News

News in Brief: Minnesota United FC Headed to AZ, Greg Jordan Leaves, US Soccer Punts USL/NASL Decision

by on 22 December 2016

A quick recap of all the Minnesota United news this week

Minnesota United FC will open the season March 3 in Portland and at home against Atlanta United March 12, and looks close to signing Miguel Ibarra after trading Attinella to Portland for his rights.

Minnesota United FC heading to Arizona for preseason

As announced by the New England Revolution and reported by Jeff Lemieux, Minnesota will be in the Tucson area for preseason by the end of January. Following this trip, Minnesota will be in Portland February 22-28 for the Simple Invitational.

Midfielder Greg Jordan signs with SF Deltas

A crowd favorite in the three seasons he was with Minnesota, he could have been a good bench player here in MLS. We’re glad to see him going somewhere he will likely get plenty of minutes.

No news is no news for USL/NASL saga

US Soccer put out a press release stating that there is no news in regards to the sanctioning of their Division II and III leagues, likely hoping that the leagues can figure it out themselves and to give NASL a chance to get its house in order.

Mike Pendleton had his own interpretation of US Soccer’s statement, which definitely has a ring of truth to it.

 

USMNT Striker Julian Green moves from Bayern München to Stuttgart

Will the young striker get minutes now that Jürgen Klinsmann has been sacked and Bruce Arena has been installed as the USMNT coach? Getting steady playing time at the second division side Stuttgart should help.

MLS expansion hopeful St. Louis looking for $80 million from state to pay for stadium

When news comes out about other ownership groups looking for state/municipal funding for their stadiums, it really makes you appreciate the ownership group of Minnesota United FC.

As for the other “soccer” stadium in the twin cities, it missed out on hosting a Gold Cup game next summer.

 

FC Minneapolis is forming a professional side that won’t play in any league

FC Minneapolis to become the first Non-League Professional Football Club in the United States.

Should be interesting to see if they are able to make it work, as their league sides have struggled to get much traction in the market.

That’s all for this week! 

Tags: , , , , , ,

  • Michael Clark

    Can anyone point me to a resource that explains “non-league” futbol teams vs. MLS, NASL, USL? Does it just mean they aren’t seeking a US Soccer division status? The FC Minneapolis page looks eerily like the early MNUFC NASL page when they were starting at NSC. I love NSC and the atmosphere there.

    • Brian Quarstad

      You are correct. Non-league means they aren’t affiliating themselves with any league or ranking status from USSF. I always love it when every amateur team calls themselves professionals. I’ve been following and covering this sport for a long time and have seen hundreds of teams that have ‘tried’ to call themselves professional but almost never pay their players and if they do don’t pay them enough for a half time wage. I wish them the best but their timing is poor. They also need to get someone to help them with their copy-writing. Yikes!

      • Michael Clark

        Thanks Brian!

  • Eric Franzen

    It would make sense that us bank stadium doesn’t have a gold cup game since the x games are during that time, yeah?