On March 25, 2015, Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber announced Minnesota United as the league’s 23rd club and awarded the franchise to a group led by McGuire. The ownership group includes other Minneapolis-St. Paul sports owners, Twins owner Jim Pohlad, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, and Wild investor Glen Nelson. They beat out a competing bid by Minnesota Vikings owners Mark and Zygi Wilf (both of whom would later become minority owners of MLS expansion franchise Nashville SC). Garber said Minnesota would begin to play in 2017 or 2018 – if Los Angeles FC was not ready to play in 2017, Minnesota would take its place.
Minnesota United FC plays its home games at TCF Bank Stadium, on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, for its first two seasons in MLS play. The club began playing in Saint Paul (becoming the city’s fourth professional sports team, joining the Minnesota Wild, the St. Paul Saints, and Minnesota Whitecaps), at Allianz Field in the Midway neighborhood starting in the spring of 2019.
Minnesota United FC’s ownership is led by Bill McGuire, former CEO of UnitedHealth Group, and includes other Minnesota sports owners: the Pohlad family, owners of the Twins; Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor; former Wild investor Glen Nelson, and his daughter Wendy Carlson Nelson of the Carlson hospitality company.
2017 – Present / Major League Soccer
2017 – Present / Minnesota United FC
Minnesota United FC – Former lower division club in the NASL team that was owned by Bill McGuire, former CEO of UnitedHealth Group.
MLS Cups 0
2019 – Present / Allianz Field
2017 – 2018 / TCF Bank Stadium
2015 – Present / Bill McGuire, Jim Pohlad, Robert Pohlad, Glen Taylor, Wendy Carlson Nelson
*Blue is this team’s history