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.
Last Saturday was a historic day in Minnesota soccer. Over 34,000 people attended the Guinness International Champions Cup doubleheader between Olympiacos vs. Manchester City and MN United vs. Ottawa at TCF Bank Stadium. Minnesota has not seen soccer crowds this large since the days of the Minnesota Kicks.
Naturally, with a soccer event that featured both the Vikings and MN United, the conversation has turned to MLS. Here are some of the media highlights from the weekend:
Olympiacos beats Manchester City as Minnesota hopes for global soccer relevance.
Plans for Outdoor Soccer Stadium in Minneapolis Moving Forward.
Soccer match turnout puts MLS spotlight on Minnesota.