Minnesota United: A Look At Their History
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Minnesota United: A Look At Their History

A break down of the history and recent events surrounding NASL and future MLS side Minnesota United.

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2009: The team is founded as NSC Minnesota Stars.

February 10, 2010: Manny Lagos is named head coach of the NSC Minnesota Stars, Lagos remains Technical Director and Head Coach of Minnesota and is the longest tenured coach in the North American Soccer League.

2010: The team participates in the first and only season of the USSF Division 2 Professional League. The Stars finish 7th overall but fall to the Carolina RailHawks in the Quarterfinals of the playoffs.

2011: The North American Soccer League seizes possession of the team from the National Sports Center after it was determined that they failed to meet the US Soccer Federation Criteria of having a net worth of at least $20 million.  

October, 2011: The team defeat Fort Lauderdale Strikers 3-1 over two legs to win their first NASL Playoff Championship. Man of the Match Luke Mulholland would later go on to sign for MLS side Real Salt Lake in 2014.

November 9, 2012: The team is purchased by Bill McGuire, former CEO of UnitedHealth Group.

 March 5, 2013: The team is rebranded as Minnesota United FC.  

October 6, 2014: Minnesota United player Miguel Ibarra is called up to the US Men's National Team, he becomes the first player from the modern NASL to be called into the Senior National Team.

August 2, 2014: Minnesota sets a modern NASL record with an attendance of 34,047 at the TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, a 2-1 win versus the Ottawa Fury.  

November, 2014: Minnesota United is awarded the 2014 Woosnam Cup for the best overall record in NASL.

March 25, 2015: Major League Soccer announces Minnesota United as the 23rd MLS franchise, with the intention of playing in Minneapolis. The start date for the franchise was pinned as 2018; however Commissioner Don Garber described the date as "fluid," stating that,  "It depends on whether or not fellow expansion club LAFC is ready to move into their stadium and enter the league in 2017."

It was also revealed that McGuire and company were chosen over a Minnesota Vikings ownership group due to their promise to house the team in a soccer specific stadium.  

April 15, 2015: Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges announces her opposition to the stadium due to the team's desired tax exempt status.

May 15, 2015: A list of potential sites in St. Paul is drawn up.

June 10, 2015: Miguel Ibarra signs with Club Leon of Mexico.

June 15, 2015: Major League Soccer announce their intention to stand firm on the July 1st stadium deadline set for McGuire and company following failure of the Minnesota State Legislature to act on legislation regarding funding of a stadium.  Further opposition to the deal is rumored.

July 1, 2015: The deadline passes without incident.

August, 2015: MLS President and Deputy Commissioner Mark Abbott tours the potential site, and is joined a month later by MLS Commissioner Don Garber.

October 23, 2015: Minnesota United owner Bill McGuire and Saint Paul Mayor announce an agreement has been finalized to build a privately financed, estimated $120 million, 19,000 seat stadium in St. Paul.

The stadium will be publicly owned and the land is set to receive tax-exempt status.

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