A key date this week for Minnesota United is the groundbreaking for the new stadium. As FiftyFive.One’s Brian Quarstad reported last week, the construction isn’t likely to start any time soon. And neither, it seems, is any demolition.
Ceremonial groundbreaking set for St. Paul soccer stadium, but Rainbow says it's not moving; no demolition permit https://t.co/vA62IbmP66
— FredMelo, Reporter (@FrederickMelo) December 9, 2016
It’s widely expected that United won’t drop big bills on players, so you can expect to hear some names you don’t know as the Loons try to be savvy with their budget. Joe Greenspan is the latest addition to the team, but with a recent scouting trip completed and the Expansion Draft tomorrow, there might be a few more gems announced soon.
— Andy Greder (@andygreder) December 8, 2016
With his future for next year settled, Justin Davis did a little off-season science work. He’ll be part of the Sportsology exhibit at the Science Museum opening next month. He talked with KSTP about it and the move to MLS.
Commissioner Don Garber delivered his “State of the League” on Friday ahead of the MLS Cup match on Saturday. He didn’t unveil plans to institute pro/rel for USA, but there were some interesting tidbits, such as a new approach for how Canadian players are counted. 55.1 breaks down all the important bits from Garber’s speech here.
— Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) December 10, 2016
After 120 minutes of play, the Seattle Sounders won the MLS Cup by besting Toronto FC in penalty kicks 5-4. New and enthusiastic soccer fan Leslie Jones sang praises (literally) for her adopted team and former United player Damion Lowe picked up some new jewelry.
Those wishing to follow the rising USL next year can stop rehearsing their network gymnastics routines.
1) From source: Select @USL games will be live on ESPN3 , ESPNU and potentially ESPN2 next season! This will defo improve exposure of league
— Nipun 🗣⚽️🔬⚗️ (@NipunChopra7) December 8, 2016
Stand up if you hate Milwaukee
After playing in a provisional conference for the 2016 season, the Milwaukee Torrent have become full members of the National Premier Soccer League.
— Milwaukee Torrent (@MKETORRENT) December 8, 2016
The entire crew at FiftyFive.One would like to extend well wishes and congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Ramirez.
— Miguel Ibarra (@Migue10Ibarra) December 9, 2016