Minnesota expansion situation gets a little tricky

Minnesota expansion situation gets a little tricky

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On December 18, 2014

Any time you have to completely different groups lobbying for the same thing, the water tends to get a tad muddy. Things in Minnesota are looking good for an expansion bid into Major League Soccer but the question remains, who will the owners be? Will it be the NFL Vikings? Or will the NASL group step up and get their club into the first division of US soccer.

The Star Tribune in Minnesota is reporting some interesting things today that the NASL group is likely going to have to look at public money for a potential stadium for their expansion bid.

McGuire also spoke directly on possible public subsidies he might want for a soccer-only stadium — a touchy political point given the recent controversies over the successful pushes for public money for the Twins’ Target Field and the new Vikings stadium.

“We’ll see when we confirm in our own minds the where’s and why’s of all of that. And depending, who knows? We haven’t asked [yet for public money]. I mean, there’s no formal ‘ask’ out there,” he said.

On the other side, the Vikings have a five-year window with their new stadium to lure a MLS team. That new facility is set to open in 2016.

MLS is expected to award the franchise in the first half of 2015.