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You’re invited to the Minnesota United open practice on Thursday at 10:30

07/19/2017, 7:10pm CDT
By Patrick Malin, Media Intern

From U6 teams to the top soccer clubs in the world, practice makes perfect. Tomorrow morning, Schwan’s USA CUP visitors have the opportunity to observe the training routine of Minnesota’s own Major League Soccer professional team, Minnesota United FC.


MNUFC forwards Christian Ramirez and Miguel Ibarra participated in a one-touch shooting drill at Friday’s open training session

Minnesota United will host an open training session on Thursday, July 20 in the National Sports Center stadium, the site of Tuesday’s USA CUP opening ceremonies.

Although Minnesota United no longer plays its home matches on campus at the NSC stadium, the team still trains at the stadium daily, and utilizes newly-renovated indoor facilities throughout the season.

The Loons will take the field at 10:30 a.m. for their open practice, as they look to tune up for their final game over the course of USA CUP against the New York Red Bulls on Saturday, July 22 at 3 p.m. MNUFC head coach


New signing and Scottish international, Sam Nicholson, signed autographs for USA CUP players after last weekend’s open training.

Following the conclusion of the morning’s open training, spectators will be directed by MNUFC employees to the location of the post-practice autograph session. Last weekend, Minnesota United stars Christian Ramirez and Miguel Ibarra were available behind the stadium to sign autographs, alongside Minnesota native Ismaila Jome, recent signee Sam Nicholson, defender Jerome Thiesson, starting goalie Bobby Shuttleworth, and goalkeeper coach Marius Røvde. One lucky player even received Ibarra’s cleats used during the open training.

The Loons’ coaching staff will participate in an informal Q&A session on the stadium terrace following the completion of the practice, where participants can pick the minds of Minnesota’s top coaching talent.

MNUFC is all-in at USA CUP, with a permanent booth set-up at the Hub on fields A3 and A that has been the site of player appearances and merchandise giveaways. Through close cooperation at USA Cup, MNUFC is seeking to establish the NSC as the premier soccer destination in North America. Frequent player appearances over the course of USA Cup enhance the experience for youth players, and provide motivation for players to continue to pushing towards their professional playing ambitions.

Tag(s): July 19, 2017