Members of Minnesota United’s front office didn’t have much time Tuesday to pay attention the ringing in their ears from the shell-shocking 3-2 loss to Seattle Sounders in the MLS Cup Playoffs.

“We’ve got a lot of big decisions to make in the next 24, 36 hours of where we go and what we do to move forward,” Loons manager Adrian Heath said late Monday night inside Lumen Field.

The Loons need to submit to MLS the club’s decisions on players’ options, and while a lot of these decisions have been previously set up, they must be communicated to the league and players in short order.

Moments after Heath spoke, Ethan Finlay — one player subjected to a United club option on his contract for 2021 — lamented to reporters how this band won’t have a reunion.

“This will be the last time this group of guys will be together,” Finlay said, emotions causing his voice to crack.

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But Finlay, 30, also spoke like a player confident he will be back next season, with the objective of not only making it three straight playoff appearances but to go further than the Western Conference final.

“We’ve gotten to the point in this organization where there is expectations, and that is a good thing,” Finlay said. “It’s a good thing that our fans are going to be disappointed, not just happy to be here. That is the mentality of this group. We need our organization, our fans to be the same way. It’s going to push us higher. We will be back. We will rebuild — not even rebuild — but we will reload.”

Here’s seven items high on the Loons’ postseason to-do list:

Kevin Molino

With Kevin Molino’s play-making partnership with new franchise cornerstone Emanuel Reynoso evident in the playoff run, the Loons will make a new contract for Molino its first focus. On Nov. 21, Heath said the team appears “very, very close” to a deal, but Molino declined to talk about his contract situation on Saturday. The Trinidadian scored 13 goals in 2020, four in the playoffs. This outpaced the 12 combined goals he had with club from 2017-19. Given Molino’s age, 30, and the fact that he suffered a second major knee injury in 2018, the price point will be interesting to see.

Ozzie's future

Two days before the West final, Heath had some eyebrow-raising comments on the future of captain Ozzie Alonso. While Heath was willing to express desire to bring back Molino and Luis Amarilla, he wouldn’t directly address Alonso’s club option. “We’ve got maybe five or six players in a similar boat,” the coach said. “I’ve not wanted to get distracted, obviously.”

Hmmm.

Alonso, 35, has been a cog in United’s past two playoff appearances but missed 11 of 27 games with injuries. Maybe United’s aim is to decline the option and seek the Cuban back on a lower salary than the nearly $700,000 he earned in 2019, the last year the MLS Players’ Union shared figures.

Amarilla's 'situation'

The Loons had success with midfielder Robin Lod playing forward during its playoff run, but United wants a true striker. Heath says it could be Amarilla, who missed 17 of 27 games with injuries. The Loons loved his dangerous movement and finishing when he scored goals in back-to-back games in March before COVID-19 disrupted the season. Amarilla, 25, was on a one-year loan from Argentine club Velez Sarsfield and Heath said this week, “We will be speaking to Velez to see if we can extend the situation.”

Opara?

Heath expressed patience with 2019 MLS Defender of the Year Ike Opara this season when he missed every game after March with an undisclosed pre-existing condition. Patience doesn’t run in perpetuity, however, and Heath has said for months there could be more to say on the topic. If it’s continuing concussion symptoms, Opara, 31, will need to make a decision on his future after signing a multi-year deal in 2019. French center back Bayake Dibassy filled in for Opara and United has been pleased with his performances, which included two header goals in the playoffs.

Top 'keeper

Second-year goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair set a club record shutout streak of 349 minutes to start the Loons’ unprecedented 10-game unbeaten run in September. He broke that with a 383-minute streak that ended in Monday’s game against Seattle. He replaced Tyler Miller, who started the club’s first eight games before needing season-ending surgery on both hips.

“We are hoping that Tyler comes back firing on all cylinders and then we have a decision to make on Dayne in terms of, is he going to be the No. 1 or the No. 2?” Heath said in October.

Meanwhile, the Loons have stalled the development of 16-year-old goalkeeper Fred Emmings. The club signed the St. Paul native as its first homegrown player in January but he didn’t get any games this season.

Next for Chacon?

Speaking of stifling growth, the Loons were never able to get a short-term loan deal done for Thomas Chacon. The 20-year-old signed a five-year deal in August 2019 to much hype from the club, but the Uruguayan has played only six MLS games in two years. One option is to take the Designated Player tag off Chacon to free it up for another acquisition on the world market. Given his age, MLS is expected to make that possible in 2021. If they do, the Loons will have two DPs on the roster (Reynoso and Jan Gregus) and one to dangle for another transfer target.

Outsiders wanted

With Reynoso establishing himself as one of the league’s best players since his transfer from Argentina, the Loons are eager to bring in more reinforcements. Heath has said they already know who they want. “We have to go again and try to bring another two and three players to supplement what we’ve got,” he said. “I think we are very close to having a top-drawer team and squad, and we will try and add to it with a little bit more quality, as well.”