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Minnesota United FC officially joins Major League Soccer

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MLS announced today the 23rd team for the league, Minnesota United FC.

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Soccer officially announced today that Minnesota United FC will be the 23rd team in MLS and that they will join the league in 2018. Minnesota United were founded in 2010, joining the USSF D-2 Pro League after the Minnesota Thunder folded. The team does not yet have a soccer specific stadium, but Don Garber said in the press conference that they have a "great plan" for that stadium. The team will be owned by a group that owns teams in all of the US major sports leagues, led by current owner Bill McGuire and also featuring Wendy Nelson of the Carlson Group and Jim and Bob Pohlad of the Minnesota Twins, among others. Bill Hamid was featured in video of players welcoming the team to the league.

At 23 teams with Atlanta, LA2, and Minnesota, there is one spot still open for the race to 24. David Beckham's Miami bid is still outstanding, and Sacramento and San Antonio are both nipping at his heels. There will be at least two more expansion drafts coming soon, so we will have to prepare ourselves for that as well.

What do you think about Minnesota United FC joining the league?