Update: The team has officially announced “a celebration of Minnesota soccer” at the Historic Union Depot in Lowertown, St. Paul, on August 19th at 5:00pm where their formal plans for MLS entry are expected to be announced. Information and registration available at mnunitedfc.com.
Minnesota has scored a 2017 entrance into Major League Soccer.
According to FiftyFive.One, fans of the Minnesota United FC should keep August 19 open on their calendars. At a venue expected to be announced later this week, a joint press conference with the professional soccer team, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, and MLS Commissioner Don Garber will formally declare the club’s move from the North American Soccer League to the MLS starting in 2017.
— Minnesota United FC (@MNUnitedFC) August 9, 2016
Word of the press conference surfaced on August 6, after a defeat to Miami FC at the National Sports Center in Blaine. Minnesota United FC staff members passed out save-the-date cards that revealed “STP,” “8.19.16,” and “Be there” on one side, while the flip side read #NextStopMLS.
Next year will surely be an exciting season for Minnesota soccer fans, but we’ll have to wait until at least 2018 to see the new $150 million, 20,000-seat stadium in St. Paul’s Midway neighborhood. Until then, the team is likely to play at TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota.
The move up to the MLS comes with more than just a change of venue, however. According to FiftyFive.One, while the loon logo and color scheme will likely stay intact, “United” could be dropped, from the name, and the team will likely be known as Minnesota FC.
No matter what changes are underway for the Loons, it looks as though soccer in Minnesota is more united than ever.