MLS Expansion: All signs point to Minnesota in 2017

Atlanta United FC is the only MLS expansion team confirmed for 2017, but MLS commissioner Don Garber told ESPN at halftime of the AT&T MLS All-Star Game that the league will have "another announcement in a couple of weeks" on who will join Atlanta. That should be Minnesota, though the team name and home field for 2017 remain to be determined.

Minnesota United FC is playing in the NASL though it might not retain its name when it moves to MLS. It currently plays at the National Sports Center in suburban Blaine.

The delays in confirming Minnesota as MLS's 22nd team appear to center around the hangup in state approval of property tax breaks for the privately financed stadium the ownership group plans on building in St. Paul. No tax bill was signed, so a special session is expected to be held in August.

The two options for a temporary stadium are TCF Stadium (University of Minnesota football stadium with artificial turf) and Target Field (Minnesota twins' baseball stadium with grass). The preferred choice is believed to be TCF Stadium because it has fewer conflicts.

It is MLS's strong preference that teams are added in pairs to give the league an even number of teams.

1 comment about "MLS Expansion: All signs point to Minnesota in 2017".
  1. Wooden Ships, August 1, 2016 at 12:05 p.m.

    Grass, grass, grass.

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