Until Wednesday, the Loons had never won an MLS game they trailed at halftime, going 0-8 this season and 0-32-6 since joining the league in 2017.
MNUFC isn’t just unveiling a sparkling-new stadium, though. This is United’s third season in Major League Soccer, and for the first time they’ve given those scarf-wearing supporters some on-field success to cheer about.
Minnesota United FC sought to host the 89th edition of the St. John’s-St. Thomas extravaganza at the new Allianz Field for the same reason the Twins booked the 2017 game at Target Field: a serious payday.
How long of a honeymoon period can the Loons expect before their fans demand an MLS Cup contender?
The Twin Cities will be the smallest market in the country with a Major League Baseball, NHL, NFL, NBA, WNBA and an MLS team. Is there enough fan support — and money — to go around?
A batch of recently released documents offer more behind-the-scenes details as to just how aggressive Mayor Chris Coleman and his senior staff were in luring the team to St. Paul.
Council members want assurances — first promised a year ago — that once the stadium is approved, the redevelopment of the shopping center adjacent to the stadium site will move ahead.
It’s the second run at a stadium design by the Kansas City-based architectural firm Populous.
It’s possible that the tax bill, where the property-tax exemption for the stadium lives, could be held back as Dayton negotiates the terms of a possible special session.
Hearings before House and Senate committees this week were quiet, quick and uncontroversial — a far cry from previous debates at the Capitol about stadiums.
The city’s commitment was revealed in a trove of documents released in advance of a city council vote next week on the agreement.
The design for the stadium got all the attention Wednesday. But the approval of a lease deal among the Met Council, St. Paul and the Port Authority was almost as important.
The site of the stadium is well served by transit options. But it’s also home to one of the Twin Cities’ most congested and complicated intersections.
On Friday, Minnesota United owner Bill McGuire made the long-expected formal announcement that the team intends to build a soccer-specific stadium at the site known as the bus barn.
In the end, the competition to land Minnesota’s Major League Soccer expansion team wasn’t about dollars and cents. It wasn’t business at all. It was personal.
Nobody wanted another stadium war — to have one city played off against another yet again. But five months after Minnesota was awarded an MLS franchise, that’s exactly what we’ve got.
Commissioner Peter McLaughlin said the county is deeply involved in getting a soccer stadium built in Minneapolis: “I think we can do it,” he said. “We have to do it.”
St. Paul’s interest in hosting a Major League Soccer stadium didn’t begin after Minneapolis missed an alleged July 1 deadline — but at least two and a half months earlier.
Coleman indicated St. Paul may present the best hope “to make sure Minnesota has a Major League Soccer team.”
Coleman met with United’s owner, Bill McGuire, on May 21. The meeting ended with an understanding that if stadium talks fail in Minneapolis, they would talk again.