Category Archives: Soccer

Sports schedule for: Oct 3-8

 ATHLETIC EVENTS SCHEDULE: OCTOBER 3 – OCTOBER 8
MONDAYOCTOBER 3 
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
3:30pm Tennis Sections vs. HardingHOME
4:00pm / 4:00pm 6:00pm Boys Soccer vs. SimleyHOME
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm4:45pm / 8:15pmVolleyball vs. Como ParkComo Park High School
6:00pm4:30pm / 8:00pmJV Football vs. Como ParkComo Park High School
TUESDAYOCTOBER 4
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
5:00pm / 7:00pm3:30pm / 6:30pm 5:30pm / 8:30pmGirls Soccer vs. CentralCentral High School
WEDNESDAYOCTOBER 5
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
    
THURSDAYOCTOBER 6
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:30pm / 4:30pm  4:30pm3:15pm / 6:00pmBoys Soccer vs. KennedyBloomington Kennedy High School
5:00pm / 7:00pm Girls Soccer vs. South St. PaulHOME
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm Volleyball vs. CentralHOME
FRIDAYOCTOBER 7
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm Volleyball vs. HardingHOME
7:00pm4:00pm / 9:30pmFootball vs. Mound WestonkaMound Westonka High School
SATURDAYOCTOBER 8
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
10:30am6:45am / 2:00pmCross Country MeetArrowwood Resort – Alexandria
1:00pm Boys Varsity Soccer vs. SouthwestMPLS Southwest  High School

Sports schedule for: Sept 26-Oct 1

ATHLETIC EVENTS SCHEDULE: SEPTEMBER 26 – OCTOBER 1
MONDAYSEPTEMBER 26 
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm3:15pm / 6:00pmVarsity Tennis vs. SouthPowderhorn Park
5:00pm / 7:00pmJV: 3:30pm / 6:30pm V: 5:15pm / 8:45pmBoys Soccer vs. St. Croix PrepSt. Croix Prep
TUESDAYSEPTEMBER 27
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm / 4:00pm2:45pm / 6:00pmTennis vs. SouthwestV: Linden Hills Park JV: HOME
5:00pm Girls JV Soccer vs. HardingHOME
6:00pm4:00pm / 8:00pmJV Football vs. CentralCentral High School
WEDNESDAYSEPTEMBER 28
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm B-Squad Soccer vs. Como ParkHOME
THURSDAYSEPTEMBER 29
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm 5:00pm 7:00pmB: 3:15pm / 5:30pm JV: 4:00pm / 6:30pm V: 5:30pm / 8:45pmBoys Soccer vs. CentralB: Jimmy Lee Rec Center JV/V: Central High School
5:00pm / 7:00pm Girls Soccer vs. CentralHOME
FRIDAYSEPTEMBER 30
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm Volleyball vs. HardingHOME
SATURDAYOCTOBER 1
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
9:30am8:30am / 11:00amBoys B-Squad Soccer vs. Holy AngelsAcademy of Holy Angels
9:30am / 9:30am 11:00am8:45am / 12:15pmVolleyball vs. Minnehaha AcademyMinnehaha Academy
1:00pm10:30am / 3:30pmFootball vs. Como ParkComo Park High School

Minnesota United fights for the postseason, but results dwindle as of late

By: Aeden Evenson-McDermott

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On the road in Portland the Loons addressed a few injury and suspension blips by testing out a new formation. United is known for their 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1 formations. This time the new changes consisted of a 3-5-2 formation. They came out strong and looked like they would be on the front foot but unfortunately they didn’t come away with any points.

They maintained dominant possession and held Portland for the main course of the first 45 minutes. Having crosses and plenty of shots, and with 13 shots just in the first half, it left the Loons asking for more. Newly arrived Colombian striker Ménder García had some good quality chances but none could hit the back of the net.

On the backside of the field, the trio of Lawrence, Kallman, and Boxall allowed for a tight collective defense which prevented Portland from getting shots on goal. With the momentum in this game, it would be important to capitalize on your own chances and it was especially critical since the Loons had maintained more of a dominant presence against Portland. It’s fair to say that United’s coach Adrian Heath would be more pleased with their performance than Portland’s coach Giovanni Savarese at the halftime break.

Following halftime, Portland came out stronger than the first half but never posed much of a threat to the Loons’s shape and positioning. Anything can happen in a game, and when the 61st minute rolled around, disaster struck for the Loons.

Portland received a corner and on the kick, a high whipped in ball fell right to Portland’s Dairon Asprilla and was put through the Loon’s back line and into the net. 1-0 to Portland.

As the game went on, the Loons had trouble recovering their shape and found themselves a bit lackluster and tired out. With around 30 minutes left in regulation, the Loons had a few glorious chances but none that they were able to fully capitalize on.

Overall, the new formation worked fairly well as García and Amarilla posed threats up top in the attacking third. The midfield composition worked hard and helped with creating space. There were definitely many positives to take away from an overall good game but hard to accept defeat for the third time in 3 games straight.

The Loons went down to 6th place in the playoff race but will have plenty of work to do with the remaining four games of the season.

Sports schedule for: Sept 19-24

ATHLETIC EVENTS SCHEDULE: SEPTEMBER 19 – SEPTEMBER 24
MONDAYSEPTEMBER 19 
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:30pm JV Football vs. JohnsonHOME
4:30pm / 7:00pmJV: 3:30pm / 6:30pm V: 5:30pm / 8:30pmGirls Soccer vs. RichfieldRichfield High School
5:30pm / 7:00pm Volleyball vs. St. Paul AcademyHOME
TUESDAYSEPTEMBER 20
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm / 4:00pm3:15pm / 6:00pmTennis vs. Como ParkV: Como Park High School JV: HOME
4:15pm2:30pm / 6:00pmBoys Varsity Soccer vs. JohnsonJohnson High School
5:00pm / 7:00pm JV Girls Soccer vs. Central Varsity Girls Soccer vs. JohnsonHOME
WEDNESDAYSEPTEMBER 21
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm / 4:00pm2:45pm / 6:00pmTennis vs. Minnehaha AcademyV: HOME JV: Minnehaha Academy
5:30pm / 5:30pm / 7:00pm4:30pm / 8:00pmVolleyball vs. HumboldtHumboldt High School
7:00pm Girls Soccer vs. HardingHOME
THURSDAYSEPTEMBER 22
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm / 4:00pm2:45pm / 6:00pmTennis vs. MPLS SouthwestV: Powderhorn Park JV: HOME
4:15pm3:15pm / 6:30pmGirls Swimming and Diving Meet vs. HardingHumboldt High School
4:15pm / 4:30pm3:15pm / 6:00pmBoys B-Squad / JV Soccer vs. HardingB: HOME JV: Bakken Field
FRIDAYSEPTEMBER 23
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
3:00pm1:00pm / 4:30pmBoys / Girls Cross Country Roy Griak InviteLes Bolstad Golf Course
3:15pm Tennis Twin Cities MatchSt. Paul Site
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm4:30pm / 8:15pmVolleyball vs. JohnsonJohnson High School
7:00pm5:15pm / 8:45pmBoys Varsity Soccer vs. HardingBakken Field
SATURDAYSEPTEMBER 24
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
TBDTBDGirls Swimming and DivingJean K. Freeman Aquatic Center
10:00am / 10:00am Girls Soccer vs. St. Paul AcademySt. Paul Academy
1:00pm10:30am / 3:30pmFootball vs. CentralCentral High School
5:00pm / 5:00pm 7:00pm Boys Soccer vs. IrondaleHOME

Sports schedule for: Sept 12-17

ATHLETIC EVENTS SCHEDULE: SEPTEMBER 12 – SEPTEMBER 17
MONDAYSEPTEMBER 12 
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm / 5:00pmJV: 2:40pm / 5:00pm V: 3:40pm / 7:00pmBoys Soccer vs. Minnehaha AcademyMinnehaha Academy
4:00pm / 4:00pm3:15pm / 6:00pmTennis vs. TartanVarsity: HOME JV: Tartan High School
4:30pm JV Football vs. Bloomington KennedyHOME
TUESDAYSEPTEMBER 13
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm3:15pm / 6:00pmVarsity Tennis vs. JohnsonEastview Park
5:00pm / 7:00pm Girls Soccer vs. Holy AngelsHOME
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm4:15pm / 8:15pmVolleyball vs. Hill-MurrayHill-Murray School
WEDNESDAYSEPTEMBER 14
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
    
THURSDAYSEPTEMBER 15
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:15pm3:15pm / 6:00pmGirls Swimming & Diving vs. Humboldt / WashingtonHumboldt High School
4:15pm / 4:15pm2:45pm / 5:45pmGirls Soccer vs. HumboldtHumboldt High School
4:15pm / 5:30pm 7:00pmV: 5:30pm / 8:45pmBoys Soccer vs. HumboldtJV: HOME B/V: Humboldt High School
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm Volleyball vs. WashburnHOME
FRIDAYSEPTEMBER 16
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
6:00pm Football vs. JohnsonHOME
SATURDAYSEPTEMBER 17
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
8:00am C-Squad Volleyball TournamentMounds View High School
V: 11:00am JV: 1:00pmV: 9:00am/12:30pm JV: 11:00am/2:30pmGirls Soccer vs. Chisago LakesChisago Lakes High School

Sports schedule for: Sept 5-10

ATHLETIC EVENTS SCHEDULE: SEPTEMBER 5 – SEPTEMBER 10
MONDAYSEPTEMBER 5 
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
    
TUESDAYSEPTEMBER 6
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm Tennis vs. WashingtonHOME
WEDNESDAYSEPTEMBER 7
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm / 5:00pm 7:00pm3:15pm / 5:45pmBoys Soccer vs. Como ParkB-Squad: Como Park HS JV/V: HOME
4:30pm3:15pm / 6:30pmJV Football vs. SouthwestMPLS Southwest HS
5:15pm / 7:15pmJV: 3:55pm / 6:45pm V: 5:45pm / 8:45pmGirls Soccer vs. Como ParkComo Park High School
THURSDAYSEPTEMBER 8
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm / 4:00pm3:15pm / 6:00pmTennis vs. HumboldtV: Humboldt High School JV: HOME
4:15pm / 5:15pm 6:30pm Volleyball vs. St. Croix LutheranSt. Croix Lutheran Academy
7:00pm5:45pm / 9:00pmSwimming & Diving vs. Como/JohnsonHumboldt High School
FRIDAYSEPTEMBER 9
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
V: 5:00pm JV: 5:00pm3:30pm / 6:30pmGirls Soccer vs. WashingtonWashington Technology
JV: 4:00pm B: 6:00pm V: 6:00pmJV: 3:15pm/5:45pm B/V: 4:30pm/7:45pmBoys Soccer vs. WashingtonWashington Technology
4:30pm / 5:00pm Boys & Girls Cross Country Meet St. Paul 2-MileHOME
7:00pm Football vs. KennedyHOME
SATURDAYSEPTEMBER 10
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
TBD11:15am / 2:00pmGirls Swimming & Diving Hastings InviteHastings High School
9:00am / 9:00am 2:00pmJV: 8:00am / 3:00pm V: 1:15pm / 7:00pmVolleyball TournamentsC: Lakeville North High School JV: Blaine High School V: Visitation School

Qatar, host of the 2022 World Cup

By: Liibaan Yusuf

One of the biggest events this year is the World Cup. What is the World Cup? It’s one of the most important soccer, or football, events in the world, with the big grand stage happening every 4 years. However, there are almost always games going on, whether they’re qualifiers or friendlies between countries.

The World Cup is also a big deal to governments across the world. Hosting the World Cup is a big responsibility and many countries try to join in on the opportunity. Hosting the World Cup, may cost a country at first, but it puts it on the map.

For example, in the past, World Cups held in Russia (2018) and Brazil (2014) were both fairly big for their time. Brazil had spent $15 billion USD on various investments towards the preparation of the 2014 World Cup. Russia had spent upwards of $11 billion USD towards new stadiums, metro systems, and employment for security and other positions. 

However, the upcoming 2022 World Cup is unlike any we have seen in the past. Qatar has said to have invested $220 billion USD towards this year’s sporting event. Qatar, is substantially smaller than every country to have ever held a World Cup since the creation of the massive event.

Qatar has a history of extravagant spending, especially since the discovery of oil in the Middle East. The ruling Thani family is a family known for scandals and hidden secrets. Even though Qatar states they have invested $220 billion USD, there have been numerous scandals and issues hidden behind closed doors.

One of the biggest scandals, is that many expats come to Qatar from various countries, particularly those who come from less wealthy areas of the world. They come to Qatar for promises of work and wealth, however, this industry is built on lies and deceit. Passports and work clearances are taken and kept hostage by employers and they’re paid low wages. They work out in infamous Qatari heat. There have been many stories of people dying from heat exhaustion and other heat related causes. 

However, Qatar has passed historic new laws and regulations calling for investigations into employers who’ve been caught violating workers rights. In fact, in April of 2021, the Qatari government put $824 million USD towards paying migrants who had COVID. Before this, manual labor workers who were sick would have no benefits or income for their time sick. In August of the same year, Qatar passed a law for a national minimum wage of 1000 riyals, about 300 more riyals than the previous minimum wage. “Qatar is the first country in the world to introduce non-discriminatory minimum wage,” according to the ‘International Labour Organization’. 

Though Qatar has been known to have human rights issues, it would seem as though hosting the World Cup has led it to start paving the way for human rights in the Middle East. Hopefully, this will provide a fresh start for all through a shared interest for those around the world.

Sports schedule for: 10/11-10/16

MONDAYDATE:  OCTOBER 11TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
    
TUESDAYDATE: OCTOBER 12TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
5:00pm Girls Soccer vs. Two Riversat Two Rivers High School
7:00pm Boys Soccer vs. Holy Angelsat Academy of Holy Angels
WEDNESDAYDATE: OCTOBER 13TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm4:30pm / 8:30pmC-Squad / JV / Varsity Volleyball vs. HardingHOME
THURSDAYDATE: OCTOBER 14TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
5:30pm Diving Conference Meetat Humboldt High School
FRIDAYDATE: OCTOBER 15TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
6:30pm Swimming Conference Meetat St. Catherine University
7:00pm5:00pm / 8:45pmFootball vs. North St. Paulat North St. Paul High School
SATURDAYDATE:  OCTOBER 16TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
9:00am8:00am / 2:00pmVarsity Volleyball Tournament  Benilde-St. Margaret’sat Benilde-St. Margaret’s

Sports schedule for: 10/4-10/9

MONDAYDATE:  OCTOBER 4TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
5:30pm JV Football vs. Como ParkHOME
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm4:30pm / 8:30pmC-Squad / JV / Varsity Volleyball vs. Humboldtat Humboldt High School
TUESDAYDATE: OCTOBER 5TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
4:15pm / 7:00pm JV/Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Comoat Como Park High School
5:00pm / 7:00pm JV/Varsity Girls Soccer vs. ComoHOME
7:00pm Swimming and Diving vs. Hardingat Humboldt High School
WEDNESDAYDATE: OCTOBER 6TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
5:00pm / 5:00pm JV/Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Minnehaha Academyat Minnehaha Academy  
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm4:30pm / 8:30pmC-Squad / JV / Varsity Volleyball vs. Johnsonat Johnson High School
THURSDAYDATE: OCTOBER 7TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
5:00pm Swimming and Diving vs. Centralat Humboldt High School
5:15pm / 7:00pm JV/Varsity Girls Soccer vs. South St. Paulat South St. Paul High School
FRIDAYDATE: OCTOBER 8TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
6:00pm Football vs. Mound WestonkaHOME
SATURDAYDATE:  OCTOBER 9TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
10:00am7:00am / 2:00pmBoys / Girls Cross Country Alexandria Meet of Championsat Arrowhead Resort
10:00am/12:00pm JV/Varsity Girls Soccer vs. CentralHOME

Sports schedule for: 9/27-10/2

MONDAYDATE:  SEPTEMBER 27TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
5:15pm / 7:00pm Girls JV/Varsity Soccer vs. Simleyat Simley High School
5:30pm JV Football vs. JohnsonHOME
5:30pm / 7:00pm JV/Varsity Volleyball vs. Como ParkHOME
TUESDAYDATE: SEPTEMBER 28TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
4:00pm / 4:00pm JV/Varsity Tennis vs. HardingJV: HOME Varsity: at Harding High School
4:15pm / 7:00pm JV/Varsity Boys Soccer vs. WashingtonHOME
7:00pm Varsity Girls Soccer vs. Washingtonat Washington
WEDNESDAYDATE:  SEPTEMBER 29TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
4:00pm Varsity Tennis vs. VisitationHOME  
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm4:30pm / 8:30pmC-Squad / JV / Varsity Volleyball vs. Centralat Central High School
THURSDAYDATE: SEPTEMBER 30TH
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
4:15pm / 7:00pm JV/Varsity Boys Soccer vs. CentralHOME
7:00pm Girls Varsity Soccer vs. Centralat Central High School
FRIDAYDATE: OCTOBER 1ST
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
TBD Tennis Twin Cities Matchat Minneapolis Site
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pm C-Squad / JV / Volleyball vs. WashingtonHOME
SATURDAYDATE:  OCTOBER 2ND
TIMEBUS DEPART/RETURNEVENTDETAILS
8:00am Varsity Volleyball Invitationalat Blaine High School
1:00pm Football vs. Como ParkHOME
2:30pm / 4:00pm JV/Varsity Boys Soccer vs. SPAat St. Paul Academy