No one would argue that the names Kicks, Strikers, Thunder, Stars and Minnesota United FC are synonymous with Minnesota soccer. These are the names of professional teams that have made their mark in the state over the last 40 years. However, the pro teams tell only part of the story of a rich soccer history in the the land of 10,000 lakes. Before any of those high profile teams, pioneers of the game created pathways for today’s modern game. On this page you will find a collection of stories and photographs outlining the history of soccer in Minnesota.