As we clean up from the holidays and open new word of the day calendars, it’s natural to reflect on the previous year. FiftyFive.One compiled the best Minnesota soccer stories of the year and the best players of the year. You can also check out what MLSSoccer.com thought were the best MLS stories of the year and a charming rendition of the MLS best XI.
A look back at the ⭐️'s of 2016. https://t.co/w7cSqdA6en
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) January 2, 2017
If looking back fondly on 2016 isn’t your style, perhaps musing on the year ahead suits you. MLS supporters groups share their resolutions for 2017 and others ponder how well their team will fare:
How many #MNUFC players make the MLS season best XI next season?
— Bill MK (@bill_mk) January 2, 2017
With just under ten weeks until the home opener, you can already start making plans for how to get there and where to park. If you won’t be taking a bus or a train, you can reserve a parking spot to park your car. It’s not the height of excitement, but excitement comes cheap in the offseason. If you’re not the planning type, but have opinions, you still have a couple of days to complete the Dark Clouds short survey about TCF Bank Stadium.
Citing the prominent location near I-94, Charlie Walters figures the corporate naming rights to United’s new stadium in the Midway neighborhood could be worth $1 million per year.
— Andy Greder (@andygreder) January 1, 2017
So for those who haven't seen, @TRongen is the new Chief Scout for the USMNT. An actual brilliant move from USSF.
— Dylan Baker (@baker_dylan) December 29, 2016
As reported in FiftyFive.One last week, the NASL owners are looking to move forward without Bill Peterson. If they are successful and keep the league alive, there is interest for an expansion team in Atlanta. Sounds like a good idea.
NASL to us: "We're really going to learn from the past and do things differently."
NASL to NASL: "PUT AN EXPANSION TEAM IN ATLANTA NOW." pic.twitter.com/9zDyr4gj7t
— Mike Pendleton (@phat7deuce) December 31, 2016