Contrary to general Twin Cities opinion, Minnesota United FC insists that yes, they are in fact playing in MLS next year. The season opens in less than 4 weeks away and the home opener is little more than 5 weeks away and despite minimal advertising Minnesota is still hoping to sell out the stadium they will play in. Sources say it will be TCF Bank, but United offered no comment.
Tom Chakotay, a Saint Paulite who works for a Painting company and is a proud member of IUPAT 82, when told that MLS would in fact be played in Minneapolis this year said, “What? Wait, we have a team? Why don’t I hear about this on KFAN of ESPN1500?” Chakotay is a season ticket holder for both Gophers Football and Hockey and insisted that he had heard nothing about the Loons playing home matches at TCF Bank stadium next year.
“Well, I’ll be damned, that would probably be fun to go to huh?”
Chaoktay isn’t the only one with little to no knowledge of the Minnesota soccer franchise, entering MLS this year.
Karin Helms works as a Systems Analyst for Cray INC. and mentioned that she vaguely remembered hearing something about United FC over on the Current. “I listen to the Current everyday at work,” Cray mentioned, “and I do remember hearing something about soccer. Also the British guy (Mark Wheat) on at night talks about soccer sometimes, he keeps talking about United though, how many Uniteds are there?”
Local raconteur and man about town Jake Rueter has clearly had enough. He went on a epic twitter storm of respect and made some valid points.
Jake also has a great point about Fantasy Soccer:
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Fantasy MLS Advice: don't select players from your favorite club. <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/MNUFC?src=hash”>#MNUFC</a></p>— Jake Rueter (@jakerueter) <a href=”https://twitter.com/jakerueter/status/827233365640278018″>February 2, 2017</a></blockquote>