Minnesota United president Nick Rogers
, who helped steer the club from its days as the Minnesota Stars in the NASL to an MLS expansion team in 2017, is stepping down.
follows the hiring of Chris Wright
, president of the NBA Timberwolves and the WNBA Lynx, as the Loons' chief executive officer in September.
In 2012, Rogers took his
father-in-law, Dr. Bill McGuire
, the former CEO of UnitedHealth Group, to an NASL game at National Sports Center in Blaine. McGuire saved pro soccer in Minnesota when purchased the NASL Stars,
then run by the league.
Minnesota United will move into its new $200 million stadium, Allianz Field, in St. Paul in 2019. Wright's job will be to make sure the stadium, which will
initially seat 19,400 fans, is filled.