Official: Minnesota United FC to join MLS in 2017

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Major League Soccer will have two teams entering the fold in 2017.

While Atlanta United FC’s presence has been made with several signings, most notably former Premier League forward Kenwyne Jones, a second team has announced its arrival to the United States’ top flight on Friday.

Minnesota United FC will join MLS next season after announcing its expansion into the league this evening.

MLS commissioner Don Garber and Minnesota United majority owner Dr. Bill McGuire revealed the news in St. Paul on Friday night in front of a crowd of the team’s most passionate fans.

“We have made great strides in the months since MLS expansion plans were announced,” said Dr. Bill McGuire in a statement from the club, “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.”

The team, which currently plays in NASL, will make the jump to MLS ahead of March 2017, when the new MLS season officially begins. The club announced that the team will keep its official colors and logo.

While talks continue over the club’s new 21,500-seat stadium, the Loons will play at the University of Minnesota’s football stadium for their inaugural season, which seats over 52,000 supporters.

Minnesota United currently averages over 8,000 fans per game in NASL, which leads the league in attendance.