UFC® 139 FIGHT BETWEEN MAURICIO “SHOGUN” RUA AND DAN HENDERSON TO BE INDUCTED INTO UFC®

May 13, 2018

UFC® 139 FIGHT BETWEEN MAURICIO “SHOGUN” RUA AND DAN HENDERSON TO BE INDUCTED INTO UFC® HALL OF FAME

 

Las Vegas – UFC® today announced that the classic 2011 UFC® 139 fight between former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and UFC® 17 middleweight tournament champion and former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame’s ‘Fight Wing’ as a member of the class of 2018. The 2018 UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Thursday, July 5 at The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas and will be streamed live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS®.

 

“The first fight between Dan Henderson and Shogun Rua is one of the best fights I’ve ever seen,” UFC President Dana White said. “This fight represents everything that’s great about UFC and the sport of mixed martial arts. Dan came out dropping bombs and took control of the first three rounds, while Shogun was able to absorb a ton of punishment, win the fourth and push the fight to the brink in the fifth. This fight was so good that it was named the 2011 Fight of the Year and is still considered one of the top five fights in UFC history.  Congratulations to Dan Henderson and Shogun Rua on a fight that will forever be considered one of the greatest of all-time!”

 

As UFC’s first-ever event in San Jose, California, UFC® 139: SHOGUN vs. HENDERSON, which took place on November 11, 2011 at HP Pavilion, was headlined by the highly-anticipated meeting as both athletes came into this matchup following impressive victories. The main event was also set to make history as the first non-title five-round fight in UFC light heavyweight history and only the second non-title fight scheduled for five rounds in UFC history.

 

Henderson, a two-division world champion and 2005 middleweight grand prix champion during his tenure with PRIDE FC, entered the Octagon® with a 29-8 record, having won six of his last seven fights, including a first round TKO of former PRIDE FC heavyweight champion and 2004 PRIDE FC heavyweight grand prix champion Fedor Emelianenko. His other victories during this term included wins over former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin, former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping, former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Renato Sobral and former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Rafael Cavalcante.

 

“It’s awesome that this fight is being inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame,” Dan Henderson said. “I knew Shogun and I had thrown and landed a lot of big shots, but I had no idea people were calling it one of the best fights ever until the post-fight press conference. I had to watch the fight to appreciate how exciting it was. I’m honored that what Shogun and I went through that night is being remembered like this.”

 

Shogun arrived at HP Pavilion with a 20-5 record and wins in seven of his last 10 fights, having defeated UFC Hall of Famers Forrest Griffin, Chuck Liddell, Mark Coleman, former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman and former Strikeforce heavyweight champion and current UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem during this stretch.

 

“I am very happy for this honor,” Shogun Rua said. “I trained hard every day for that bout and the fight was crazy. I gave everything I had, all my heart in the Octagon. I didn’t win, but I know I gave my all and this fight was one of the best of my career.”
“Dan Henderson is a great guy and I respect him,” Rua continued. “We gave the fans a special fight that night and I’m proud that the fans still talk about it and that it is part of UFC history. I’m going to display my Hall of Fame trophy alongside my championship belts and show this fight to my grandkids, son and all of their friends one day.”

 

Shogun opened the first round by taking down Henderson 45 seconds into the fight, but Dan’s counter resulted in a guillotine attempt and barrage of punches that immediately cut Rua over his left eye. Henderson then connected with his famed “H-Bomb” right hook which decked the Brazilian. Rua then caught Henderson with a right cross counter that put him on the canvas. Henderson almost finished Shogun in the third round, dropping the 2005 PRIDE FC middleweight grand prix champion with another hook before unloading over a dozen strikes as the referee came close to stopping the fight.

 

At the end of the third round, Henderson had out-struck Shogun 69 – 47 in power strikes.

 

Shogun launched a valiant comeback attempt during rounds four and five, coming within seconds of submitting Henderson via choke in the early seconds of the fourth. Overall, Rua was the aggressor during the final two rounds, connecting on 79 total strikes while Henderson only landed eight.

 

Both athletes were exhausted going into the fifth round, with Henderson’s coaches explicitly telling him not to stand and strike with Shogun. Each fighter mounted attempts to finish the fight during the fifth, but the bout ultimately went the distance. At the conclusion of the fifth round, Henderson captured the victory via unanimous decision.

 

“It’s crazy to think that without this being a five-round fight, we would have never known that Shogun could come back in the next two rounds and that Dan Henderson would have been able to last through five and win by unanimous decision,” noted White.

 

Both athletes combined to land 304 total strikes, which tied for the second-most in UFC light heavyweight history at the time, and ranks third in the division all time. Of the 304 strikes, their combined 173 power punches currently rank second all-time in UFC light heavyweight history.

 

One key aspect of Shogun’s strategy of attempting to take down Henderson, a two-time member of the United States Olympic Wrestling team (1992, 1996), surprised everyone, but Rua successfully notched five, more than any other fighter who faced Henderson during his career. Rua landed a total of 96 power strikes during the fight, the most he’s ever tallied in a fight in his career.

 

Both fighters endured more strikes over the course of this bout than they ever had during their careers. Henderson connected on 77 strikes, with Shogun landing 96, both career highs at the time.

 

The pair met for a rematch at UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: SHOGUN vs. HENDERSON 2 on March 23, 2014 in Natal, Brazil. Henderson would defeat Shogun for a second time, via TKO in the third round, after another classic that was almost as exciting as their first encounter. Henderson fought 10 more times in UFC, retiring in 2016.

 

Shogun has fought nine times in UFC since his first legendary matchup with Henderson in San Jose. Rua is currently on a three-fight winning streak and headlines UFC’s return to Hamburg, Germany with UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: VOLKAN vs. SHOGUN on Sunday, July 22.

 

The remaining inductees of the UFC Hall of Fame class of 2018 will be announced in the coming weeks leading to the 7th Annual UFC International Fight Week™, which takes place from Monday, July 2 through Sunday, July 8 in Las Vegas.

 

To see a complete list of UFC athletes and fights enshrined in the UFC Hall of Fame, as well as details regarding the UFC Hall of Fame format, please visit UFCHOFFAQ. For additional information, please visit UFC.com.

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Kovalev-Alvarez 8/4 at Hard Rock Atlantic City Live on HBO!

May 13, 2018
Sergey Kovalev vs. Eleider Alvarez Set for 
Saturday, August 4 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Atlantic City
Televised Live on HBO World Championship Boxing®
Atlantic City, N.J. – May 12, 2018 – Two-time light heavyweight world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (32-2-1, 28 KOs) puts his WBO Light Heavyweight World Title on the line against long-time WBC Light Heavyweight number one Contender Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (23-0, 11 KOs) at the Etess Arena in the brand new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City on Saturday, August 4, 2018. The event, promoted by Main Events and Krusher Promotions in association with Groupe Yvon Michel, will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. This will mark Kovalev’s 14th appearance on HBO® with Alvarez making his network debut.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 18.
Kovalev vs. Alvarez will be the first professional boxing event to take place at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, which opens on June 28. Kovalev, 35, of Chelyabinsk, Russia, will be fighting for the fourth time in Atlantic City, including his 2014 victory over future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins, which unified three of the four light heavyweight world titles. The only light heavyweight world title Kovalev has not had the chance to win belongs to WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson. Kovalev and Stevenson have come close to getting in the ring several times, but “Superman” seems set on avoiding the hard-hitting Russian.
Undefeated Eleider Alvarez also knows a little something about being avoided by Stevenson. Alvarez defeated Isaac Chilemba in 2015 to secure the WBC mandatory position and the opportunity to face Adonis for his piece of the light heavyweight crown. Since then, Alvarez is 4-0 with notable wins over former world champions Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute. After more than two years since becoming the mandatory contender and almost one year since his last fight, Stevenson still has not agreed to fight Alvarez, so Eleider jumped at the opportunity to face Kovalev for the WBO World Title when the offer arrived.
Kovalev explained, “Alvarez has earned his title shot but Chickenson dodged him; just like he dodged me. I want to fight the best in my division. Alvarez took the fight with me without hesitation. I respect that and I am excited to face him in my return to Atlantic City.”
Egis Klimas, Sergey’s manager, added, “Eleider Alvarez is a great competitor. That is probably why Stevenson refused to fight him. Sergey will face anyone, any time, any place. If Adonis is too scared to take the fight, Sergey is happy to step up and fight Alvarez. He earned this opportunity.”
Main Events’ CEO and Kovalev’s promoter, Kathy Duva, said, “Entering our 40th year in this business, we are so excited to return to Atlantic City and honored to be the first fight in this beautiful new venue. Atlantic City, and the Etess Arena in particular, were home to so many amazing fights with Evander Holyfield, Michael Moorer, and the late, great Arturo Gatti, just to name a few. The Atlantic City fans have always come out to support Sergey and, fortuitously, this event will take place during the French-Canadian Construction Holiday when the Jersey Shore fills up with vacationers from Quebec. We’re going to have a great crowd on August 4th!”
According to Alvarez, “I am extremely happy. I said yes as soon as I had the offer! I waited for a long time to get a shot at a world title. I don’t want to hear about Adonis Stevenson anymore: I am focused on Sergey Kovalev! I am really motivated, it is a huge fight against a really high-class opponent. Kovalev is right now the best fighter of the division. I wanted to fight in a world championship bout to show my talent and now I finally have the opportunity. I know it is a really hard fight, but I will work hard to become world champion. This is my dream. I am a boxer who loves challenge and who performs at my best when I am challenged. I now have what I want. Kovalev is an all-around solid fighter, with a good jab, good technique and a hard puncher, but my trainer knows him well! I have no doubt, I will be the next WBO champion.”
Alvarez’s promoter, Yvon Michel, added, “The experience that Eleider Alvarez has now makes gives him solid chances to win that important clash! He is fighting with passion and adrenaline. He deserves his world title fight in front of his crowd. I am convinced that Eleider Alvarez has what it takes to beat Sergey Kovalev and to bring a third light heavyweight title back in Quebec!”
Eleider is managed by Stéphane Lépine, who explained, “The offer from Kathy Duva arrived and we were really happy. Fighting against Sergey Kovalev, an established and recognized name of the boxing world, on HBO, we couldn’t ask for any better opportunity! For me, it was a no brainer; we had to accept that amazing offer. We were also too tired to wait for Adonis Stevenson.”
Marc Ramsay, Eleider’s trainer, has faced Kovalev before as the trainer for Jean Pascal. He said, “‘Eleider is an experienced fighter, he has fought in other opponent’s backyard, he also fought in front of huge home crowd. We were waiting for a title shot for so long, he is now very ready to perform. The objective for him when we started together in the pro ranks was to become world championship fight. That is a promise I made him when he arrived in Montreal from Colombia. I am really confident that Eleider have what it takes to become world champion.”
“Sergey Kovalev will face his toughest opponent in over a year in undefeated Eleider Alvarez when World Championship Boxing returns to Atlantic City,” said Peter Nelson, Executive Vice President, HBO Sports. “The boardwalk has been the site of many memorable moments throughout the years and we look forward to this light heavyweight title showdown on August 4.”
“We are thrilled to bring championship boxing to the Boardwalk and to host it at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City. This event will mark the first sporting event at Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena which is all new and a venue that our boxing fans will truly enjoy. Our world-class facility will be the ultimate location for events and entertainment”, stated Bernie Dillion, vice president of entertainment at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City.
About Kovalev-Alvarez: In the first boxing event at the newly opened Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev will defend his WBO Light Heavyweight World Title against undefeated contender Eleider “Storm” Alvarez on Saturday, August 4, 2018. The event is promoted by Main Events and Krusher Promotions in association with Groupe Yvon Michel and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing® beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, May 18 and will be available through the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Box Office and Ticketmaster.
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Minnesota United FC. Cae Ante San Jose 3-1

May 12, 2018

Minnesota United 1-3 San Jose Earthquakes
TCF Bank Stadium
Minneapolis, MN.

Minnesota United F.C vuelve a casa tras el partido disputado entre semana en contra de Los Angeles F.C que perdieron 2-0 en California.

La accion en empezó con un
Gol de Magnus Eriksson al minuto 2 por la via del penal para San Jose Quakes

San Jose parecía tener el dominio del encuentro con muchas llegadas al arco del Minnesota united pero Minnesota tomo el rumbo del partido ya que al minuto
26 Christian Ramirez logro concretar un gol por una equivocación del defensor de San Jose
Ramirez aprovecho y de fuera del area le pego un derechazo que se metió al ángulo derecho del portero sin oportunidad de hacer nada. Así se empata el encuentro

Fue un gran encuentro de ida y vuelta

Al minuto 41 Christian Ramirez se fallo una grande oportunidad que le hubiera dado la ventaja a su equipo ya que estaba solo contra el portero pero no pudo concretar la jugada.

Minuto 43 Miguel Ibarra creo otra oportunidad para el united ya que tuvo un claro disparo hacia la portería pero el portero de San Jose le tapo su disparo

Minnesota United termina la primera mitad controlando el encuentro tuvo varias posibilidades de meter otro goal pero no pudieron concretar las oportunidades

Minuto 69 gol de San Jose Earthquakes
Gol de Danny Hoesen por asistencia de C. Wondolowski

Y de nuevo al Minuto 77 Gol de C.Wondolowski por la via del penal en una jugada polémica y poner el marcador final 3-1 a favor de San Jose.

Aunque Minnesota tuvo mas llegas perdió el encuentro con un contundente San Jose Earthquakes  que aprovecho todas las oportunidades que se le presentaron y así Minnesota United F.C suma su segunda derrota consecutiva.

Minnesota United FC Starting XI: GK Bobby Shuttleworth; D Jerome Thiesson, Michael Boxall, Francisco Calvo, Eric Miller; M Rasmus Schuller, Ibson, Miguel Ibarra, Alexi Gomez (Frantz Pangop 77’), Darwin Quintero; F Christian Ramirez (Mason Toye 77’)

San Jose Earthquakes: GK Andrew Tarbell; D Nick Lima, Harold Cummings, Florian Jungwirth, Shea Salinas; M Magnus Eriksson, Jackson Yueill (Fatai Alashe 63’), Anibal Godoy, Valeri Qazaihvili (Jimmy Ockford 90’); F Danny Hoesen, Jahmir Hyka (Chris Wondolowski 55’)

 

Asistencia 19,721

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Juan Robles
Fotos: Uzizaret Padilla

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Mets Caen 2-0 Ante Colorado Rockies

May 6, 2018

Nueva York, NY- May-5-Bereavision-Los Mets pierden 2 carreras a 0 ante el Colorado Rockies en juego muy cerrado fue muy difícil para los Mets anotar una carrera en nueve entradas, aun teniendo la ventaja de local donde la afición los apoyaba al máximo, en la primer entrada Colorado aventaja a una carrera, la cual aumento la presión aun mas para los Mets, ya que el en juego anterior lo habían perdido 8-7 carreras ante los Colorado.

Hoy estaban obligados a ganar, pero el Pitcheo de ambos equipos no permitieron que entrara ninguna carrera,  Céspedes logro hacer lo suyo, pero llegaron hasta la octava entrada sin hacer ninguna carrera,  pero Colorado con una ventaja, logro cerrar el juego en la novena entrada con una carrera mas para poner el marcador final 2-0 a favor de colorado.

A esta derrota se suman cinco partidos perdidos consecutivamente, desde que comenzó la temporada, lo peor para los Mets es que están perdiendo a Domicilio, la afición salió del estadio no muy contentos con este resultado, pero aun así esperan que su equipo logre recuperarse de esta racha de partidos perdidos en casa.

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Foto/Video: Carlos Alor R.

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Goleada en el Clásico Neoyorquino New York Red Bulls 4-0 New York City FC

May 5, 2018

Nueva York, NY- Bereavision-Después de sacar un excelente resultado de visita ante LA Galaxy , los Red Bulls esperaba con ansia a los lideres de la conferencia del Este NYCFC que vienen haciendo una muy buena campaña esta temporada pero cuando se trata de un clásico o (derby) como lo quieran llamar, todo puede pasar .

Muy temprano en el partido el marcador se puso a favor de los locales a los minutos el refuerzo de lujo Romero Gamarra anota el primero para Red Bulls ante la euforia de sus aficionados que desde temprano el partido y se estaba ganando , 2 minutos mas tardes llego el segundo gol como un balazo de agua fría para los blues que no podían entender como tan rápido estaban cayendo ante los sextos de la tabla general , pero debemos recordar que un clásico es un partido aparte donde el resultado es muy incierto .

Llegamos a la segunda parte con la ventaja a favor de New Red Bulls y donde se veía que NYCFC no tenia muchas posibilidades de empatar ya que el dominio estaba siendo total de los jugadores de casa pues a estas alturas del juego la ventaja era de tres a favor de New Red Bulls puesto que Wright Phillips anoto de cabeza tras un contra ataque de los carrileros de los dirigidos por Jesse que les pedía anotar mas goles cada que tuvieran la oportunidad .

En la recta final de partido Etienne JR les dio a los visitantes la estocada final para que el partido terminara en goleada y con una maniobra de destreza y velocidad llego el cuarto tanto para Red Bulls para sellar el marcador final, de esta manera NYRB escala unas cuantas posiciones importantes ya que la victoria impide que lo líderes acumulen puntos y se queden sin avanzar este fin se semana.

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Levi Morales
Fotos/Video: Manuel Mendieta

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Entrenamiento de Minnesota United F.C

May 4, 2018

Mayo 4, 2018
National Sports Center
Blaine, MN

Hoy viernes se llevo acabo el último entrenamiento de Minnesota United F.C para preparación del encuentro que tendrá en este Sábado 5 de Mayo en contra de del equipo canadiense los Vancouver WhiteCaps.
El mayor enfoque del entrenamiento fue en la defensa ya que en los últimos encuentros a carecía en lo defensivo. Es uno de los equipos que más goles a recibo y por ese motivo la preocupación del técnico Adrián Heath es en lo defensivo. Ya que se enfrentarán contra un equipo rápido y con un buen ataca.

El equipo está sufriendo últimamente de muchas lesiones y el técnico se manifestó preocupado por eso, pero mencionó en la rueda de prensa “que no hay de otra que esto es así tiene que encontrar una solución a tanta lesión ”.

Y por eso esta semana hubo cambios en el equipo y entrecambiaron al mediocampistas Sam Nicholson por el defensa de los Colorado Rapids Eric Miller. Este se muestro emocionado por estar con su nuevo equipo el Minnesota United ya que es originario de Woodbury, Minnesota. “Me siento feliz de estar aquí enfrente de mi gente y de poder jugar enfrente de mi familia. Y estoy listo para jugar cuando el entrenador lo decida.” Dijo Miller.
Y así se espera que el joven haga su debut con sus nuevos compañeros este sábado.

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Uzizaret Padilla
Juan Robles

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NYCFC 3-1 FC DALLAS: David Villa Anota su GOL 400

May 2, 2018

Nueva York, NY- Bereavision-New York City añade tres puntos mas en la tabla general de la conferencia del este, tras vencer al FC Dallas 3-1 con un gol de Jesus Medina en una jugada creada por David Villa y segundo gol fue nada mas ni menos que del el capitán David Villa desde la  pena máxima acumulando  el gol 400 de su carrera pero el 401 llego con un doblete de David Villa, y para celebrar, el próximo partido se regalaran cintas del capitán David Villa durante vaya transcurriendo los minutos del partido.

En conferencia de prensa David Villa menciono como se sentía ante este gol 400 en su carrera como deportista.

Cometimos muchos errores en Portland, pero hoy olvidamos todos esos errores el día de hoy ganamos a Dallas un grande equipo, tuvimos un buen rendimiento en el equipo, estoy feliz.

Quiero descansar, he estado un mes fuera, poco a poco voy volviendo al equipo y bueno han sido dos partidos anterior a estos, en que he tenido que jugar en tour, no me quejo obviamente me conocéis que no me quejo por jugar en tour, pero obviamente es mucho mas difícil para tu físico y hoy estoy contento con el rendimiento que he tenido, pero hoy estoy bastantemente cansado obviamente necesito descansar.

No se muy bien cuantos días nos ha dado Patrick libres, no se tengo que chequear ahora si que nada descansar y pensar lo antes posible en Red Bulls, porque esto no se acaba, celebras cuando se termina el trabajo y para mi cabeza el trabajo no esta terminado, simplemente he hecho dos goles que han servido para hacer tres puntos para el equipo y estoy contento por ello pero el trabajo no ha terminado.

Por su Parte Patrick muy contento por el desempeño de su equipo y muy feliz por el resultado de hoy vencer 3-1 al FC Dallas creo que jugamos contra uno de los mejores equipos de la liga, hacia mención en conferencia de Prensa.

Próximo partido será este sábado 5 de Mayo, ante el New York Red Bulls un clásico que se viene jugando desde que el New York City FC llegara a la MLS.

 

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Carlos Alor Rodriguez
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New York Red Bulls Sign Homegrown Midfielder Sean Davis To New MLS Contract

Apr 29, 2018
New Jersey Native Signs New Deal with Hometown Club
HARRISON, N.J. (April 27, 2018) –  The New York Red Bulls have signed Homegrown midfielder Sean Davis to a new MLS contract, the club announced today.
Davis, 25, has been an integral part of the Red Bulls since his Homegrown deal began in 2015. The Holmdel, New Jersey, native has appeared in 89 matches and started 59 across all competitions. Davis has seen action in all four major competitions, recording six goals and 11 assists. He had his best statistical season last year, starting in 21 of 27 matches with two goals and four assists.
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“We are all very pleased to make this announcement,” said Red Bulls Sporting Director Denis Hamlett. “Sean has grown tremendously as a player and a person in his time here and earned this contract.”
Coming through the Red Bulls system, Davis was part of the Red Bulls U-23 team that captured the NPSL Championship in 2014. He capped off the season as a starter in the championship match and assisted the game-winning goal. Davis also spent two seasons with the Red Bulls U-18s, starting 50 matches, which included a team-best 31 starts in his second season.
“We’re excited to have Sean here long term,” said Red Bulls Head Coach Jesse Marsch. “Sean represents everything that is great about our club, an academy product that has become a major part of our team and represents us well. We know he is going to be a big part of our team moving forward.”
Davis was a four-year standout at Duke University, succeeding both on and off the field. On the pitch, he was named the 2014 ACC Midfielder of the Year and placed on both the 2014 All-ACC first team and All-ACC Second team twice. Off the pitch, he was a three-time All-ACC Academic team and placed to the ACC-Academic Honor Roll three times.
“I’m happy to continue my career with an organization that has helped me grow into the person and player I am today,” said Davis. “This is a great opportunity to thank family, friends, teammates, coaches and fans for all their support over the years. I’d also like to thank all of the New York Red Bull employees for the hard work they do behind the scenes. I’m proud to be a part of this club.”
Transaction:  New York Red Bulls sign Homegrown midfielder Sean Davis to a new MLS contract on April 27, 2018.
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LOONS BEGIN HOMESTAND WITH 2-1 WIN OVER HOUSTON

Apr 29, 2018
Goals from Ibson and Quintero earn all three points for MNUFC

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (April 28, 2018) — Goals from Darwin Quintero and Ibson lead Minnesota United (3-5-0, 9 points) to a 2-1 win over the visiting Houston Dynamo (2-3-2, 8 points), taking three points in its first match of a six-match stretch in which MNUFC plays five matches at home.

“Hopefully it gives us something to build on,” said Head Coach Adrian Heath. “Sometimes you get your rewards at different times. I honestly thought we got a little bit of a reward for some of our play in the last few weeks. It showed great character, teamwork and belief from the guys to dig themselves out of the hole.”

The Loons had to dig themselves out of a less than auspicious start, after Houston’s Alberth Elis opened the scoring in the 10th minute – finding space behind the defense to receive and tap home a low cross from Romell Quioto. MNUFC’s troubles were further compounded in the 30th minute when Christian Ramirez was subbed off with an apparent hamstring injury.

“We’ll know more tomorrow when it settles down a little bit,” Heath said. “Hamstrings are never good for anybody. So we’ll see.”

Ramirez had been the Loons most dangerous player to that point, creating a pair of close calls in the 20th and 26th minutes with a header from a corner and a long-range chip from just inside midfield that nearly found the top right corner.

With yet another of the team’s primary attacking threats sidelined, Darwin Quintero stepped up to fill the void. Quintero showed his ability to create as he leveled the score at one in the 40th minute. Quintero dished to Ibarra, made a run into the box, received the ball back from Ibarra for a headed effort that deflected off the Dynamo defender’s arm and drew a penalty that Quintero coolly converted just inside the right post.

The goal was Quintero’s second to go along with one assist in three games since joining MNUFC from Club America.

“Darwin showed glimpses of unbelievable ability and he’ll be better for another 90 minutes under his belt,” Heath said. “You can already see that quality he’s got. As we start to learn more about him, and he learns more about us, that will certainly be a plus for us moving forward.”

Making his second-straight start, Bobby Shuttleworth turned away four Dynamo chances but no save proved bigger than his highlight reel-worthy stop in the 66th minute. Houston’s DeMarcus Beasley served in a well-placed cross for Mauro Manotas but a sprawling Shuttleworth reached back to deny his headed effort.

The save kept the match level at one and set the stage for Ibson’s heroics just minutes later.

“That was a big save,” Heath said. “You need keepers to make big saves at appropriate times. I thought it kept us in the game.”

With the score even at one, Houston applied heavy pressure and monopolized possession to start the second half, which forced Heath to change his formation to something closer to a 4-3-3—a move he credited with changing the flow of the game and allowing the free-roaming Ibson to find the space in the box he needed to slot home the match-winner.

The Brazilian deftly back-heeled Miguel Ibarra’s service into the box underneath a sprawling defender for his second goal of the campaign and Ibarra’s team-leading third assist.

“It was a great finish,” Heath said. “As soon as we changed the shape, it changed the way the game went. We started to get more and more on the ball and we started to play in their half a bit more.”

The win also marked the MNUFC debut for loanee Alexi Gomez, who came on for Ibson in the 78th minute and quickly showed promising passing chemistry with Quintero that led to a pair of chances.

Minnesota United FC returns home to TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, May 5 to take on Vancouver Whitecaps FC in a 1:00 p.m. CT start. Pre-match coverage gets underway at 12:30 p.m. on FOX Sports North or streaming on FOX Sports Go and MNUFC Radio on 1500 ESPN.

Lineups

Minnesota United FC Starting XI: GK Bobby Shuttleworth; D Carter Manley, Michael Boxall, Francisco Calvo, Jerome Thiesson; M Rasmus Schuller, Ibson (Alexi Gomez 78’), Sam Nicholson (Collin Martin, 67’), Miguel Ibarra, Darwin Quintero; F Christian Ramirez (Mason Toye 30’)

MIN Unused Subs: GK Matt Lampson; D Brent Kallman; M Harrison Heath, Frantz Pangop

Houston Dynamo Starting XI: GK Joe Willis; D Andrew Wenger, Alejandro Fuenmayor, Leonardo, DaMarcus Beasley; M Boniek Garcia, Tomas Martinez (Mac Steeves 77’), Darwin Ceren; F Alberth Elis (Arturo Alvarez 84’), Mauro Rodriguez, Romell Quioto (Memo Rodriguez 87’)

HOU Unused Subs: GK Chris Seitz; D Adolfo Machado; M Eric Alexander, Luis Gil

Match Events

Goals
10’ — Elis (Quioto, Martinez) — HOU
40’ — Quintero (PK) — MIN
70’ — Ibson (Ibarra, Martin) — MIN

Discipline
39’ — Fuenmayor (YC) — HOU
55’ — Darwin Ceren (YC) — HOU
65’ — Schuller (YC) — MIN

MINNESOTA UNITED QUOTES SHEET

MNUFC HEAD COACH ADRIAN HEATH 

On what three points do to hit the reset button …

Well, hopefully it gives us something to build from. A little platform to build from. And as I’ve just said to the guys, sometimes you get your rewards at different times. And I honestly thought that we got a little bit of reward for it, some of our play in the last few weeks. Today wasn’t as pretty as I would have liked. Especially with the start they got. It showed great character, teamwork and belief from the guys to dig themselves out of the hole. So obviously pleased with it and we have to keep building. Obviously losing Christian [Ramirez] as well. Hopefully it’s not too bad. We’ll see how he is tomorrow. But it’s another big blow on the back of Ethan [Finlay] and [Kevin] Molino and [Sam] Cronin. You know, it’s not a good situation for us at this moment in time. So, to grind out a result in the way that we did is very pleasing.

On specifics of Christian Ramirez’s injury …

We think it’s a hamstring strain. So, we’ll know more tomorrow when it settles down a little bit. But, you know hamstrings are never good for anybody. So, we’ll see. We’ll see how we are tomorrow.

On Mason Toye’s performance …

Some good little pieces. Some good little moments. You know, he’s still learning the game. Gotta know where to run and when to run. But he has lots of natural ability. The one where he turned the guy in the box, typical example of what he is. If we can get him isolated against one, he’s got tricks to beat people. And I thought he got a hold of it a little better. Competed in the air a bit better than he has been doing for his size. But he’s still a project. He’s still got an awful lot of work to do. You know, the way the game turns around, he’s maybe going to get an opportunity now. Sometimes quicker than you think. But it’s up to him to keep working hard, listening, and hopefully taking what he’s doing well onto the field.

On Carter Manley’s performance …

And he had another one tonight. He’s playing against [Romell] Quioto. As I said before, him and [Alberth] Elis are probably as quick as anyone in the league. You know, he had a little mistake late on when the ball went under his foot. But he stuck at it. And as I say, he’ll be a lot better for the games that he’s had under his belt the next few weeks. He’ll be delighted to maybe play against somebody that’s probably not going to fly a winger against him. Because he can enjoy playing a little bit more.

On the team’s performance as a whole …

On the whole, I was pleased with the commitment and the shape of the team. And as I say, it’s a big win for us to move on from. Hopefully this is a little platform. A little springboard for us to get some wins at home in the next few weeks.

On Bobby Shuttleworth’s point-blank save …

Big save. Need keepers. Goals change games. And you need keepers to make big saves at appropriate times. And I thought it kept us in the game. They were pushing forward at that particular time. It was a great ball in, great cross, good header. And it’s a great save.

On his level of concern when the team conceded early again …

Always. Because as I said in the week. Against this team, these are probably as dangerous as anybody on the counterattack in MLS. That’s why you see them games like you did early in the season, when they beat Atlanta. Atlanta had the ball and were in their half for every goal of the game conceded. So, the thing that you don’t want to be doing is chasing the game and that was my only worry. Conceding that early, people get desperate and start to chase the game and do things that they shouldn’t. And then that leaves it in even more space for them to utilize, which with their speed and the front three, is difficult. Hard to combat at times.

On Jerome Thiesson’s performance …

I thought Jerry did really well actually against Elis. Because he’s really difficult to handle.

On Ibson’s goal and if he was out of position …

Probably. Running out of place again. But no, it was a great finish, again. And it obviously just changed the shape a little bit. At that stage we’d gone to more of a 4-3-3. And obviously Darwin [Quintero] has done it before.

On Darwin Quintero’s performance in his home debut …

I thought Darwin showed glimpses of unbelievable ability and he’ll be better for another 90 minutes under his belt. To get that extra bit of sharpness. But you can already see the quality he’s got. And as we start to learn more about him and he learns more about us, that will certainly be a plus for us moving forward.

On Ibson and Rasmus Schuller both having a roaming playing style …

Yeah. I think at times when they play three in there, because they play their No. 10 in there, against the two midfield players as well, it’s difficult for them at times. And that was the reason I changed the shape. Because we have to get a footing in the game. They had about a 15-minute spare in the second half where we really couldn’t get out of our own half and we couldn’t get any quality possession. As soon as we changed the shape, actually, it changed the way the game went again. We started to get more and more on the ball and we started to play in their half a bit more. So, it’s one of those tweaks in the system that makes you look like you know what you’re doing.

On playing three in the midfield and if he is going to do that more moving forward …

It’s something that we’ve spoke about before. Because I’ve seen Alexi Gómez play in that attacking sort of role as a three central-midfield players. But we’ve got enough bodies in there now to do that on the road. And it showed that Darwin has played that role before. Very sensibly getting his position nice and early, defensively. But really using, on the counterattack, when the ball turns over, using that space in between. So those would maybe give us something to think about moving forward.

On what he thought about the guys that made their season debuts …

Well, you know what Collin [Martin] is all about. He’s been working really hard in training. And Alexi, he hasn’t played a lot of football of late, but he showed some nice touches. We know he’s athletic. We know he’s got a great left foot. So, we’re pleased we got him on the field. He’ll be better for next week, too.

On his roster as the transfer window shuts on May 1 …

Well, that was probably a little bit better about a week or so ago. Ethan was still going and Christian hadn’t got injured. Hey, we’ll see what we can do. I think this week will be a little bit busy for a few clubs. And if something came about that we thought would help us moving forward, then we might be interested. If not, we’ll stay with what we’ve got. And we’ll work with the group that we have. And if they work as hard as they’ve done tonight, then we’ll get points.

MNUFC GOALKEEPER BOBBY SHUTTLEWORTH

On the mindset when the team conceded early again …

Yeah. It’s frustrating. I mean, seems like we’re doing the same stuff in training. Going over it. The managers told us our responsibilities. And it’s something we go over every single week. And we just kind of keep conceding the same type of goal. So, I think it’s definitely frustration, but then you just have to put it past you. I think we did a good job rebounding from that.

On what he saw on the Houston goal …

Well, he just got played in and I think he does a really good job of putting that cross between myself, and [Michael Boxall] and [Francisco] Calvo with pace. Elis is kind of lurking on the back post, like he usually is.

On his save in the 66th minute …

Yeah, I think they kind of were exploiting a lot of space down our right side. Easily played a ball in and couldn’t come forward. So, just dropped back to the line and tried to react as best as I could, and not give up a big rebound.

On if his save in the 66th minute was a turning point for the team …

Yeah. I mean, that’s my job. To make saves back there. So obviously that’s a bigger one, with it being 1-1 at the time. That’s something that hopefully the goalkeepers can do going forward.

On being able to snap the losing streak, and start a home stand now …

It’s a big boost. I don’t think, we haven’t started the season great. And I think there’s been some good performances and we’ve played well at times and played poorly at times. I think this is a good step forward for us, but it’s just the first step. And we do have a bunch at home here. And it’s important for us, if we do want to make a playoff push here, we gotta make this place a fortress and we gotta pick up points at home. Like I said, first step going forward, is back to work on Monday.

On what it means to play a couple of matches after sitting a few …

Yeah, I mean, I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t frustrating. I was dealing with some vertigo in preseason and it took me a while to shake all that. So, it’s a position I’ve been in before. I’ve been around the block, I’ve been playing for a while now. Just continue to work hard in training, and if my number is called, I’ll be ready to roll.

On what brought on the vertigo …

I’ve gotten it before. It’s just kind of something that comes and goes. I haven’t had it for probably three or four years now, but it lasted a little bit longer than it usually does.

MNUFC MIDFIELDER MIGUEL IBARRA 

On getting three points … 

We deserved it from our past games. I mean, at home we’re hard to beat. We had to put up a performance to get three points out of it.

On shifting the game plan with the substitutions of Mason Toye and Alexi Gómez …

I haven’t really played with Alexi. We’ve had maybe two or three practices with him. And Mason, we already know what he’s all about. Just energy up front. Our game plan was put Mason in, he’s going to run. Alexi came in and he helped us out a lot combining with Darwin. Those were some positive moves for us.

On recovering after conceding early to score twice and get the win … 

We talked about it before the game. If we concede one goal, let’s not put our heads down. It’s just one goal and everybody can come back from a goal. Again, we conceded early. We have to work on that again. Coming from behind again is not what we want. We want to hit the net first. Fortunately, we were able to defend well and not concede a second goal and were able to put two in the back of the net.

On what changed when Christian Ramirez was subbed off … 

Christian is more of a hold-up player, so we were kind of looking forward to playing up top with him and Quintero. Once we knew Mason was coming in we knew he was kind of a different player than Christian. Mason likes to do the runs in behind the shoulders of the defenders. His work ethic up there helped us out a lot.

On matching up against DaMarcus Beasley … 

Before the game the [coaching staff] told me he’s already a little bit aged so go at him. Go at him with your speed and you’ll be able to beat him. My plan was just stay out wide and try to go at him as much as possible.

On starting the past few matches and mixing in with the attacking players … 

I think from last year to this year my confidence has been boosted a lot. Now loosing Ethan and Kevin Molino, it’s just helped me to saying I’ve got to step it up and help the team out because I know they have confidence in me. I just got to keep working hard. Darwin has been helping me, Calvo has been helping me. Giving me confidence. They’ve been a big boost to me.

On providing the assist to Ibson’s goal … 

My instinct was just this little slip in. On the corner, again, they gave it to me. My instinct was just whip it in. Someone is going to be there and fortunately it was Ibson again. I don’t know how he’s always there. He said he didn’t think I saw him. If I would’ve hit it over him he probably would have let me have it. My instinct was just hit in there. Maybe there’s a deflection or whatever. It’s going to go in.

On Ibson always finding passes … 

Just another body in the box. So, him being in there … you don’t really see him in there and defenders don’t really pay attention to him as much. But I’m glad he was in there.

On stressing three points to start this home stretch … 

We have five or six games at home, so we’re a hard team to beat at home. I think for us to get three points every game at home is a big stretch us. So that’s our mentality right now. We just got three points tonight and now we focus on the next game.

MNUFC FORWARD MASON TOYE 

On his first performance with big minutes … 

I thought as the game progressed I kind of found my feet and I gained a little bit of confidence. You know, in the beginning it was a little shaky. I lost some balls. But as the game progressed, I thought I did well and I played pretty good today.

On having to enter the lineup due to injuries … 

Obviously, I’m trying to break into the team. It’s unfortunate that Abu and Christian have been out with injuries, but now I have an opportunity and I’m going to try to take it.

On how the game changed when Alexi Gómez came in … 

I mean, at the end of the day when we were going forward, there’s not really a specific game plan. We’re just trying to play soccer. Obviously, those two guys –– those three guys –– Miguel, Alexi and Darwin are all really good at soccer, so I was just trying to get myself in good positions, move off the ball and try to get another goal. So, I think we all played pretty well together.

On how important is was to get a win after four losses … 

It’s huge, especially at home. We had a great come-out from the fans tonight … You know, we had like 21,000 people here, so that was pretty awesome. But it was huge for us to get back on a win streak. Hopefully we can come back with another win; we’re home again next week, so I think it will be huge if we can establish a winning streak at home.

MNUFC DEFENDER CARTER MANLEY 

On the game …

It was definitely a tough game, those are the best wingers that I have gone up against this season. It was a big challenge, but an experience to learn from.

On his conversation with Ibson in the second half …

[Ibson] was telling me to settle down and play my game, trying to give me advice and help me out.

On what was going through his head at that moment … 

It was nice to see that the guys have confidence in me and still believe in me and give me that motivation.

On going up against the toughest wingers he has faced this season …

They are very dynamic, quick and have a lot of experience.

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MNUFC LOANS ROOKIE DEFENDER WYATT OMSBERG TO TULSA

Apr 26, 2018

The Loons look to further develop promising young center back on loan in USL

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. (April 26, 2018) — Minnesota United today announced that rookie defender Wyatt Omsberg has been loaned to Tulsa Roughnecks FC of the United Soccer League (USL).

MLS has entered into a Loan Agreement for Omsberg. This agreement contains a right of recall for MLS, which enables Omsberg to play for Tulsa and MNUFC throughout the duration of the loan period, subject to roster rules and compliance.

“Our goal is to get Wyatt minutes,” said MNUFC Sporting Director Manny Lagos. “He needs to get minutes to get match-fit and match-sharp. Wyatt is a player we believe in and he has a lot of potential. This will be a great chance for him to play at a professional level and get some professional games to continue to develop into the player we believe he can be.”

Omsberg, 22, was selected 15th overall by MNUFC in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft from Dartmouth College, where he was a two-time Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year and three-time first-team All-Ivy honoree. He has featured in one match for the Loons during the 2018 season, starting and playing a full 90 minutes in a 3-0 defeat at New York Red Bulls on March 24.

Minnesota United’s next home match is on Saturday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m. CT against Houston Dynamo. With 14,500 season ticket holders for 2018, MNUFC has started a 2019 waiting list for season tickets at Allianz Field. Get on the list today with a 5+ or 10+ match mini plan for this season, now available at MNUFC.COM or by calling 763.4SOCCER.

Transaction: Minnesota United has loaned defender Wyatt Omsberg to Tulsa Roughnecks FC of the United Soccer League (USL) on a Loan Agreement. This agreement contains a right of recall for MLS, which enables Omsberg to play for Tulsa and MNUFC throughout the duration of the loan period, subject to roster rules and compliance.

VITALS

Wyatt Omsberg
Position: Defender
Born: 09.21.1995 (22 years old)
Height: 6’4”
Weight: 180 lbs.
Last Club: Dartmouth College
Hometown: Scarborough, Maine
Birthplace: Scarborough, Maine
Citizenship: U.S.

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