On March 25, Major League Soccer announced they were expanding and a new franchise was coming to Minnesota. Fans were excited and eager for the Minnesota United FC to make the big step over to MLS.
However, that excitement has gone down since the announcement. The reason? A soccer -specific stadium. Dr. Bill McGuire’s ownership group proposed a stadium for the team to play in. MLS commissioner Don Garber gave a warning, saying McGuire’s group has until July 2015 to work out the financial details or the league will reconsider.
Dr. McGuire and his group revealed their stadium plan and they say will cost up to $250 million. However, the Minneapolis Mayor is not convinced and here is why: money.
Where does San Antonio come in? The Scorpions already have a soccer-specific stadium in Toyota Field and a core fan base that loves soccer. A crowd of over 64,000 watched the U.S. National Team defeat Mexico in the Alamodome a week ago, proving that the Alamo City can support an MLS team.
For now, all eyes are on Minnesota. Things aren’t ‘united’ there. It’s very un-united.