News in Brief: State of Cloud City, the Roster, and the League

by on 12 December 2016

Breaking ground for Cloud City

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.

If you can’t build a stadium, build a roster

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.

Who doesn’t like a museum field trip?

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.

The state of 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.

Sounders win MLS Cup

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.

To All The Youths From The Ghetto … Believe In Yourself Even When No one else does. #NewLevel📶

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USL broadcasting deal

Those wishing to follow the rising USL next year can stop rehearsing their network gymnastics routines.

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.

Get married in the offseason

The entire crew at FiftyFive.One would like to extend well wishes and congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Ramirez.

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