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CITY MOVE TO THE WEST BANK

Minneapolis, MN — Minneapolis City are proud to announce their new home stadium beginning in 2017: Edor Nelson Field at Augsburg College.

Located on the West Bank, the cozy 1,500 seat stadium boasts a central location, and public transport links including the Blue and Green Line LRT, bus and bike. More importantly, the excellent turf pitch plays to the team’s strengths, unlike last year’s home.

 Photo by Khoa Nguyen for Augsburg College
Photo by Khoa Nguyen for Augsburg College

“With the situation at Les Barnard deteriorating from where it was last year, we had no choice but to look to a new location” said Business Director Sarah Schreier “and we couldn’t be happier with Augsburg. A great Minneapolis location, a school that shares our mission to improve the Minneapolis community, and a playing surface that is wider, flatter and faster than last year.” 

“It was critical that we improved the field” said Sporting Director Jon Bisswurm. “The Barnyard was an equalizer, and unfortunately it equalized other teams to us. We had a much better record away from home despite our rabid home support, but that won’t happen this year.”

The location allows for a much better gameday atmosphere as well, with tailgating available across the street at Murphy Square Park and at Lot L, the main stadium’s main parking lot. It is walking distance from the bars and restaurants of Cedar-Riverside. And the availability of lights means games can be player later in the evening.

 Tailgating is available in Murphy Square Park (across 23rd Ave) and in Lot L.
Tailgating is available in Murphy Square Park (across 23rd Ave) and in Lot L.
 It it just a .5 mile walk from the Franklin Ave Station on the Blue Line and a .7 mile walk from the West Bank Station on the Green Line.
It it just a .5 mile walk from the Franklin Ave Station on the Blue Line and a .7 mile walk from the West Bank Station on the Green Line.

BRIAN KALLMAN SIGNS WITH MPLS CITY

Minneapolis, MN — Minneapolis City are proud to announce the signing of Woodbury, MN native and former Minnesota United standout Brian Kallman

 Photo credit: Jeremy Olson
Photo credit: Jeremy Olson

Kallman made 153 appearances for Minnesota Thunder/Stars/United across all competitions from 2006 to 2015, and was an integral part of the side that won the 2011 Soccer Bowl and made the 2012 Soccer Bowl final.

“Brian is a great player” said Sporting Director Jon Bisswurm “and he brings a level of experience that will help our younger players. There is nothing like training with and learning from a guy who knows what it takes to make it as a pro.”

With the signing of Kallman in addition to former Tampa Bay Rowdies midfielder Dan O’Brien, Minneapolis City have added their second NASL veteran as the club prepares for its inaugural season in the NPSL.

“We made a specific decision to bring in guys who have made it at the pro level” continued Bisswurm “to give our team a blend of youth and experience and to create a high performance environment in training, in games, and off the pitch. [Kallman and O’Brien] will be invaluable for our younger guys to learn from, and it doesn’t suck to have players on their ability in the team.”

“We have a very strong core group signed” said head coach Adam Pribyl. “We still have more signings to make and an open tryout in February to identify new talent, so more to come, but I couldn’t be happier with where we are at the moment.”

What’s Up This Week – Back 2 Back

So.. what IS up this week?

Well we’re 1 point off the top with a game in hand, we’ve won two in a row, including a recent 3-0 thrashing of our neighbors the Minnesota United Reserves. So yeah, we’re all feeling a bit like Mr. Andy Lorei in this picture after his lovely solo goal.

 Photo Cred: Daniel Mick
Photo Cred: Daniel Mick

Jeremy Olson’s photo magic here. Or Daniel Micks photography wizardry right here.

“We’ll take that” says Minneapolis City after the commanding victory this past Friday night. There were two trends that highlighted themselves following this game. 1) We win at home. and 2) The weather is garbage until the Soccer Gods do us a grand favor and clear the skies right before kickoff.

In to some game recap. Mpls City leapt off to a great start after the fire-starter Goose did his thing, beating his man before being felled down inside the box and earning a PK in the 5th minute. You could say he likes to… think INSIDE the box… am I right? Anyone? Andy Lorei steps up to the spot and delivers a low, driven shot right to the corner to put the Crows up 1-0. The rest of the half saw chances for both sides, but we had to wait until the beginning of the second 45 to see another goal. Andy Lorei received the ball about 25 yards out, a quick turn drew a foul but he trooped on before firing home at the near post in the 52nd minute. The momentum was definitely on our side, but the Reserves had a few more chances. The game was put to rest when two of our subs combined in the 89th minute. Ryan Cammarota playing a brilliant ball in for Isaac Forsgren, who did the rest with no problem. Coming in from the outside and putting it past the Reserves keeper.

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Let the good times roll.

And roll they will, as we head in to our weekend double header with games against Cedar Rapids and the Croatian Eagles. Keep an eye on the twittersphere for team happenings this weekend, as we look to solidify our position on top of the table. It will definitely be a big weekend for the team, as we’re only above Cedar Rapids on goal difference (and a game in hand..). Our first league match against the Eagles played out to a very tense 0-0 draw.

Keeping an eye on the prize (beer) and looking in to next week, Come have a beer with us at the Minnesota United Open Cup game against Sporting KC!

Meet the players: Sammy With The Good Hair

One of the first signings by Minneapolis City, center midfielder Samuel Ruiz Plaza, or “Sammy with the good hair”, joins the Crows after a standout freshman season at D3 powerhouse Messiah College where he started 18 of 20 games full of highlights LIKE THESE.

Ruiz Plaza’s soccer career was kick-started in 8th grade with a year spent in Spain playing with the Ancora Aranjuez academy.

“We were in the second division, right under the top academy teams. that is really where I started to develop as a player.”

He returned to Minnesota and began to stack up a number of trophies and accolades.

At East Ridge High School he was a four-year varsity player, captain, all-state his junior and senior year and all-region his senior year. He racked up successes at club level as well, with two state championships with the St Croix Academy.

“I can’t wait to see him in this team, surrounded by these players” said Dan Hoedeman, the club’s Managing Director. “He has great vision and they can exploit it. Also, the guys have been drawing up haircuts they think they can talk “Sammy with the good hair” into and it could get legendary this summer.”

“Samuel was one of our top targets. He brings a little bit of flair to the team, a little bit of youthful exuberance” continued Hoedeman.

Ruiz Plaza can fit well in the midfield in a number of formations, and should dovetail with other midfielders on the roster like AJ Albers and Sam Forsgren.

“I wanted to be able to play soccer at a high level and MCSC gives me the opportunity to do so. I’m really excited about the team and gaining experience at a high level” said Ruiz Plaza.

He said “no comment” when pressed on his opening day hairstyle and referred all inquiries to “someone, anyone else.”

AJ Albers Signs With Mpls City

Minneapolis, Minn — The club are proud to announce that midfield tyro AJ Albers has signed with Minneapolis City. The central midfielder just finished his fourth season at the University of New Hampshire, where he started 46 of 56 games and will add steel and guile in the center of the park.

Head coach Keith Keicker commented “AJ has incredible athleticism and technical ability…and is an exceptional all around player who controls the center of the field.”

Albers grew up in Eagan and played youth soccer for Minnesota Thunder Academy and high school ball at Eagan High School, where he was All-State and All-Metro first team in 2011.

“We are excited to have AJ in the club” said Dan Hoedeman, City’s Managing Director. “Yet another hugely talented Minnesotan with a ton of playing options has chosen City, and I can’t wait to see him pulling strings in the midfield.”

“Right off the bat I felt that the coaching staff and the organization here were first rate, very experienced and that they are truly putting together a special club here” said Albers.

The midfielder continued, “based on all the previous signings and the talent pool still available, there will be a handful of amazing players coming together to make a hard team to beat and also an exciting team to play for.”

AJ Albers is Minneapolis City’s ninth first team signing so far as the team gears up for its inaugural season, which kicks off in Milwaukee on May 21 against Bavarian Soccer Club.

 

Two More Signings for City

Minneapolis, Minn — Minneapolis City SC announce the signing of two new players for the coming season, Minnesotans Matthew Gweh and Abdallah Bah.

“These are two of the most talented, hardest working players and good guys on and off the pitch, and both are big pick-ups for us” said head coach Keith Kiecker.

Matthew Gweh, from Apply Valley and Minnesota’s Gatorade Player of the Year in 2012, just finished his junior year at Valparaiso where he finished as second leading scorer for the Crusaders. 

“Matthew gives us some hard choices to make tactically” said coach Jeremy Iwaszkowiec “in a good way. We have a lot of talented attackers. Getting the most out of them is going to be a lot of fun.”

Abdallah Bah, who grew up in Osseo, is a ball-playing defender in the Rio Ferdinand mould. He plays his college ball at Post University in Connecticut.

“He’s such a smooth player, so confident on the ball, always in the right position” said Kiecker.

Anonymous donors who support the club’s mission of creating affordable opportunities for every local kid to play organized, high-level soccer has generously offered to house Matthew and Abdallah during the season.

“It’s fantastic that people in the community are supporting our mission in such a major way. Every little bit counts as we work to make a difference” said club Chairman Dan Hoedeman.

City have now signed nine players as they prepare for the 2016 Premier League of America season, which kicks off on May 21 in Milwaukee against Bavarian Soccer Club.

 

 

Major Signings From City

Minneapolis, Minn. – At the club’s launch event in downtown Minneapolis this afternoon, the Minneapolis City coaching staff announced six high-profile signings as the club gears up for its inaugural season in the Premier League of America.

Head coach Keith Kiecker commented, “our plan is to build a team from the best college players from Minnesota, supported by some savvy veterans. With these signings we announced today, we’re in very good shape for the season to come.”

Sam Forsgren, a forward from Northwestern, is the club’s first signing. Voted to the B1G All Freshman team his first season, and appearing in all of the Wildcats’ games his second, Forsgren is a dynamic midfielder who shows more respect for the ball than your grandfather showed for your grandmother.

“Sam gives us a threat up top that will make it difficult for opposing back lines to defend against.  He’s left footed making him versatile and dangerous throughout the field.”

Minneapolis native Duncan Werling, a goalkeeper committed to UCLA, is an agile shotstopper who is comfortable with the ball at his feet. He is known (around here) as The Neuer Of The Prairie™.

“Duncan brings an out of the gym type of athleticism and an unparalleled work ethic that will allow him to compete for a starting spot on Day 1.”

Trey Benhart is a powerful defender who has come into his own at Wisconsin-Green Bay, leading the team in minutes the past two seasons and turning the Phoenix into one of the Midwest’s meanest defenses.

“Trey will solidify our back line and provide great leadership on and off the field.  His composure on the ball, vision, and size will be an asset all over the pitch.”

Samuel Ruiz Plaza will slot into the midfield. A wizard with the ball at his feet and possessing great vision, Ruiz Plaza should turn his impressive freshman season at Messiah College into an equally impressive first season with City.

“He is technically smooth and tactically savvy. His strength is his distribution and we will depend on him to orchestrate our attack.”

Further strengthening the defense is Rahim Omar, a four-star recruit who chose Wisconsin-Madison. Omar marries defensive solidity with a smooth-like-a-calm-lake-ness on the ball and will be a huge asset to the team.

“I’ve watched him the past two years get bigger and faster without losing his ability on the ball. He will help anchor the back line while giving us an offensive threat out of the back.”

Will Kidd helped Como Park to their first state title in any sport and then followed it up by making seven appearances for Bradley University as a true freshman.

“He has unlimited potential because his skill and talent are matched by a willingness to run through a wall for his team. There is no quit in this Kidd. Pun intended.”

Minneapolis City travel to Milwaukee to take on Bavarians on May 21st for the club’s first competitive game.

“These signings are a great start, but just a start” said Technical Director Alan Merrick. “We will be looking at players in the coming weeks, looking to keep quality high while adding some veteran nous to build a team that can make some noise in this league.”