With soccer seeing a huge surge in the States recently, more teams are showing their interest in joining the leagues. Now, Major League Soccer has confirmed that they are currently under negotiations to bring in Minnesota United to the league as an expansion club.
According to MLS commissioner Don Garber, “We are in advanced discussions with Bill McGuire and his partners in Minnesota to bring a Major League Soccer expansion club to the Twin Cities and are particularly excited about their plans for a new soccer-specific stadium that will serve as the club’s home.”
Minnosota United FC themselves also confirmed the news in a statement they released. “As announced by Major League Soccer, we are in discussions with the league and remain hopeful that they will award an expansion team to Minnesota.”
“MLS leadership is well aware that the passionate soccer fans in Minnesota combined with a world-class, soccer-specific stadium make the Twin Cities and our state a perfect home for the next MLS expansion team,” the club further said. Minnesota United FC is currently playing in the North American Soccer League.
The team has also recently unveiled their plans to build an outdoor stadium in downtown Minneapolis. According to the team, the stadium will cost between $100 and $150 million to construct. The club is said to have already secured plenty of backing for the project.
Aside from Minnesota United, several other teams are vying for an expansion spot. Included in the list is another team based in the state, which is being backed by the NFL’s Vikings, as well as squads from Las Vegas and Sacramento. St. Louis and San Antonio have also expressed their intent to join the league.
However, Garber said that they are still under the process of closely evaluating these other applications. “Over the course of 2015, we plan to evaluate potential expansion beyond 24 clubs.”