Minnesota United FC To Host Club Leon In Exhibition Game
Members of Minnesota United FC practice prior to an exhibition game in Portland earlier this season. (Photo Courtesy MN United)

Minnesota United FC announced on Monday that they will host Club Leon of Liga MX in an exhibtion game on June 25th. The game will be played at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball. It will be the first time that a soccer game has been played at Target Field.

We are very grateful to the Minnesota Twins for inviting us to host this exciting event at Target Field in downtown Minneapolis," United team President Nick Rogers said in a statement. "We are thrilled for the opportunity to compete against one of the top clubs in all of Mexico in one of the premier professional sports facilities in the upper Midwest and to provide our fans with an experience that will be similar to what we hope to achieve in our new stadium."

The Return Of Miguel Ibarra

The match will be the second time that Miguel Ibarra, who rose to local stardom with United, has played them since moving to Club Leon. The first time was last year, when the two teams played an exhibition game in front of a sold out National Sports Center.

In that game, which took place in July, Ibarra played one half for each team. He opened the scoring in the second half for Leon, but United responded in the closing minutes to settle for a draw.

"The Minnesota Twins are thrilled to partner with Minnesota United on Target Field’s inaugural soccer event," Twins President Dave St. Peter said. "We are excited to host the United-Club León exhibition while also showcasing the ballpark as a spectacular venue for additional major soccer opportunities."

How Will The Field Be Set Up?

The field will be situated with the end lines being along the first base line, and stretching to the left field wall. The dimensions will be 109 yards long by 74 yards wide. 

This could be viewed as a test run to see if Target Field would be a viable host for games once United makes the move to MLS, which is expected to happen in 2017. 

"Playing at Target Field will be a great experience," said Minnesota United forward, Christian Ramirez. "It's even better that we get to play against a familiar face and my former roommate and teammate, Miguel Ibarra! This is going to be a showcase for us in front of what I expect to be a huge crowd and a preview of the direction that soccer is going in Minnesota."