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Minnesota United FC to Enter Major League Soccer in 2017

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Minnesota United FC to Enter Major League Soccer in 2017
MLS announces conference alignments for 2017 season
NEW YORK (August 19, 2016) – Major League Soccer today announced that Minnesota, awarded an expansion team in March of 2015, will join the league for the 2017 season.  In addition, the club will retain the name Minnesota United FC when entering MLS next season.
Minnesota United FC owner Dr. Bill McGuire today announced that the team will compete in TCF Bank Stadium during construction of their world-class soccer specific stadium in St. Paul, Minn.
“We are proud to officially announce that Minnesota United FC will join Major League Soccer in 2017,” said Commissioner Garber. “The ownership group’s commitment to soccer and the community, the area’s growing millennial population and the region’s rich tradition of supporting soccer at all levels are key indicators that this will be a very successful MLS market.”
Minnesota will join the Western Conference next season, while fellow 2017 expansion club Atlanta United will join the Eastern Conference.
Both conferences will consist of 11 teams with the top six teams from each qualifying for the postseason.
Footage and soundbytes from the announcement today in Minnesota will be available following the event by clicking here.
The Minnesota United FC crest, featuring the state bird of Minnesota, the loon, is available for download by clicking here.
For more about Minnesota United FC, please visit
The 2017 conference alignment is as follows:
Eastern Conference
Western Conference
Atlanta United
Colorado Rapids
Chicago Fire
FC Dallas
Columbus Crew SC
Houston Dynamo
D.C. United
LA Galaxy
Montreal Impact
Minnesota United FC
New England Revolution
Portland Timbers
New York City FC
Real Salt Lake
New York Red Bulls
San Jose Earthquakes
Orlando City SC
Seattle Sounders FC
Philadelphia Union
Sporting Kansas City
Toronto FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC