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The Complete Darkness 2017

December 4, 2017
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It’s back!

After taking a season off to work on other projects, we are back with the 2017 edition of The Complete Darkness. Like the editions before it, The Complete Darkness chronicles a year of Minnesota United FC.Complete Darkness cover 2017

In 2017, Minnesota United FC moved from the lower divisions of American soccer to Major League Soccer. It was a season of disasters and triumphs.

A fateful scouting trip to Scandinavia, a hole in the Midway Earth, and the spreading wings of a Loons scouring network: the results in the snow and sun were only matched by the intrigue and craziness off the pitch.

The 2017 Complete Darkness looks back at the events and personalities that shaped an eventful year for Minnesota soccer. It features an in-depth look at one of the primary figures behind shaping the Loons’ roster, Amos Magee and the unlikely triumph of local boy, Brent Kallman. The book includes player bios and match recaps for the entire 2017 Minnesota United season.

Buy it now for $12. To be released at the end of January 2018.

If you are a Dark Clouds member, use the code DarkClouds for a $2 discount (make sure to use the name registered in your Dark Clouds membership, so we can verify membership. If we can’t match them up, we will have to contact you and possibly cancel the order).

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The Complete Darkness 2015

November 17, 2015
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cover mock up ramirez7In January 2016, Byline Press will publish their second annual review of the Minnesota United FC season. It will feature profiles of Miguel Ibarra and Christian Ramirez, an inside look at the how the stadium deal got done by Brian Quarstad, a eulogy for the Sweetwater by Bruce McGuire, and exclusive analysis of statistics that basically no one else gets to look at. The Complete Darkness 2015 will also allow you to go game by game with reports and statistics as well as profiles and statistics for all of the players. Pre-order by December 31, 2015 and get free shipping and handling. Or you can order it with along with The Complete Darkness 2014 and save $7.

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Minnesota Writers

September 26, 2015
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As we gear up for the 2015 edition of The Complete Darkness, we are looking for good writers. We want to take in-depth and unconventional looks at Minnesota United FC, so what are the stories you want to hear and what are the stories you want to tell? Send an email to wes@bylinepress.com with some information about your writing experience and include a couple of short pitches for articles.

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Wes Burdine

January 30, 2015
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Wes Burdine is Byline Press’ publisher and editor of FiftyFive.One. He has a PhD in English literature and has written about soccer for the MLSSoccer.com, Howler Magazine, Growler Magazine, and a number of other publications that do not rhyme with Owler. He is also the host of the FiftyFive.One podcast.

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The Complete Darkness 2014

January 29, 2015
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We published The Complete Darkness 2014: An Annual Review of Minnesota United FC in January 2015.

The first annual The Complete Darkness looks back at each match, each player, and the news of the year. We get an up-close and personal look at Assistant Carl Craig, insight into how the Loons built a Brazilian contingent, game reports, player profiles, and a statistical analysis of the tactics. Howler published an excerpt of the book, All the Roads We Have to Walk are Winding, a profile of Assistant Coach Carl Craig by Alex Schieferdecker.

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    Bill Stenross

    Bill Stenross is the CFO and manager of Byline Press. Among other projects, he started The Loon Call, a website dedicated to Minnesota soccer.
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    Wes Burdine

    Wes Burdine is Byline Press’ publisher and editor of FiftyFive.One. He has a PhD in English literature and has written about soccer for the MLSSoccer.com, Howler Magazine, Growler Magazine, and a number of other publications that do not rhyme with Owler. He is also the host of the FiftyFive.One podcast.
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    Dec04

    The Complete Darkness 2017

    It’s back! After taking a season off to work on other projects, we are back with the 2017 edition of The Complete Darkness. Like the editions before it, The Complete Darkness chronicles a year of Minnesota United FC. In 2017, Minnesota United FC moved from the lower divisions of American soccer to Major League Soccer. […]
    cover mock up ramirez7
    Nov17

    The Complete Darkness 2015

    In January 2016, Byline Press will publish their second annual review of the Minnesota United FC season. It will feature profiles of Miguel Ibarra and Christian Ramirez, an inside look at the how the stadium deal got done by Brian Quarstad, a eulogy for the Sweetwater by Bruce McGuire, and exclusive analysis of statistics that […]
  • Submissions and Contacts

    We founded Byline Press to tell the stories of American soccer that seemed to have no forum. Currently, we are looking for writers and photographers in New York, Seattle, Kansas City, and Indianapolis. Send any queries and pitches to wes@bylinepress.com.