“Not!” Dane St. Clair yelled after Minnesota United teammate Robin Laud scored a goal against him during Thursday’s practice at Blaine. The Loons goalkeeper added an expletive to express his bitter disappointment.
Whether it’s practice, an MLS game, a game of dominoes, or Settlers of Catan, St. Clair doesn’t fail.
“I think that word is overused,” said Loons defenseman Brent Kallman, “but he is a prime example of this: he is an absolute player. You play cards with him, dominoes, something like that. He is very good at everything.”
And, Cullman added, “he’s not exactly a quiet winner.”
St. Clair also had something to say about this.
“In fairness, he will tell you – I say before I won,” said the goalkeeper. “I talk all the time (garbage).”
The Loons are hoping their 25-year-old goaltender can start the MLS All-Star Game at Allianz Field on August 10. continues with an away match at Inter Miami, which will take place on Saturday at 19:00.
Fan voting for 12 places began on Tuesday and will last until July 1. If St. Clair doesn’t make it into that group, Loons manager and MLS All-Star head coach Adrian Heath looks poised to include him in his 12 picks. Commissioner Don Garber has two additional picks to complete the roster of 26 players for the showcase against the Mexican Liga MX All-Stars.
“The majority of the fans voted for it,” St. Clair said on Thursday. “I hope I get these votes because I think sometimes it’s hard. Some big teams have a lot more fans. Some guys get it where maybe someone else’s (game) is a little more deserved. I’m not saying this is the situation for me.”
Shawn Johnson of New York leads the MLS with eight clean sheets, while Philadelphia standout Andre Blake is in the group with six. St. Clair has three shutouts but is just three decimal places behind Johnson and Toronto’s Alex Bono in expected goals minus league goals allowed.
Heath said St. Clair – a member of Canada’s World Cup national team – “will definitely be in the top 3 goaltenders in MLS this season.” “Perhaps we would be biased because we see him every day and we know what he is capable of,” he admitted.
St. Clair’s are having their worst game of the season, losing 2-1 to New England on Sunday. St. Clair said he made a mistake by letting Dylan Borrero’s slow, deflected shot go under him. Revolution star Gustavo Bou then landed a sensational free-kick from long range to score the winning goal.
“He touched my hand, hit the post,” St. Clair said of Bowe’s shot. “I’m thinking maybe if I’m a yard higher…it’s a save. This is one of those: it’s either a great save or a great goal. … Maybe it’s a little rude for me to say that I can keep it, but I think that’s the standard that I want to keep to myself.”
Heath said he will review his selection process for these 12 All-Stars during the upcoming Loons ride. He identified the inside candidates Loda, who scored six goals, centre-back Bacaye Dibassi and central attacking midfielder Emanuel Reynoso.
Minnesota United are 1-5-1 in their last seven games with only five goals scored. The Heat said the Loons’ goal is to score four points (a win and a draw) in a two-game trip with Inter Miami and LA Galaxy on Wednesday. … Minnesota and Miami will face each other for the first time. They have the same record of 5-7-3 this season…. Between matches, the first team and MNUFC staff will travel directly from Florida to California. … Forward Abu Danladi (thigh) returned to Loons training this week. The first pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft has one goal this season. Jeremy Ebobisfourth pick in this draft, tied for the league lead with nine goals.