The "beautiful game" is set to grow in this beautiful state as Major League Soccer and the Minnesota United announced the team's selection as a new MLS team in a press conference with MLS Commissioner Don Garber and United owner Bill McGuire Wednesday.
The "#MNU2MLS" move puts the Twin Cities as the ninth metro area to host all five major league teams (Boston, New York, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Philadelphia, San Francisco Bay Area and Washington D.C. are the others).
"Today is the culmination of a journey that began a number of years ago for our good friend Bill McGuire," Garber said. "This started as a project about taking...
Late last week the Minnesota United announced the signing of 28-year-old midfielder Jonny Steele.
The Northern Irish-born Steele has had experience in Major League Soccer and on his national team.
"I've seen all the exciting things Minnesota United has done over the past two years," said Steele via the team website. "When the opportunity came up to join the roster I couldn't pass it up. I'm a hard worker number one and I can't wait to be playing football for a great club like United."
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The World Cup is over with Germany victorious as the first European team to win on the South American continent. After weeks of gathering at local pubs, bars, and movie theaters to watch the matches, what can a soccer fan do in the meantime? A person could wait for the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada, but how about supporting your local soccer team, MN United FC
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With Minnesota United FC’s return to the National Sports Center in Blaine, I too returned, along with the 7,024 attendees (second most for a United NASL league match), to see United take on the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
United came into the game in second place in the NASL fall standings (first in combined) while the Rowdies came into the game with the third most points in the NASL (fifth in combined).
The scoring began again for United’s golden boot leader Christian Ramirez. Ramirez had the back of his foot kicked for a penalty shot. The recently-named NASL Player of the Month slid the ball left of Rowdies’...!--more-->
The Minnesota United extended their eleven game NASL unbeaten streak Saturday against the Cosmos in New York by tying 1-1. The spring season champion United are now in second place on the table for the fall season, only one point behind San Antonio -- the squad is still atop the combined standings for both spring and fall.
A huge part of the lead and streak has been striker Christian Ramirez, who is currently on a five-game scoring streak in North American Soccer League games. Ramirez leads both the team and the entire league in goals with 13. He also leads the team with five assists.
Four years of soccer history versus 102 years. North American Soccer League versus English Premier League. Minnesota United FC versus Swansea City AFC.
Despite one club having a storied history and the other not, the young Minnesota club was victorious 2-0 (or two, nil as the Brits say).
Saturday the United hosted Swansea in Blaine at the National Sports Center -- fortunately, I was able to be one of the Minnesota United’s record-high 9,064 fans (1,000 more than the previous record) in attendance to see the local team take on Swansea City, the first team from one of the top leagues in Europe, the English Premier League, to play...!--more-->