The Minnesota United supporters groups in The Wonderwall will be present at Allianz Field for the home opener on Saturday night, but you won’t hear them if the Loons score an early goal against Real Salt Lake.
Wonderwall said Friday that their representatives in the south stand will remain silence for nine minutes and 29 seconds to honor the lives of George Floyd, Daunte Wright, Philando Castile and “so many others” who have been lost to “police brutality and systemic racism.”
Wonderwall asked others fans among the 4,100 who will be in attendance in St. Paul to “please join in.”
“The guilty verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin announced this week is a step in the right direction and should be celebrated for what it is — accountability in the face of a system that perpetuates injustice,” the group’s statement said. “Minnesota deserves better.”
Fragapane 'very close'
Argentine reporter Cesar Luis Merlo tweeted Thursday that Talleres winger Franco Fragapane is “one step away” from joining FC Cincinnati. A source told the Pioneer Press that was completely off base.
On Friday, United manager Adrian Heath said the Loons are “very close” to acquiring Fragapane, but “at this moment, it’s still not a done deal and there is still stuff to be sorted.”
Heath said the Loons have had Fragapane on their discovery list for “a long period of time.” Fragapane, 27, has scored a goal in each of the past two games for his Argentine club.
Abila, Dibassy out
Loons striker Ramon Abila and center back Bakaye Dibassy won’t play against RSL on Saturday. Abila has been dealing with a hip/groin issue, and Dibassy has a thigh injury.
Abila played 25 minutes in last week’s season-opening loss at Seattle, and Heath said Tuesday that he could start on Saturday. But the Argentine has felt the injury, and the club wants to be more cautious.
Without Dibassy, Heath said Jukka Raitala might step in for Brent Kallman, who had primary culpability in the Sounders’ second and third goals last week.
Heath said he didn’t get an explanation as to why the Loons’ Wil Trapp was called for a handball and the Sounders’ Josh Atencio was not on a similar play Friday. “It’s still a mystery to me why one end it’s given and the other end it’s not,” Heath said. “It wasn’t deliberate on both occasions. I’m not querying it. The days of me querying things are long gone. I’m going to keep my money in my pocket rather than giving it to the MLS” in the form of a fine for speaking out against officiating. … Dayne St. Clair will remain the Loons’ starting goalkeeper against RSL.