Minnesota United 2017 season preview

Major League Soccer, the top level of the world’s game in America, has come to Minnesota. The United kicks off its inaugural season Friday night.

Illustration by Cameron Cottrill

A field guide to Minnesota United's first MLS season

From the lingo to the players, here's what you need to know as United FC enters its first season of Major League Soccer with its opener at Portland.
Minnesota United team owner Bill McGuire

In Minnesota, you spell soccer U-n-i-t-e-d

March 3, 2017
It took a village to keep the world's game from being extinguished in Minnesota.
New home: Minnesota United FC fan David Martin of Prior Lake was part of a boisterous crowd last season in Blaine. The scene shifts to TCF Bank Stadiu

Scoggins: Welcome, Loons. Join the crowds

March 3, 2017
How does Minnesota United find its footing in a crowded sports market with five other existing pro franchises and a major Division I athletic program? The Loons start with strength in fan support.

Soccer insider: Long, winding road led United to this point

March 3, 2017
Officially, the Loons are an expansion team. For longtime fans, this is just the latest squad to earn the title of Minnesota's favorite pro soccer team.

United coach Adrian Heath comes specially qualified

March 3, 2017
Minnesota's first Major League Soccer coach has been through expansion process before

Minnesota United FC starting formations

March 3, 2017
United coach Adrian Heath has favored the 4-2-3-1 in the past and likely will continue that trend with United.

Pro soccer in Minnesota: a timeline

March 3, 2017
From the Kicks to the Thunder to the Stars to the United, a look back.

Minnesota United announces TV/radio deal with Ch. 29, KSTP-AM

March 3, 2017
On the day before the team's first MLS game, Minnesota United announced where its games will be available on Twin Cities TV and radio.

Preview: Minnesota United FC at Portland

March 3, 2017
Portland finished seventh in the Western Conference last season at 12-14-8.

MLS players to watch

March 3, 2017
Five players expected to make an impact as the new MLS season gets underway.

Four United players to watch

March 3, 2017
A look at who could help the United make a splash in its inaugural season.

About Major League Soccer

March 3, 2017
Some basics about the league, entering its 22nd season.

Predictions for United FC's first MLS season

March 3, 2017
United beat writer Megan Ryan looks into the crystal ball and offers her predictions for the 2017 season.
TV Listings

Local Schedule

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  • Pittsburgh vs. Twins (spring training)

    12:05 pm on FSN

  • Gophers men's basketball vs. Louisville

    11:15 am on Ch. 4, 100.3-FM

  • Timberwolves at Charlotte

    6 pm on FSN, 830-AM

  • Gophers women's hockey vs. Cornell

    3 pm on BTN

  • Boston vs. Twins (spring training)

    5:05 pm on FSN PLUS, 830-AM

  • Wild at Washington

    6 pm on FSN, NHLN, 100.3-FM

  • Northern Iowa at Gophers women's basketball

    6:30 pm

  • Twins vs. Baltimore (spring training)

    5:05 pm

  • Wild at Carolina

    6 pm on FSN, 100.3-FM

  • Timberwolves at Memphis

    7 pm on FSN PLUS, 830-AM

  • N.Y. Yankees vs. Twins (spring training)

    12:05 pm on FSN, 830-AM

  • Rochester vs. Twins (spring training)

    12:05 pm

  • Nashville at Wild

    7 pm on NBCSN, 100.3-FM

  • Colorado vs. Twins (spring training)

    1:05 pm on FSN, 830-AM

  • L.A. Clippers at Timberwolves

    7 pm on FSN, 830-AM

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  • Milwaukee


    6:00 PM

  • New Orleans


    6:00 PM


  • Boston


    6:00 PM


  • Utah

    New York

    6:30 PM

  • Washington


    7:00 PM

  • Houston


    7:00 PM

  • Miami

    San Antonio

    7:30 PM

  • Toronto

    Oklahoma City

    8:30 PM


  • Dallas


    9:00 PM

  • Toronto


    6:00 PM

  • Tampa Bay


    6:30 PM

    NBC Sports

  • Winnipeg


    9:00 PM

    NBC Sports

  • Ottawa


    9:00 PM

No MLS games today