It’s official: Major League Soccer welcomes Minnesota United FC for 2018

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“Is going to MLS, is going to MLS. The team that nobody wanted, the team that nobody wanted, the team that nobody wanted… is going to MLS.”

That was the chant from Dark Clouds, a supporters group of Minnesota United FC as they revealed news that was far from a secret.

Now it’s official: NASL side Minnesota United FC will become an MLS side in 2018, with a soccer-specific stadium planned for the Farmer’s Market area of Minneapolis.

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The press conference was held at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins, and featured such USMNT luminaries as Landon Donovan and Tony Sanneh.

MLS commissioner Don Garber called it “a historic day for our sport”, hailing the ownership group as a major reason for “Why Minnesota?” He then introduced Dr. Bill McGuire.

“It’s hard to be anything but humbled,” said an emotional McGuire.