Minnesota United FC Announced as 23rd Team to Join Major League Soccer [VIDEO]
Today, Major League Soccer announced that Minnesota United FC has been named as the 23rd club to join the league starting in the 2018 season.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber made the announcement at a press event today (3/25) held at Target Field. Garber was joined by Minnesota United FC Owner Dr. Bill McGuire and members of the "Dark Clouds," one of the clubs Supporters Groups. McGuire will head the ownership group that includes Robert Pohlad, Jim Pohlad, Wendy Carlson Nelson and Glen Taylor.
Minnesota United FC currently play in the NASL in US Soccer's second tier. They will continue to play there until the end of the 2017 season.
A new soccer specific stadium will be built in the Farmer's Market neighborhood of Minneapolis. Plans for this new stadium are in the work, but are said to be finalized by July 1st so that the new stadium will be ready in time for the 2018 season.
Top tier soccer is nothing new to Minnesota. Back in the 1970's, the Minnesota Kicks would regularly attract upwards of 40,000 to see them play in the original incarnation of the NASL. The Minnesota Thunder were a very successful minor league club through the 90's and early 2000's. More recently, The Minnesota United FC won NASL's Woosnam Cup in 2014 for having the best regular season record.
Priority for Season Tickets for the club in their first MLS season will be given to current season ticket holders, or those that purchase 2015 season tickets.