Minnesota United FC’s 2019 Major League Soccer campaign was its third to date, and it featured some milestones. In 2019, the Loons appeared for the first time in the MLS playoffs. In 2019, goalkeeper Vito Mannone and center back Ike Opara became the franchise’s first two players to make the all-MLS team, otherwise known as the Best XI. Mannone’s play earned him Goalkeeper of the Year honors for 2019. Opara comes back to the Loons for the 2020 season. Before becoming an MLS expansion team on March 25, 2015, Minnesota United FC enjoyed a successful, albeit brief, run in the second incarnation of the North American Soccer League (NASL). Between the 2010 to 2016 NASL seasons, Minnesota United FC captured the league championship (2011) and advanced to the finals in 2012 and the semifinals in 2014 and 2015. In fact, the NASL owned Minnesota United FC in the 2011 championship season. Grab your Minnesota United FC tickets at StubHub.
Who is the Minnesota United FC's head coach?
As Minnesota United FC’s head coach since the inaugural MLS season, Adrian Heath brings his knowledge, skill and experience from 20 years as a manager for clubs in the United States and England and an 18-year professional career in Europe. Heath oversaw a team that notched 53 points in the 2019 regular season and the franchise’s first MLS playoff berth.
What was Minnesota United FC's record in 2019?
Those 53 points in the 2019 season came thanks to a 15–11–8 record. Of the 15 wins, 10 came at home. In each of the prior two seasons, Minnesota United FC managed 36 points with records of 10–18–6 and 11–20–3. Minnesota United FC looks to improve on its 2019 fourth-place finish in the MLS’s Western Conference and first-round appearance in the MLS playoffs.
Who are Minnesota United FC's rivals?
Minnesota United FC resides in the 12-team Western Conference, which means the team goes up against teams such as the Los Angeles Football Club, LA Galaxy, Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders. In geographic teams, Minnesota United FC’s closest Western Conference rival occupies Kansas City. Fans of Kansas City and Minnesota soccer teams have rooted against each other for many years. In 2016, a US Open Cup match between Sporting KC and Minnesota United FC featured 11 yellow cards and a 2–1 overtime win for Sporting KC. In a 2014 US Open Cup encounter, Sporting KC blanked Minnesota United FC 2–0. A fellow and nearby Midwestern club, the Chicago Fire FC, will visit Allianz Field and the Loons on Aug. 22, 2020.
What is the size of Allianz Field?
Allianz Field boasts a seating capacity of 19,400. This includes a 2,930-seat pyramid-shaped "safe-standing section." The latter feature affords a safe place for those who like to stand, jump and make music and other joyful noise throughout Minnesota United FC and other soccer matches. The 35-degree incline of this section keeps you close to the soccer action even as you occupy the upper deck of Allianz Field.
Where did the Minnesota United FC's nickname come from?
Minnesota United FC adopts the Minnesota state bird, the Loon, as its nickname. When you attend a Minnesota United FC match with your StubHub tickets, you’ll hear a pregame "loon call" descending from the sound system of Allianz Field. Players attempt their own loon calls on the video screen. Before the Loons, Minnesota United FC was called the Minnesota Stars. This name did not distinguish itself or the team from the National Hockey League version of the Minnesota Stars.Back to Top
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