MLS Offseason Notebook: Expansion news from Minnesota, St. Louis

IMAGE, MINNESOTA UNITED FC

by RYAN BRISTER

Minnesota set to join next season, but not as United: A report by Brian Straus suggests that it is increasingly likely that Minnesota United will make the jump from NASL to MLS for the 2017 season. They were originally slated for a 2018 debut. Furthermore, it appears that MLS will make the club change their name, fearing that three separate clubs named United would be one too many.

Struas also reports that the team is leaning towards TCF Bank Stadium as a temporary home. The venue has 50,000 seats, a turf surface, and is used for the University of Minnesota’s football team, but has hosted soccer friendlies in the past. Minnesota expects to have its soccer-specific stadium complete in time for 2018.

St. Louis forms group to find investors: Also on the expansion front, St. Louis is continuing its rapid rise onto MLS’s radar. The league views the departure of the St. Louis Rams as an opportunity, and yesterday a business group was formed to explore the possibility of bringing MLS to St. Louis. The group includes executives from the St. Louis Cardinals and Blues, as well as the owner of St. Louis FC, which currently plays in the USL.

USL reinforcements at DC: DC United dipped into the USL this week, picking up Rob Vincent from the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Terms of the transfer were not disclosed. 


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