- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On April 16, 2014
- 2 Comments
- MLS Expansion, MLS Minnesota
While all the attention may be on Atlanta and their expansion effort. But all the eyes will soon shift to the next expansion hopeful and that city may be Minnesota as SI.com reported last week that they are the frontrunner for the 24th expansion slot.
Two groups in Minneapolis are leading the charge to get in with MLS. The NASL’s United FC are teaming up with MLB’s Twins while the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL have their own plans to get a team.
Twins owner Jim Pohlad confirmed this week that his family is interested in investing in a possible MLS franchise with United owner Bill McGuire. The Vikings are said to be stepping up their conversations with MLS as well.
United owner McGuire has a net worth of around $1 billion, more than enough to properly run a MLS franchise. McGuire rebranded the franchise as Minnesota United FC last March after previous pro soccer iterations in Minnesota went by the names Stars, Thunder and Kicks.
I still believe that the Twins/United group is far more appealing than the Vikings group, mainly because the Vikings are looking to do what Atlanta is with an expansion team playing in a new NFL venue. I like that the United group has done a lot of work to really build a strong brand around the NASL team over the last year.