MLS Minnesota

History of the Minnesota United FC

Minnesota United FC, also known as the “Loons”, is a professional soccer team based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The team was founded in 2010 and eventually began playing in the North American Soccer League (NASL) in 2011.

In 2017, Minnesota United FC joined Major League Soccer (MLS) as the league’s 22nd franchise. The team plays its home games at Allianz Field, a state-of-the-art facility in Saint Paul. Additionally, they are part of the Western Conference.

Since joining MLS, Minnesota United FC has steadily improved and qualified for the playoffs for the first time in 2019. Additionally, they have advanced to the Conference Semifinals. Lastly, the team has built a strong identity, playing an attacking and exciting brand of soccer. Moreover, this has earned them a reputation as one of the most entertaining teams in the league.

The Loons had a difficult start in MLS, finishing ninth in the Western Conference in their first season. However, the team showed improvement in the following seasons. They reached the playoffs for the first time in 2019 and then advanced to the Conference Semifinals.

Minnesota United FC has several notable players that have been part of the team. These include Kevin Molino, who was named the MLS Cup MVP in 2020. Next, there is Emanuel Reynoso, a talented attacking midfielder. Finally, there is Michael Boxall, a New Zealand international defender.

Off-the-Field Initiatives

Off the field, Minnesota United FC has been active in community initiatives, including the “Field in a Box” program. This program provides underserved communities with a small, portable soccer field. In addition to this program, they also have the “Soccer for All” campaign. On the other hand, this program aims to create a more inclusive and welcoming soccer community.

The Loons’ fan base is known for their passionate support of the team. They have also developed several traditions, including the “Wonderwall,” a song that is sung after each home victory.

Looking to the future, Minnesota United FC is focused on building a strong team culture. Along with this, they want to continue to compete at the highest level in MLS. With its commitment to excellence on and off the field, the Loons are poised for continued success.

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