Andy Greder from the Pioneer Press checks in with this article titled Local Ownership Groups Look to Seattle as a Model.

This piece starts out looking at both the Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota United FC ownership groups making the trip to Portland for the MLS All-Star Game. It says both organizations are examining the Sounders as a model club.

MLS Executive Vice President of Communications, Dan Courtemanche, who is Commissioner Don Garber’s right hand man, says there are three things the league is looking for to help their chances of a successful team: “an ownership group with financial fortitude; a stadium (or a plan for one); and a dynamic market that can support a franchise.”

To the later point, the rest of the article clearly gives the nod to Minnesota United FC with their rabid support by the Dark Clouds supporters group who have been building numbers since 2004.

“It’s the passion for that club that we’ve seen in NASL regular-season matches,” Courtemanche said, “but also in their recent friendly against (English Premier League team) Swansea City where the crowd (of 9,064) was electric, from what I understand.”

While Minnesota United seem to have the attention of MLS, they still need to get a stadium deal done and that is no small task. Hopefully fans will start hearing of their plans soon.

You can read the whole article here.

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We have Landon Donovan’s Vote For Expansion

by Joe Leyba on August 6, 2014

The MLS All-Stars pick their next MLS expansion city. The Midwest and Minnesota in particular get some love.

Grant Wahl from Sports Illustrated is also reporting that “Minnesota’s stock is rising as an MLS expansion possibility, according to league sources.” He says there are two Minneapolis groups interested in owning a team—the Minnesota Vikings and the NASL’s Minnesota United and both have people in Portland this week for the All-Star Game.

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