MEET HEAD ATHLETIC TRAINER DAVID BLOOMQUIST

David Bloomquist before he started flying with the Crows.

David Bloomquist before he started flying with the Crows.

Minneapolis City SC are excited to welcome David Bloomquist as Head Athletic Trainer for the club. Bloomquist, of Twin Cities Orthopedics, boasts impressive experience as a trainer and with soccer specifically, having previously spent three years with Minnesota United FC and Minnesota United FC Reserves.

We stole a few minutes to chat with David before surely keeping him busy as we prepare for our US Open Cup qualifier on November 19.

What is interesting about working with Minneapolis City?

"I'm most excited about working with high-level local athletes. It's always fun to work with current and former collegiate players and it will be great to work with some former athletes from my time with MNUFC."

Why did you become an Athletic Trainer?

“I always wanted to be in the healthcare field. Growing up as an athlete and playing throughout college, I realize how great a population of athletes are to work with. My experiences with various athletic trainers during my athletics career definitely helped shape my desire to become an athletic trainer myself.”

You have spent a lot of time working with soccer players? Why is that and do you have a specific approach for soccer players?

“I’ve always been a fan of the game. My first job out of graduate school was working with the men’s soccer team at St. John’s University and then I was fortunate enough to spend some time working with Minnesota United FC during the last three years of their tenure in the NASL.”

“Soccer players are unique because of the demands of the game. Overall, I would say that I use more manual therapy and hands-on techniques with soccer players than I might with other types of athletes. In terms of recovery from injury, you have to be able to train them both of the endurance and the explosive aspects of the match which can be a unique challenge.”

The NPSL has a short and intense season. How does that change, if it does, your approach?

“There is definitely a big emphasis on recovery with all of the players to make sure that they are taking care of their bodies, especially during weeks where they may have two or three games over the course of a week. The compactness of the NPSL schedule can take a tool on the players if they aren’t taking necessary steps to recover properly.”

What sets TCO apart?

“I feel that the value that TCO places on our community partners and the emphasis that is placed on quality care set us apart from other orthopedic and sports medicine providers. We strive to add value to our partner organizations whether those are youth, high school, collegiate, or professional relationships and provide our patients with the best possible experience.”

TWIN CITIES ORTHOPEDICS BECOMES CLUB'S OFFICIAL SPORTS MEDICINE PROVIDER

Minneapolis -- Minneapolis City SC is proud to announce Twin Cities Orthopedics as Official Sports Medicine Provider for the club beginning with the 2018 National Premier Soccer League season.

Minneapolis City President Dan Hoedeman said: "This is a big step in our continued effort to build a professional-like, high-performance environment for our players. The talent that TCO has and that will be working with us is top level, as we strive to be."

Rebecca Knight, TCO relationship marketing, said: "We are excited to work with Minneapolis City professionally because we love to work with high-performance athletes and because they have such a loyal, soccer-savvy following."

TCO will provide sports medicine and athletic training support throughout the season and include baseline and brain health testing in the preseason to ensure that our players are safe and ready for peak performance.

David Bloomquist will be the Lead Athletic Trainer working with Minneapolis City. Bloomquist, previously the Head Athletic Trainer with Minnesota United FC, brings a wealth of soccer-specific experience and expertise to the job.

"I can't wait to get started," said Bloomquist. "I enjoy working with athletes and helping them manage through the rigors of the compact and intense NPSL season."

ANNOUNCING TCO AS OFFICIAL SPORTS MEDICINE PROVIDER

Minneapolis -- Minneapolis City SC is proud to announce Twin Cities Orthopedics as Official Sports Medicine Provider for the club beginning with the 2018 National Premier Soccer League season.

Minneapolis City President Dan Hoedeman said: "This is a big step in our continued effort to build a professional-like, high-performance environment for our players. The talent that TCO has and that will be working with us is top level, as we strive to be."

Rebecca Knight, TCO relationship marketing, said: "We are excited to work with Minneapolis City professionally because we love to work with high-performance athletes and because they have such a loyal, soccer-savvy following."

TCO will provide sports medicine and athletic training support throughout the season, and will include baseline and concussion testing in the preseason to ensure that our players are safe and ready for peak performance.

David Bloomquist will be the Head Athletic Trainer working with Minneapolis City. Bloomquist, brings a wealth of soccer-specific experience and expertise on the job, after spending three season with Minnesota United FC and the Minnesota United FC Reserves.

"I can't wait to get started," said Bloomquist. "Soccer is a passion of mine and I enjoy helping athletes manage the rigors of the very intense NPSL."

MAX KENT TALKS ABOUT TRYING OUT WITH MPLS CITY

Minneapolis City defender Max Kent opens up about his experience at last year's open tryout and what it meant for him to make the team--and then go on to excel with the Crows through the season:

Defender Max Kent in action during the 3-1 win against Sioux Falls Thunder.

Defender Max Kent in action during the 3-1 win against Sioux Falls Thunder.

"The ambitious and exciting culture of Minneapolis City SC truly begins at the open tryout. 

From the get go, you can sense that everyone wants to make an impact. From the players trying to prove they are the next big thing, to the coaches trying to prove they can win the title. The passion to be the best is unmatched. 

Open tryouts provided the perfect platform to showcase my playing abilities against other participants and current City players. This allowed me to start learning how to play with what would be my fellow teammates in a few weeks.

Over the course of two hours you are given the chance to outplay, outwork, and outmatch the other participants. That task should be an exciting undertaking for any soccer player.  

Furthermore, the open tryout offers you the opportunity to compare yourself to some of the best talent in the state. Whether your training next to an ex-professional or Division 1 soccer player, you may never get an opportunity to play next to such talent anywhere else. 

After being selected to City, it felt as if a new door had opened up in my career; a dream come true. Even after having a thrilling college season, I was excited to fill my summer with Friday night lights, the Citizens’ chants, and local soccer."

SUMMIT BREWING BACK AGAIN AS TITLE SPONSOR

Minneapolis - Minneapolis City SC are proud to announce that Summit Brewing Company, the Twin Cities' original and iconic craft brewery, has extended its title sponsor agreement with the club.

Minneapolis City Sporting Director Jon Bisswurm said: "It's been five years of good beer and great partnership and I'm really excited that we're going to keep it going."

The Summit logo will continue to grace the club's home and away shirts, as well as those of the Stegman's teams competing in the MASL and MRSL as well.

Summit will continue to be the craft beer of choice at club events and, where the occasional non-draconian local liquor laws allow, in the stands as well.

Dan Hoedeman, club President, said: "Who says Minneapolis and St Paul can't work together? And, more than that, this shows the continuing--and growing--value that we deliver to our partners."

CITY ANNOUNCE STIMULUS ATHLETIC AS NEW KIT PROVIDER

Minneapolis - Minneapolis City SC are thrilled to announce a new technical partnership with Stimulus Athletic, founded in Minneapolis by former Minnesota United striker Geison Moura. The agreement sees Stimulus become the official kit supplier beginning in the 2018 season

Minneapolis City director Sarah Schreier said: "This is an incredibly exciting deal for the club. We are a local club so it's important to us to partner with local companies when we can, and when we saw the quality of the product and ability to completely custom the design, we knew it was a match."

Geison Moura, founder of Stimulus, said: "Minneapolis City is a great club, a fun brand, and has very passionate fans. This partnership will give our product great visibility, and I am excited to show their players and supporters what we can create for them."

Lifetime and 2018 Members will be able to vote on the new kit designs in early November.

Dan Hoedeman, club President, said: "We have never been content to choose from a template because we aren't a templated club. So when Sarah found Stimulus via aggressive internet-ing and we saw what they were all about, it just made sense."

 

2017 ANNUAL REVIEW

Part I: The year in (financial) review

Last year we opened our books and talked about what it takes financially to start a lower division soccer club.

This ear we are going to open our books again and then, because that isn’t enough, will talk about how promotion/relegation in an American pyramid could impact us and what the jump to professional really means.1

The first year is always the hardest, but that doesn’t mean the second year will be easy.

When we started Minneapolis City we had a three-year plan to break even within the volunteer-run, amateur-player structure that we started with.2

It was great theoretically and, spoiler alert, in practice, but in our first year we lost money.3

READ IT ALL AT FIFTYFIVE.ONE

TALKING LIKE WE WALK: OUR BRAND

There is a simple test, just a single question, to determine if your career is something you truly love. Can you answer yes to “would you still do the work if you weren’t paid for it?”

After year two of the Minneapolis City project, the answer is yes. Branding and advertising is my jam, I do it for free, and even in my passion projects I can’t help but bring those skills into it.

The club has gotten aggressively trolled for that, for being “all hype”.

So it seems fitting to talk about the brand, the famous logo, and why us being us is the key to our success.

We started the club with no money.

That drove our launch strategy which can be summed up as: get as much attention and earned media as possible without spending any money...

READ THE WHOLE THING.

The original version was published by American Pyramid on 8/7/2017.

THE ATHLETIC BILBAO OF THE NORTH

We pride ourselves on being a community club. By local people, for local people. The Athletic Bilbao of The North.

What does that mean?

Athletic Bilbao famously only fields Basque players and, in that line, we field only Minnesotan players.

Well, what does it mean to be Minnesotan? That is a charged question in the current climate but one that we have a strong point of view on: a Minnesotan is simply someone who calls themselves Minnesotan.

Birth certificate doesn't come into it. Doesn't matter how long you have lived here. Race, class, gender or propensity to say "uff da" is irrelevant.

READ MORE.

UNDEFEATED

On being an intern, battling cancer, and building a club.

By: Kristian Evans

I remember the moment I fell in love with MPLS City very clearly. In the club’s home opener against the Croatian Eagles, Isaac Friendt, who had been dominating the entire game, made an incredible run to the outside and blew by the the poor back tasked with containing him.  Without much choice, the back took Isaac down and was quickly whistled for a red card, while the crowd cheered in approval, Jon Bisswurm, now the club’s Sporting Director, took the jubilation to the next level.  In a full on sprint, red solo cup in hand, Jon ran towards the ball that had spurted out of bounds as a result of the foul and took a running kick at it only to fall in spectacular fashion.  I think I was one of the few to see it, but that moment summed up Minneapolis City pretty well for me; we are unorthodox, and beyond strange but man, do we know how to make lower division soccer fun.