For the first time this year, Minnesota United is playing two games in a week, with the LA Galaxy Wednesday and the Portland Timbers on Saturday. And so it’s been rather a busy week for me, with covering both games, and trying to write some setup articles as well, for the Star Tribune.

Here’s what I’ve done so far:

Tuesday: Minnesota United’s designated players have the talent to match the LA Galaxy - but not the production - For once, Minnesota’s designated players are perhaps even bigger names than those in Los Angeles. Their production - especially the AWOL Emanuel Reynoso - can’t match up, though.

Wednesday: Late header by Kervin Arriaga earns Minnesota United 2-2 draw with LA Galaxy - The Loons played a great first half, but still had to come from behind in the second half to rescue a draw.

Thursday: Minnesota United’s draw with the LA Galaxy was a tale of two halves - The analysis from Wednesday night’s game, including a ton of quotes about how the Loons defended Riqui Puig, and why they’re so good on set pieces.

Friday: Much like Ted Lasso, new Minnesota United coach Eric Ramsay doesn’t talk about winning - “I’m genuinely not a coach that’s going to talk about winning all that often.” You don’t see a lot of coaches talking like this - well, one fictional coach, and one Minnesota manager, at least.

Again, a heartfelt thank you to everyone who’s been reading. It means a lot.