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It’s official: Minnesota is moving up to soccer’s big league next year

Minnesota United FC made it official on Friday night in St. Paul: It will leave the second-tier NASL and join Major League Soccer next year.

The team will retain its name, Minnesota United FC, as well as the “Loon” logo.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber was in town and confirmed the team will start play in 2017.

Governor Mark Dayton and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman also spoke to the crowd of over 4,000 people who were present for the announcement at CHS Field in St. Paul.

The team will play its games at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis for the time being until a new stadium is finalized. Currently a site in the Midway neighborhood in St. Paul is close to becoming a reality.

Minnesota Twins owner Jim Pohlad and Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor are investors in the team, whose majority owner is former United Healthcare CEO Dr. Bill McGuire.

Minnesota isn’t the only new team to join the league. Atlanta will also play its inaugural MLS season next year. Since 2005, 13 clubs have joined the league.

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