Minnesota United joins MLS as expansion team
MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -
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.