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The Minnesota Stars lost the NASL championship in the most heartbreaking manner imaginable - on penalties - as the Tampa Bay Rowdies took home the 2012 title.
Minnesota is a game away from a second straight berth in the NASL finals - but has to beat the league's best team, San Antonio on the road on Sunday. We talk to the principals from both sides to find out what that will take.
The Minnesota Stars and San Antonio Scorpions will decide their NASL semifinal in the second leg next Sunday, after neither team could find a goal in the first leg in Blaine.
Kevin Friedland scored for Minnesota for the first time in three years, but the Stars could only manage a draw in San Antonio, and will now travel to Puerto Rico for the first round of the playoffs.
Two goals gave Puerto Rico the home win over Minnesota, which remains in sixth place in the NASL playoff chase.
The Stars snapped a nine-game winless streak, thanks to a pair of goals either side of the break, and clinched a playoff berth in the process.
For the first time in months, the Stars have multiple goals in a game - and now they have a two-goal lead to protect in the second half, not one.
Minnesota has made three changes from its Saturday team, as the Stars play at home for the second time in four days.
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The Stars scored twice in either half and ran out 4-0 winners over Puerto Rico, clinching a playoff berth in the process.
For the third straight week, Minnesota couldn't hold a one-goal lead in the second half - and will have to wait at least one more week to clinch a playoff berth.
Loan signing Jamie Watson starts in midfield for Minnesota, as the Stars start four attacking players in an attempt to find a few goals.
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With just four games left in the season, the Minnesota Stars are close to wrapping up a playoff berth as they take on Edmonton at home on Saturday.
Head coach Manny Lagos was clearly frustrated following the Minnesota Stars' 1-1 draw at home with FC Edmonton, but he managed to keep it from coming across in his words.
Missed chances, and a rocket of an Edmonton goal, doomed Minnesota to a 1-1 draw with FC Edmonton after the Stars led 1-0 at halftime.