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Questions for Minnesota United’s Bill McGuire

Minnesota United FC owner Bill McGuire had a good week with Wednesday’s announcement that his ownership group had been granted an expansion franchise in Major League Soccer with play to begin in 2018. McGuire faces a July 1 deadline to have a workable stadium plan and state lawmakers have said he’ll get little help, but the former UnitedHealth Group chief was in a jovial mood when he agreed to take a few questions from The Associated Press. Answers have been edited for length.

03/28/2015

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Dayton, Lawmakers Say No Public Money Should Go Toward Soccer Stadium

One day after Major League Soccer awarded a new franchise to Minnesota, the governor said the owners should not expect public financing for a new stadium.

03/26/2015

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MLS Expanding To Minn., Downtown Stadium Planned

Major League Soccer is coming to Minnesota. The league made it official on Wednesday at Target Field when they announced that the Minnesota United FC team would play in the league starting in 2018. It’s the news die-hard soccer fans here have been waiting years for.

03/25/2015

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Downtown Soccer Stadium Funding Has Yet To Be Worked Out

While Minneapolis cheered the announcement of a new Major League Soccer franchise, it’s not clear how the owners plan to pay for a new 18,500 seat stadium, and whether they’ll ask for the public’s help.

03/25/2015

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4 Things To Know: Germanwings Plane Crash, MLS Announcement & More

Here is a look at the four stories you need to know about for Wednesday, March 25.

03/25/2015

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Major League Soccer To Make Large Announcement

Officials from Major League Soccer announced they will be making a big statement on Wednesday morning. It is believed that the league will announce that Minnesota has been awarded the new expansion team.

03/25/2015

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MLS, Minnesota United Owner To Make ‘Major Announcement’

Major League Soccer (MLS) and Bill McGuire, the owner of the Minnesota United FC soccer team, are scheduled to make a “major announcement” on Wednesday concerning the future of soccer in Minnesota.

03/23/2015

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MLS In ‘Advanced’ Talks With Minnesota Group; Vikings Out

Major League Soccer confirmed on Monday that it is in “advanced discussions” to bring the Minnesota United FC team into the league as an expansion club.

03/16/2015

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MLS Officials Hear Expansion Pitch From Minneapolis

The two groups hoping to bring a Major League Soccer franchise to Minnesota have made their pitches to league officials. Minneapolis is competing with Las Vegas and Sacramento for a 24th franchise as the league hopes to grow to two dozen teams by the end of the decade. The Minnesota Vikings ownership group led by Zygi Wilf was to argue the soccer team should play in the new $1 billion stadium being built.

11/20/2014

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Minnesota Sports Groups Maneuver For MLS Team

The jockeying is intensifying for two groups hoping to land a Major League Soccer franchise in Minnesota.

10/31/2014

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Minnesota Vikings Working To Secure MLS Team

Soccer fans around the world are watching the World Cup in Brazil, and Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley says he hopes the enthusiasm will continue into August, when Minnesota will host the Guinness International Champions Cup.

06/15/2014

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Vikings Eye Expansion Of Pro Soccer In Minn.

Minnesota’s only professional soccer team — Minnesota United — is flying high. “We’re really excited to join the Lynx as a professional team in this market that’s out there winning championships,” said Minnesota United President Nick Rogers.

06/11/2014

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Good Question: How Popular Is Hockey?

The headlines are not good for the National Hockey League.

06/06/2012