News in Brief: Chris Wright, MLS Kits, and More

by on 9 April 2018

In depth with Minnesota United FC CEA Chris Wright

Soccer America sat down with Chris Wright of MNUFC to talk about a variety of topics, ranging from Wright’s days with indoor-league Strikers to the Timberwolves and Lynx. Wright shares his thoughts on if and when the NWSL could come to Minnesota and his efforts to bring big investors to soccer in Minnesota prior to Bill McGuire. He also speaks to the search for a stadium before the finalizing of the Midway site in Saint Paul.

MLS kits and creativity

The similarity between several MLS kits this season has been noted, as has how the goalkeeper kits are clearly based on the same pattern. Could this lack of diversity be due to the exclusive deal MLS has with Adidas? Pro Soccer USA looks into the issue. One thing is for certain: U.S. Soccer has plenty of creative and beautiful kits in lower leagues. Why the MLS kits lack that punch is a question worth answering.

USL and ESPN announce broadcast agreement

USL and ESPN have reached an agreement to air six regular season matches. Additionally, ESPN+ will be the subscription service for USL matches after its launch on April 12.This is the third season USL has partnered with ESPN.

News bits

Jeff Rueter wrote a profile on MNUFC head athletic trainer Stacey Hardin

MLS weekend roundup

Orlando City SC came back from down 2-0 to win 3-2 over Portland

Real Salt Lake downed Vancouver 2-1

Chicago got their first win of the season 1-0 over Columbus

FC Dallas rescued a 1-1 draw against Colorado

Philadelphia and San Jose battled to a 1-1 draw

Atlanta scored early and often to down LAFC 5-0

Minnesotan Teal Bunbury scored in New England’s 4-0 win over Montreal

LA Galaxy fell 2-0 to Tim Melia and Sporting KC

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  • Clark Starr

    Mr. Wright has biz-speak down flat. Would’ve loved to have heard more about the site selection process. Really curious what the meetings with Hodges were like. I think she blundered big time on that. I like her and her political stances generally, but she probably shouldn’t have been a mayor.

    • Brian Quarstad

      Clark, if you’d like to know more about Betsy Hodges and her handling (or mishandling) of the MNUFC stadium in Mpls. as well as information on how the stadium ended up in St. Paul, you can read my extended article which was originally published in The Complete Darkness book we publish annually at Byline Press. We eventually ran it on the site as a three part story. Here is that link:

      • Clark Starr

        Awesome series or articles, thanks. I still don’t understand what appears to be a very knee jerk reaction on Hodges part against even “working” the deal in the manner Frey apparently was doing. The paragraph where he describes how far they (MNUFC) would go–and the fact that he didn’t even think that was the best and final offer–was really disheartening. I admit to really only pulling for the Mpls. locale out of selfish reasons (I dreamed of nice bicycle rides down the Cedar trail to the games). I too cried in my beer a bit, but Midway is really a great place for a soccer stadium for the majority of Minnesotans.

        • Brian Quarstad

          For the record, Bill McGuire has told me that he thinks it actually ended up in the best location for the team. They aren’t playing second fiddle to other sports franchises nearby (Twins, T-Wolves, Vikings) and he would have preferred to have the stadium in an area where it could be part of a community. Plus the Mpls location has a lot of issues it would have had to deal with that would most likely have been very expensive as well.

          • Clark Starr

            I agree with all that.