A lot has happened since Jeff Anderson of the Vikings last updated MLS4MN on the Vikings plans for a Minneapolis MLS team on 12/17/13:

“We remain interested in pursuing an MLS franchise to play in the new stadium, and the team is continuing its on-going dialogue with the leadership of MLS. Nothing more to report at this point.”

Here’s a quick recap of the news over the past four months.

Then on 12/30/13 it was reported that talks were heating up between the Vikings and MLS:

In early February a rumor of a major international soccer match was coming to Minneapolis this summer that “definitely isn’t” at TCF Bank Stadium.

A week later it was announced that Manchester City from England’s Premier League and Olympiakos from Superleague Greece will play on Aug. 2 at 2 p.m., at TCF Bank Stadium on August 2nd.

On 2/11/14 Michele Kelm-Helgen, the chairwoman of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority which is overseeing construction of the $1 billion Vikings stadium, said “there’s discussions going on with the MLS about getting an MLS franchise here but nothing that’s finalized.”

Then on 3/4/14 Minneapolis was publically placed on the short list for MLS expansion by Commissioner Garber. The big news coming from this was Garber mentions Minnesota United for the first time in the expansion race.


And today, Arthur Blank and the Atlanta Falcons are in “the very final stages” of an expansion agreement with MLS with Minneapolis being considered the frontrunner for the final spot.

Last but certainly not least on April 27th Minnesota United FC plays the home opener of the NASL Spring Season against FC Edmonton at the National Sports Center in Blaine. If you don’t have your season tickets yet now would be a great time to invest in soccer in Minneapolis.



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