Minnesota United gives MLS another soccer-oriented home
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — There's no clearer way to show the growth of Major League Soccer than with a shiny new stadium, built simply for the sport long dubbed "the beautiful game."
Crowd of 50,000-plus will watch Minnesota’s last home game
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After almost two full years as a Major League Soccer franchise, Minnesota United FC has been an unquestionably successful draw in a crowded sports market.
The Loons have more than 50,000 tickets sold and distributed for their final home game of the season to prove it.
LAFC acquires F Christian Ramirez from Minnesota United
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles FC has acquired goal-scoring forward Christian Ramirez from Minnesota United FC.
LAFC traded $550,000 in cash Monday night in a deal that includes a potential $200,000 more depending on future performances by Ramirez, the leading goal-scorer in Minnesota United's franchise history.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Darwin Quintero scored three times for the first hat trick in Minnesota United FC history, helping the Loons beat Toronto FC 4-3 on Wednesday night.
Minnesota United (6-1-10) snapped a three-game losing streak that included a 1-0 loss to FC Dallas on Friday at TCF Bank Stadium.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota United FC will play the Houston Dynamo on June 18 in the round of 16 in the U.S. Open Cup.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Wes Burdine is a musician, publisher, technical writer and soccer aficionado.
You can soon add bar owner to his resume. Burdine, who chronicles the exploits of the Minnesota United FC on the podcast FiftyFive.One, is buying the Town House Bar, a few blocks from his home and near St. Paul's future Major League Soccer stadium.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Alvas Powell and Diego Valeri scored three minutes apart in the first half as the Portland Timbers earned a 3-2 victory over Minnesota United FC on a rainy Saturday night.
The win is Portland's first of the season, after going winless on a five-game road trip (0-3-2) to start the season. The extended road trip was due to renovations being done to Providence Park to expand their seating capacity.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Defender Francisco Calvo scored an own goal in the third minute, giving ten-man Atlanta United FC a 1-0 win over Minnesota United FC in a battle of last season's expansion teams on Saturday night.
Minnesota (2-3-0) goalkeeper Matthew Lampson attempted to punch away a close-range shot and Atlanta's Hector Villalba headed it back at goal. The rebound of Villalba's header off the crossbar deflected off Calvo and trickled into the right corner of the goal.
Minnesota United FCs home opener Saturday was played under clear skies and an abundance of sunshine. The soccer ball was white, the play was competitive, and the final score mattered.
In other words, a 180-degree change from the teams inaugural home opener last season.
The product means as much as the party now. And the Loons look markedly improved and better equipped to compete in Major League Soccer in Act II.
After a strong start defensively, things quickly unraveled in Minnesota United FCs season opener Saturday night.
United surrendered two goals roughly a minute apart in the first half en route to falling to the San Jose Earthquakes 3-2 at Avaya Stadium.
Talk to anyone associated with Minnesota United FC and these four words are bound to come out of his or her mouth within the first minute of conversation: experience, build, core, improvement.
Its basically the new harder, better, faster, stronger. Daft Punk just has to record the song.
Workers toiling to finish Allianz Field for next year’s MLS crowds in St. Paul
As workers continued hauling, pounding, installing and pouring Thursday, Minnesota United FC managing partner Bill McGuire looked out from the south end of a rising Allianz Field and fast-forwarded to a year from now. Its going to be impressive, said the man who is in charge of the team and building this $200 million, privately financed stadium.
Per soccer tradition, a new season means a new kit. And Minnesota United debuted a new 2018 version with stripes Sunday afternoon.
But the event was noticeably grander than the inaugural version a year ago. Then, about 1,000 fans came to Machine Shop to see the first primary and secondary kits. This time, fans in United gear as well as passing shoppers filled the ground floor of Mall of Americas rotunda and lined the floors above it.
Minnesota United to open season March 3 at San Jose, then home on St. Patrick’s Day
Minnesota United FC will open its 2018 regular season on the road on March 3 with a match against San Jose before returning home to play Chicago Fire on March 17.
The games were announced Tuesday by the Loons. Kickoff time for the San Jose match is 9:30 p.m. Central. The time for the St. Patricks Day home match at TCF Bank Stadium was not announced. A complete schedule for 2018 will be released later.
Nick Rogers, who was president of Minnesota United FC before the club hired Chris Wright as its new chief executive officer in September, is leaving the organization.
Rogers departure was announced Tuesday afternoon in a news release from Minnesota United.
There really is going to be a lot of new business and residents living around Minnesota United’s new soccer stadium in St. Paul — but not until it is done.
RD Management, a New York-based property management company, which owns 20 acres in the Midway area of St. Paul where the Allianz Field stadium is being built, said Monday it has plans for new buildings that would “add additional retail, office, residential, entertainment, and hospitality options to its property.”
Charleston Battery bringing in MLS teams Atlanta, Columbus, Minnesota for 2018 Carolina Challenge Cup
The 2018 Carolina Challenge Cup will feature three teams from Major League Soccer — Atlanta United, Columbus Crew SC and Minnesota United FC — along with host team Charleston Battery next February at MUSC Health Stadium on Daniel Island.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The owners of the Minnesota Vikings have joined a group trying to bring a Major League Soccer expansion franchise to Nashville, after a failed bid to bring a club to their enclosed NFL stadium.
Zygi Wilf, Mark Wilf and Leonard Wilf are minority partners in the Nashville project, according to Nashville Soccer Holdings CEO John R. Ingram. Terms of their investment haven't been disclosed. The expansion fee being charged by the league is $150 million.
Correction: MLS-Around Major League Soccer story
ATLANTA (AP) — In a story July 12 about MLS attendance, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Minnesota United FC's average home attendance is 12,260. Minnesota United FC's average home attendance is 19,960.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Expansion Atlanta United lead MLS in attendance
Atlanta leads the MLS in attendance with an average of 46,482 fans per game, ahead of the Seattle Sounders, the longtime league leaders in attendance
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Michael Barios assisted on a goal late in the first half and scored early in the second to lift FC Dallas to a 2-0 victory over Minnesota United FC on Saturday night.
Javier Morales' first goal of the season in the 43rd minute was all Jesse Gonzalez needed for his second shutout in two starts this season.