Minnesota United FC
The Minnesota United FC are celebrating their home opener Saturday night and they’re hoping for a big crowd at the National Sports Center. They’re facing off against the San Antonio Scorpions at 7 p.m.
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The group that landed a new professional soccer franchise is turning its focus to Minnesota lawmakers for help building a new stadium. The Minnesota United FC ownership group hasn’t specifically presented a finance plan for a new outdoor stadium.
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.
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.
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.
At TCF Bank Stadium Saturday they’re playing soccer instead of football. Soccer fans have been looking forward to this for months. Back to back soccer matches first with the International Game, followed by the Minnesota United FC match.
If you watched the U.S. take on Belgium at a bar viewing party, there was likely a wait just to get inside. “Packed with people, can’t move in or out,” soccer fan Christian Roemhildt said of Brit’s Pub. “I’ve seen it grow here, it’s just amazing to be in a place where everybody is super excited,” fan Karen Bookler said.
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The professional soccer season is about to fire up in Minnesota, as the Minnesota United is opening its season this Saturday. Minnesota’s pro soccer team will be back on their home field for what already looks like a promising season.