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Minnesota United FC officially joins Major League Soccer

Minnesota United FC is the 23rd MLS franchise

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Major League Soccer has just officially announced that Minnesota United FC will be the 23rd MLS franchise. Minnesota United FC will join the league in 2018. The new team will be owned by a Minnesota ownership group led by Dr. Bill McGuire and will play in a new soccer-specific stadium in downtown Minneapolis.

Don Garber

We are proud to welcome Minnesota to Major League Soccer.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 in Minnesota were key indicators that this was the right market. The passionate soccer fans in Minnesota will soon have a world-class, downtown soccer stadium that will serve as the home for the new MLS team and become a destination for marquee international sports events.

Dr. Bill McGuire

I want to thank MLS Commissioner Don Garber and the league's owners for helping us bring Major League Soccer to Minnesota. As a group of Minnesotans who love this state and have made a commitment to bring this vision to life, this is a momentous day that we've all been waiting for.

The MLS is one franchise away from making its set target of 24. How do you feel about Minnesota United FC joining MLS in 2018?