Aug 02, 2020
Loons stride into MLS is Back Tournament semifinal with blowout of San Jose
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Minnesota United took care of business, like confident favorite should, with a convincing 4-1 win over San Jose in the MLS is Back Tournament in Kissimmee, Fla.
While they were technically a betting underdog, the Loons did what they’ve often done, blow out the Earthquakes, and are one step closer to winning its first title as an MLS club.
While unbeaten in 2020, the Loons have tried to act like they are forgotten, but show why more should be thinking of them.
The Loons will face Orlando City in the semifinals at 7 p.m. Thursday. With the Lions knocking off powerhouse LAFC on Friday, Loons coach Adrian Heath will get chance to go through the club that fired him to get to a final.
The Loons, too, have provided an entertaining distraction during a global pandemic.
Minnesota struck first soon after a set piece — a category where half of their goals have come this season.
When Jan Gregus’ corner kick was recycled, Hassani Dotson’s cross to the back post was redirected by Jose Aja’s header and Robin Led finished at the other post in the 20th minute.
Only seconds later, Dotson run and shot were stopped and so was Ethan Finlay’s attempt, but Jacori Hayes broke free for his first goal for Minnesota in his first start.
In a jiffy, the Loons were up 2-0.
Early in the second half, Hayes was called for a handball in the box and San Jose’s Magnus Eriksson converted the penalty against Tyler Miller. The Quakes’ attacker also beat the Loons goalkeeper on a PK in the Loons 5-2 win in March.
Luis Amarilla hadn’t scored in the tournament, but changed that with a left-footed finish six minutes after San Jose narrowed the margin.
Marlon Hairston provided the insurance goal in the 86th.
The Loons played without two of its best players — Kevin Molino and Romain Metanire — both out with hamstring injuries.
The Loons stayed with a 4-3-3, with Hayes pairing with Jan Gregus and Ozzie Alonso in midfield and Hassani Dotson moving out of midfield to start for Metanire at right back.
United Adrian Heath has not hid from a “recipe” in breaking down the Quakes. Loons have scored 11 goals in last three games against San Jose and have pierced their man-marking defense with maurauding runs from center backs.
Michael Boxall goal at Allianz Field last July is proof and Boxall was coming forward with runs into the attacking third early Saturday night.
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Tiger Woods Highlights Star-Studded Field At TPC Boston For The Northern Trust
BOSTON (CBS) — The return of the PGA Tour to Massachusetts will also feature the return of Tiger Woods.
In addition to Woods, the field will feature Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth.
TPC Boston did not hold the event last year, after the FedEx Cup was reduced from four events to three. That change led the event — formerly called the Deutsche Bank Championship and the Dell Technologies Championship — to alternate every year with Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J. The event is open to the top 125 golfers in the FedEx Cup standings, and the third and fourth rounds will air on CBS.
Woods did play in the tournament the last time it was held in Boston in 2018, finishing tied for 24th at 7-under. Bryson DeChambeau won that tournament with a score of 16-under, beating Justin Rose by two strokes.