Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber was at Target Field in Minneapolis today for a formal announcement that the Minnesota United will become the 23rd franchise in league history and is set to begin play in 2018.
Garber was joined by United owner Bill McGuire who briefly fielded questions regarding the proposed stadium site which is in close proximity to the Twins’ ballpark. The stadium is expected to cost between $100-200 million dollars and will hold approximately 18,000 spectators.
“We are proud to welcome Minnesota to Major League Soccer,” Garber said in a league statement. “The ownership group’s commitment to soccer and the community, the area’s growing millennial population and the region’s rich tradition of supporting soccer at all levels in Minnesota were key indicators that this was the right market. The passionate soccer fans in Minnesota will soon have a world-class, downtown soccer stadium that will serve as the home for the new MLS team and become a destination for marquee international sports events.”
Currently playing in the North American Soccer League (NASL), the Minnesota United FC was founded in 2010 and won the 2011 NASL Championship. Nicknamed the Loons, United won the spring championship in 2014 then later went on to defeat the Premier League club Swansea City 2-0 in a friendly in front of over 9000 fans in Minnesota.
MLS intends to add a 24th franchise by the year 2020.
— Minnesota United FC (@MNUnitedFC) March 25, 2015
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