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Minnesota United joins MLS as expansion team

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Major League Soccer executives have awarded Minnesota an expansion franchise, making the Minnesota United FC the newest MLS club. MLS currently consists of 20 teams, and its goal is to expand to 24 teams by 2020.

The league confirmed a couple weeks ago that it was in “advanced discussions” with representatives from Minnesota United FC, but the formal announcement was made Wednesday.


“We are in advanced discussions with Bill McGuire and his partners in Minnesota to bring a Major League Soccer expansion club to the Twin Cities and are particularly excited about their plans for a new soccer-specific stadium that will serve as the club's home,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said a couple weeks ago.

But the odds of prospective owner Bill McGuire getting significant public help for a soccer-only stadium is pretty low. Gov. Mark Dayton has made statements that he would close the door on any state financial aid for the outdoor soccer stadium that McGuire wants to build near the Minneapolis Farmers Market.

“I congratulate [McGuire's group] on an apparent success bringing a team to Minnesota,” Gov. Dayton said. “And I think if they are doing so, they need to fully realize that this is something they're going to have to pay for out of their own private resources.”

The outdoor stadium could reportedly cost between $100 and $150 million.

http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story...uncement-today

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On Wednesday, MLS Commissioner Don Garber and Minnesota United FC owner Dr. Bill McGuire announced that MLS will be coming to Minnesota in 2018. The club is the league's 23rd and the first based in the Upper Midwest. Below you can see every MLS team and what year they entered, or will enter, the league.

http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/articl...-mls-23rd-team

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MLS likely to announce Minnesota as next expansion location. The press conference and welcome event will be held at Target Field, the home of the Minnesota Twins who recently signed on with Minnesota United to pursue a Major League Soccer spot. It will take place at noon ET and will be streamed live on Major League Soccer’s website.

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Minneapolis is on the short list for MLS expansion

During today’s 2014 MLS Season Kick Q&A w/ Commissioner Don Garber, the commissioner said Minneapolis is on the short list for MLS expansion (start at 16:40.) He also mentioned by name that there has been a high level of activity with Minnesota United FC.

In Garber’s words, MN United are a strong, passionate group that are very embedded in the community. They are smart, focused, and great community citizens that really care about their city. They are asking how a MLS team can really enhance the city (similar to what happened in KC).

http://www.mls4mn.com/minneapolis-sh...mls-expansion/
Minneapolis is considered a front-runner for a final spot in MLS expansion plans to reach 24 teams by 2020, a league source told Sports Illustrated this week.

Also, Twins owner Jim Pohlad confirmed this week that his family is interested in investing in a possible MLS franchise with United owner Bill McGuire.

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank is expected to pay between $70 million and $100 million to bring an expansion franchise to Atlanta, possibly in 2017, SI.com said.

"MLS would be smart to pick a city like Minneapolis," said Aaron Pitchkolan, a United defender who played five years in MLS. "I think there is a lot of support here for a team."

http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_...eason-amid-mls

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Here is some exciting news for Minnesota soccer fans. The 2020 Partners are encouraging Minnesota United FC to consider building a soccer stadium near ...

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Minnesota United soccer can't wait to move into Bielenberg Field House


With Saturday's open house of the Bielenberg Field House in Woodbury, Minnesota United FC is one step closer to a new training facility.

United owner Bill McGuire contributed more than $1 million to the $22 million sports complex with plans to move in during July, but construction delays pushed that back. With the locker room and weight room still unfinished, a revised move-in date hasn't been set.

United will have access to 7,500 square feet of training space -- funded by McGuire -- and a full-sized indoor turf field. Bielenberg has the largest indoor soccer field in Minnesota, and the 90,000-square-foot field house is about the same size as facilities for the Vikings and University of Minnesota.

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