2016 Minnesota United FC season

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Minnesota United FC
2016 season
OwnerBill McGuire
PresidentNick Rogers
Head CoachCarl Craig
StadiumNational Sports Center
Target Field (One match)
NASLSpring: 4th
Fall: 8th
Overall: 5th
Soccer Bowl: DNQ
U.S. Open CupFourth Round
Top goalscorerLeague: Christian Ramirez (18)
All: Christian Ramirez (19)
Highest home attendanceLeague: 9,460
(July 16 vs. Indy)
All: 18,505
(June 25 vs. Club León at Target Field)
Lowest home attendanceLeague: 6,101
(August 3 vs. Puerto Rico)
All: 6,101
(August 3 vs. Puerto Rico)
Average home league attendanceLeague: 8,573
All: 9,036
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The 2016 season was Minnesota United FC's seventh season of existence and their sixth consecutive and final season playing in the North American Soccer League, the second division of the American soccer pyramid. In 2017, Minnesota United FC joined MLS as an expansion team along with Atlanta United FC.

Club[edit]

As of match played June 1, 2016
No. Name Nationality Position Date of birth (Age) Signed from Signed in Contract ends Apps. Goals
Goalkeepers
1 Aaron Perez United States GK (1986-08-28) 28 August 1986 (age 32) Orange County Blues 2016 0 0
12 Steward Ceus Haiti GK (1987-03-26) 26 March 1987 (age 32) Atlanta Silverbacks 2016 0 0
24 Kristian Nicht Germany GK (1982-04-03) 3 April 1982 (age 37) Indy Eleven 2016 0 0
33 Sammy Ndjock Cameroon GK (1990-02-25) 25 February 1990 (age 29) Turkey Antalyaspor 2015 33 0
Defenders
2 Justin Davis United States DF (1988-05-06) 6 May 1988 (age 30) New Mexico Lobos 2011
3 Jeb Brovsky United States DF (1988-12-03) 3 December 1988 (age 30) New York City 2016 8 0
5 Tiago Brazil DF (1981-05-19) 19 May 1981 (age 37) Australia Sydney 2014 61 1
6 Brent Kallman United States DF (1990-10-04) 4 October 1990 (age 28) Des Moines Menace 2013 22 1
31 Damion Lowe Jamaica DF (1993-05-05) 5 May 1993 (age 25) Loan from Seattle Sounders 2016 8 0
37 Chris Klute United States DF (1990-03-05) 5 March 1990 (age 29) Portland Timbers 2016
Midfielder
4 Aaron Pitchkolan United States MF (1983-03-14) 14 March 1983 (age 36) San Antonio Scorpions 2013
7 Ibson Brazil MF (1983-11-07) 7 November 1983 (age 35) Italy Bologna 2015 31 6
13 Jamie Watson United States MF (1986-04-10)10 April 1986 (aged 29) Orlando City 2014 32 3
14 Jack Blake Scotland MF (1994-09-22) 22 September 1994 (age 24) England Nottingham Forest 2016 1 1
17 Lance Laing Jamaica MF (1988-02-28) 28 February 1988 (age 31) Edmonton 2016 7 0
22 Kevin Venegas United States MF (1989-07-29) 29 July 1989 (age 29) Fullerton Titans 2010
23 Greg Jordan United States MF (1990-04-05) 5 April 1990 (age 29) Philadelphia Union 2014 51 1
77 Juliano Vicentini Brazil MF (1981-08-26) 26 August 1981 (age 37) Brazil Audax 2014 55 3
Forwards
8 Danny Cruz United States FW (1990-01-03) 3 January 1990 (age 29) Philadelphia Union 2016 8 0
9 Bernardo Añor Venezuela FW (1988-05-24) 24 May 1988 (age 30) Loan from Sporting Kansas City 2016 6 0
10 Ben Speas United States FW (1991-01-17) 17 January 1991 (age 28) Columbus Crew 2016 6 3
11 Stefano Pinho Brazil FW (1991-01-12) 12 January 1991 (age 28) Brazil Fluminense 2016 8 0
15 Ismaila Jome The Gambia FW (1994-11-04) 4 November 1994 (age 24) UC Santa Barbara 2016 0 0
18 Daniel Mendes Brazil FW (1981-01-18) 18 January 1981 (age 38) Sweden Kalmar 2015 56 15
21 Christian Ramirez United States FW (1991-04-04) 4 April 1991 (age 28) Charlotte Eagles 2014 71 38
29 J. C. Banks United States FW (1989-08-24) 24 August 1989 (age 29) Rochester Rhinos 2015 26 3

Transfers[edit]

Transfers In[edit]

Entry date Position No. Player From club Fee Ref.
December 4, 2015 FW 11 Brazil Stefano Pinho Brazil Fluminense FC Undisclosed [1]
December 15, 2015 MF 17 Jamaica Lance Laing Canada FC Edmonton Undisclosed [2]
February 5, 2016 GK 24 Germany Kristian Nicht United States Indy Eleven Free [3]
February 8, 2016 FW 8 United States Danny Cruz United States Philadelphia Union Free [4]
February 12, 2016 FW 10 United States Ben Speas United States Columbus Crew Free [5]
March 4, 2016 FW 15 The Gambia Ismaila Jome United States UC Santa Barbara Free [6]
March 28, 2016 DF 3 United States Jeb Brovsky United States New York City FC Free [7]
May 4, 2016 GK 12 Haiti Steward Ceus United States Atlanta Silverbacks Free [8]
May 26, 2016 MF 14 Scotland Jack Blake England Nottingham Forest Free [9]

Transfers Out[edit]

Exit date Position No. Player To club Fee Ref.
December 7, 2015 GK 1 United States Mitch Hildebrandt United States FC Cincinnati Contract Expired [10][11]
December 7, 2015 DF 16 United States Tyler Polak United States FC Cincinnati Contract Expired [10][11]
December 17, 2015 FW 11 Ghana Kalif Alhassan United States Tampa Bay Rowdies Option Declined [12][13]
December 17, 2015 MF 17 Brazil Yago Silva Brazil Vasco End of Loan [12]
December 17, 2015 MF 19 Mexico Alejandro Vela Mexico Club Necaxa Option Declined [12][14]
December 17, 2015 MF 99 Brazil Geison Moura United States Fort Lauderdale Strikers Contract Expired [12][15]
January 30, 2016 DF 14 United States Brian Kallman n/a Retired [16]
February 1, 2016 DF 3 Brazil Cristiano Dias Puerto Rico Puerto Rico FC Released [17][18]
February 1, 2016 FW 9 Brazil Pablo Campos United States Miami FC Released [17]
February 1, 2016 GK 24 United States Andrew Fontein Free Agent Released [17]
April 12, 2016 MF 20 Belarus Andrei Gotsmanov Free Agent Released [19]

Loans In[edit]

Start date End date Position No. Player From club Ref.
February 17, 2016 End of Season FW 9 Venezuela Bernardo Añor United States Sporting Kansas City [20]
March 4, 2016 End of Season DF 31 Jamaica Damion Lowe United States Seattle Sounders FC [21]
September 7, 2016 End of Season DF 37 United States Chris Klute United States Portland Timbers [22]

Management[edit]

  • United States Nick Rogers – President
  • United States Manny LagosSporting Director
  • England Carl Craig – Head Coach
  • United States Ian FullerAssistant Coach
  • England Paul O'Connor – Goalkeeping Coach
  • United States Peter Rivard – Reserves Team Coach
  • Scotland Craig Mallace – Director of Camps & Youth Development
  • United States Dr. Corey Wulf – Team Doctor
  • United States Dr. Brad Moser – Team Doctor
  • United States Yoshiyuki Ono – Team Athletic Trainer
  • United States David Bloomquist – Team Athletic Trainer

Friendlies[edit]

  Win   Loss   Draw

Simple Invitational[edit]

Pos Team GP W L D GF GA GD Pts
1 United States Chicago Fire 3 3 0 0 9 2 +7 9
2 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3 2 1 0 7 4 +3 6
3 United States Portland Timbers 3 1 2 0 4 4 0 3
4 United States Minnesota United FC 3 0 3 0 1 11 -10 0

Pre-season[edit]

Mid-season[edit]

Competitions[edit]

Overview[edit]

Competition Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
NASL Spring Season 10 5 1 4 16 12 +4 050.00
NASL Fall Season 22 6 7 9 25 25 +0 027.27
U.S. Open Cup 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1 050.00
Total 34 12 8 14 44 39 +5 035.29

Last updated: November 4, 2016
Source: Competitions

NASL Spring Championship[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Indy Eleven (C) 10 4 6 0 15 8 +7 18 2016 NASL Spring season winner
2 New York Cosmos 10 6 0 4 15 8 +7 18
3 Edmonton 10 5 2 3 9 7 +2 17
4 Minnesota United 10 5 1 4 16 12 +4 16
5 Tampa Bay Rowdies 10 4 4 2 11 9 +2 16
6 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 10 4 3 3 12 12 0 15
7 Carolina RailHawks 10 4 2 4 11 13 −2 14
8 Rayo OKC 10 3 3 4 11 12 −1 12
9 Ottawa Fury 10 2 3 5 9 14 −5 9
10 Jacksonville Armada 10 1 4 5 5 11 −6 7
11 Miami 10 1 4 5 7 15 −8 7
Source: NASL
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total goal differential; 3) total goals scored; 4) head-to-head record; 5) away goal differential; 6) away goals scored
(C) Champion.

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
10 5 1 4 16 12  +4 16 4 0 1 9 3  +6 1 1 3 7 9  −2

Source: Match reports

Results by round[edit]

Round12345678910
GroundAAHHAHAHAH
ResultLWWWDWLLLW
Position11322311474
Source: Match reports
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Matches[edit]

  Win   Loss   Draw

NASL Fall Championship[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 New York Cosmos (C) 22 14 5 3 44 21 +23 47 2016 NASL Fall season winner
2 Indy Eleven 22 11 4 7 36 25 +11 37
3 Edmonton 22 10 6 6 16 14 +2 36
4 Rayo OKC 22 9 8 5 28 21 +7 35
5 Miami 22 9 6 7 31 27 +4 33
6 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 22 7 5 10 19 28 −9 26
7 Carolina RailHawks 22 7 5 10 25 35 −10 26
8 Minnesota United 22 6 7 9 25 25 0 25
9 Puerto Rico 22 5 9 8 19 31 −12 24
10 Tampa Bay Rowdies 22 5 8 9 29 32 −3 23
11 Jacksonville Armada 22 5 8 9 25 35 −10 23
12 Ottawa Fury 22 5 7 10 23 26 −3 22
Source: NASL
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total goal differential; 3) total goals scored; 4) head-to-head record; 5) away goal differential; 6) away goals scored
(C) Champion.

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
22 6 7 9 25 25  0 25 6 1 4 19 13  +6 0 6 5 6 12  −6

Source: Match reports

Results by round[edit]

Round12345678910111213141516171819202122
GroundHAHHAHHAHAAAHAHAHAAHAH
ResultWLWWDDLLWDDDWLLLLDDWLL
Position1453356644544456677678
Source: Match reports
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Matches[edit]

  Win   Loss   Draw

NASL Playoffs[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 New York Cosmos 32 20 5 7 59 29 +30 65 Championship Qualifiers
2 Indy Eleven 32 15 10 7 51 33 +18 55
3 Edmonton 32 15 8 9 25 21 +4 53
4 Rayo OKC 32 12 11 9 39 33 +6 47
5 Minnesota United 32 11 8 13 41 37 +4 41
6 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 32 11 8 13 31 40 −9 41
7 Miami 32 10 10 12 38 42 −4 40
8 Carolina RailHawks 32 11 7 14 36 48 −12 40
9 Tampa Bay Rowdies 32 9 12 11 40 41 −1 39
10 Ottawa Fury 32 7 10 15 32 40 −8 31
11 Jacksonville Armada 32 6 12 14 30 46 −16 30
12 Puerto Rico 22 5 9 8 19 31 −12 24
Source: NASL
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total goal differential; 3) total goals scored; 4) head-to-head record; 5) away goal differential; 6) away goals scored

U.S. Open Cup[edit]

  Win   Loss

Squad statistics[edit]

Appearances[edit]

Numbers in parentheses denote appearances as substitute.
Players with no appearances not included in the list.
As of match played October 30, 2016[23]
No. Pos. Player NASL Spring Season NASL Fall Season U.S. Open Cup Total
Apps Apps Apps Apps
2 DF United States Justin Davis 9 22 2 33
3 DF United States Jeb Brovsky 8 18 1 27
4 MF United States Aaron Pitchkolan 0 (3) 13 (3) 1 14 (6)
5 DF Brazil Tiago Calvano 4 (1) 9 (1) 1 13 (2)
6 DF United States Brent Kallman 9 20 (1) 1 30 (1)
7 MF Brazil Ibson 3 (2) 14 (4) 1 (1) 18 (7)
8 FW United States Danny Cruz 9 12 (1) 3 (1) 24 (2)
9 FW Venezuela Bernardo Añor 4 (3) 0 (2) 0 4 (5)
10 FW United States Ben Speas 7 (1) 10 (8) 0 (1) 17 (10)
11 FW Brazil Stefano Pinho 5 (4) 8 (8) 2 15 (12)
12 GK Haiti Steward Ceus 0 4 0 4
13 MF United States Jamie Watson 1 9 (3) 0 10 (3)
14 MF Scotland Jack Blake 2 5 (4) 1 8 (4)
15 FW The Gambia Ismaila Jome 0 5 (4) 0 5 (4)
17 MF Jamaica Lance Laing 5 (3) 7 (4) 0 12 (7)
18 FW Brazil Daniel Mendes 0 (3) 0 (2) 1 1 (5)
21 FW United States Christian Ramirez 9 (1) 21 2 32 (1)
22 DF United States Kevin Venegas 10 11 (2) 2 23 (2)
23 MF United States Greg Jordan 1 0 0 1
29 FW United States J. C. Banks 0 (5) 13 (7) 1 (1) 14 (13)
31 DF Jamaica Damion Lowe 8 (1) 17 (1) 2 27 (2)
33 GK Cameroon Sammy Ndjock 10 18 2 30
37 DF United States Chris Klute 0 0 (2) 0 0 (2)
77 MF Brazil Juliano Vicentini 6 (2) 4 (4) 1 11 (6)

Goalscorers[edit]

Includes all competitive matches.

As of match played October 30, 2016[23]
Rank Pos. No. Player NASL Spring Season NASL Fall Season U.S. Open Cup Total
1 FW 21 United States Christian Ramirez 5 13 1 19
2 MF 11 Brazil Stefano Pinho 3 2 0 5
3 FW 10 United States Ben Speas 3 1 0 4
4 MF 13 United States Jamie Watson 0 2 0 2
MF 22 United States Kevin Venegas 1 0 1 2
FW 29 United States J. C. Banks 0 2 0 2
MF 31 Jamaica Damion Lowe 2 0 0 2
8 DF 2 United States Justin Davis 0 1 0 1
DF 5 Brazil Tiago Calvano 0 1 0 1
MF 7 Brazil Ibson 1 0 0 1
MF 14 Scotland Jack Blake 0 0 1 1
FW 15 The Gambia Ismaila Jome 0 1 0 1
MF 17 Jamaica Lance Laing 0 1 0 1
# Own Goal 1 1 0 2
TOTALS 16 25 3 44

Disciplinary record[edit]

As of match played October 30, 2016[23]
No. Pos. Player NASL Spring Season NASL Fall Season U.S. Open Cup Total
Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card
31 DF Jamaica Damion Lowe 1 1 6 0 2 0 9 1
2 DF United States Justin Davis 2 1 4 0 1 0 7 1
3 DF United States Jeb Brovsky 2 0 5 1 0 0 7 1
7 MF Brazil Ibson 2 0 4 1 0 0 6 1
5 DF Brazil Tiago Calvano 2 0 3 1 0 0 5 1
8 FW United States Danny Cruz 2 0 2 0 1 0 5 0
4 MF United States Aaron Pitchkolan 0 0 4 0 0 0 4 0
6 DF United States Brent Kallman 1 0 1 0 1 0 3 0
13 MF United States Jamie Watson 1 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
33 GK Cameroon Sammy Ndjock 1 0 1 0 1 0 3 0
9 FW Venezuela Bernardo Añor 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
10 FW United States Ben Speas 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0
17 MF Jamaica Lance Laing 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
77 MF Brazil Juliano Vicentini 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
14 MF Scotland Jack Blake 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1
15 FW The Gambia Ismaila Jome 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
21 FW United States Christian Ramirez 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
22 DF United States Kevin Venegas 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
29 FW United States J. C. Banks 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
37 DF United States Chris Klute 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stefano Pinho Signs With United". Minnesota United FC. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  2. ^ "Lance Laing Signs With Loons". Minnesota United FC. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  3. ^ "NASL Veteran Kristian Nicht Joins United". Minnesota United FC. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  4. ^ "Minnesota Adds MLS Veteran Danny Cruz". Minnesota United FC. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  5. ^ "Ben Speas Signs For Minnesota United". Minnesota United FC. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
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  7. ^ "Jeb Brovsky Signs with Loons". Minnesota United FC. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  8. ^ "Loons Sign Steward Ceus". Minnesota United FC. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  9. ^ "Jack Blake Signs With Loons". Minnesota United FC. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
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  11. ^ a b "FC Cincinnati Introduces First Class of Players With MLS and International Experience". FC Cincinnati. Archived from the original on December 23, 2015. Retrieved December 7, 2015.
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  13. ^ "Tampa Bay Rowdies Sign Winger Kalif Alhassan". Tampa Bay Rowdies. Archived from the original on December 19, 2015. Retrieved December 18, 2015.
  14. ^ "Muy Contento De Estar En Necaxa; Alejandro Vela" [Very happy to be in Necaxa; Alejandro Vela.]. Club Necaxa (in Spanish). Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  15. ^ "Strikers Bolster 2016 Roster With Four Signings". Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  16. ^ "Brian Kallman Announces Retirement". Minnesota United FC. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  17. ^ a b c "Loons Lock Down Ndjock And Vicentini". Minnesota United FC. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  18. ^ "Puerto Rico Signs Christiano Dias and Tyler Rudy". Puerto Rico FC. Retrieved May 11, 2016.
  19. ^ "Loons Release Gotsmanov". Minnesota United FC. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
  20. ^ "Sporting KC loans midfielder Bernardo Añor to Minnesota United FC". SportingKC.com. February 17, 2016.
  21. ^ "Damion Lowe loaned to Minnesota United". SB Nation. March 5, 2016.
  22. ^ "LOONS ADD CHRIS KLUTE". MNUnitedFC.com. September 7, 2016.
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