad when we were that age". Actually, it'll probably be more like "why can't we have nice things like Los Angeles?".
Have a favorite story that has already happened? What do you think the rest of the season will look like? Let us know in the comments!