Minnesota United will try to get over some bad memories when they open the 2021 Major League Soccer season right where it ended last year's campaign -- at Seattle's Lumen Field. The Loons and Seattle Sounders, who met in last year's Western Conference final, will kick off the season Friday night. Minnesota held a 2-0 lead late in the second half and was on the verge of its first trip to MLS Cup.
Since Emanuel Reynoso joined Minnesota United last September, new teammate Michael Boxall has received an up-close and personal look at one of the most creative attacking players in MLS. As a center back with 11 years of professional experience, Boxall shared a sense of befuddlement in describing the challenge of defending the crafty 25-year-old Argentine playmaker during small-sided games in training sessions at the club’s grounds in Blaine.
Minnesota history and sports/human nature would suggest the Loons have a difficult task ahead in trying to take another step forward, though it is hardly impossible. The Vikings have reached the NFC title game six times since their last Super Bowl appearance, losing all six times. In each case, they likely believed with good authority that they were on the verge of greatness and could take the next step the following season.