Minnesota United, currently of the North American Soccer League (NASL), is expected to have its expansion franchise bid accepted by Major League Soccer in the coming weeks, according to a report by SI‘s Brian Straus.
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Straus, citing multiple sources, reported on Friday that United’s bid has been chosen ahead of a second Twin Cities bid, led by the NFL’s Vikings, Sacramento Republic (United Soccer League) and San Antonio (NASL). The prospective United ownership group also features Timberwolves (NBA) owner Glen Taylor and Twins (MLB) owner Jim Pohlad.
According to the report, MLS has sent “a signed Letter of Intent … confirming that United is the choice for team No. 23” to the city of Minneapolis as the club endeavors to build a downtown soccer-specific stadium, which the club hopes to complete in order to enter the league in 2018.
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