Minnesota United FC will begin playing Major League Soccer in 2017, starting out at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium, while the Club’s permanent new home is being built.
A new privately-financed 20,000-seat soccer-specific stadium is being planned for the Snelling-Midway community of St. Paul.
Minnesota United FC will begin play next season at an interim venue, TCF Bank Stadium, while their new, world-class stadium is being built.
MLS Commissioner, Don Garber, reiterated the strength of the Minnesota market for MLS expansion, stating:
We are proud to officially announce that Minnesota United FC will join Major League Soccer in 2017. 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 are key indicators that this will be a very successful MLS market.
Minnesota United Owner, Dr. William McGuire, announced that the Club is ready to make the transition from NASL to MLS.
Dr. McGuire confirmed:
We have made great strides in the months since MLS expansion plans were announced and look forward to making the jump to Major League Soccer.
This next step is an endorsement of our great state, people, and values, and we look forward to jointly building this team as an important piece of our community.
Saint Paul Mayor, Chris Coleman, addressed the positive impact the Midway stadium plans will have on the neighbourhood, saying:
This opportunity will bring incredible revitalisation to the heart of the Twin Cities – made possible by the catalyst of this proposed stadium and extensive community input. We are so excited to have Major League Soccer here in Minnesota, and to bring the world’s game to Saint Paul and to the entire region.
We have designed what will be a state-of-the-art facility that is ideal for soccer and will optimise the experience for our diverse and passionate fans, as well as that of the players.
With the addition of the new team in Minnesota, 13 clubs have joined MLS since 2005, fulfilling an expansion vision that has transformed the landscape of professional soccer across North America.