In the land of 10,000 lakes, Minnesota United FC represents the next era of professional soccer. The NASL championship win in 2011 after only a year’s existence proved the team is dedicated, dangerous and ready to work.
MNU has come a long way over the past few years. Originally named Minnesota Thunder and owned by the National Sports Center, the team struggled with financial issues in 2009. The NSC decided they would find a new team to replace the Minnesota Thunder, which became the NSC Minnesota Stars. The team’s skill was instantly recognizable, winning 4th in their conference in their 2010 season.
With the 2011 season came changes. The NASL (North American Soccer League) took over the team, and they quickly went on to win the NASL championship in 2011. After struggling for ownership in 2012, the team bounced back and headed into the 2013 and 2014 seasons renamed as the Minnesota United FC. They won the NASL Spring Season Championship in 2014, finishing the season with 6 wins, 2 draws, and 1 loss to the New York Cosmos.
The team has won numerous awards on and off the field. In addition to their 2011 and 2014 championships, they also took home the 2013 NASL Fair Play Award, and the 2014 NASL North American Supporter’s Trophy. They were also awarded the 2014 Emerging Business of the Year Award, and many players have been featured as player of the week, player of the month, and NASL Best XI.
So what can you expect?
The team’s head coach Manny Lagos says, “One hundred percent this year, the vision for the club is to win championships.” And it seems quite possible with their new solidified roster, signing Brazilian soccer star Ibson and New York Red Bull’s Jonny Steele. Newcomers Sammy Ndjock, Kalif Alhassan and J.C. Banks will also begin their careers at MNU this year. And with returning star players like Christian Ramirez and Miguel Ibarra, there’s no doubt the team is coming back full fource.
Where can I get tickets?
The team’s first kickoff game of the season is April 11th against the Tampa Bay Rowdies, and their first home opener is April 25th against the San Antonio Scorpions. You can purchase single season tickets here, or purchase season ticket passes here!
Check out the team’s 2015 Season Kickoff!