The group attempting to bring MLS soccer to the Twin Cities now has five known members.
The Binger family, which is involved in many philanthropic endeavors in the area, has been the fifth member of the MLS-to-Minnesota movement for several months, the Star Tribune has learned.
Erika Binger will represent the family at club matters. She is a member of the board of directors for the McKnight Foundation, named after her great-grandfather William McKnight, the former president of 3M. She also is a granddaughter of James Binger, a former Honeywell CEO and part-owner of the Vikings from 1988 to 1998.
Erika Binger works with other nonprofit groups, including V3 Sports, which trains inner-city youth for triathlons, and We IMPACT, which promotes personal development and problem-solving. Her mother, Patricia Binger, brother, Ben Binger, and sister Meghan Brown are the other family members involved in soccer.
The family reached out to former Minnesota Thunder and U.S. national team member Tony Sanneh about a year ago for help connecting with Dr. Bill McGuire, former chief executive of UnitedHealth Group and owner of Minnesota United FC, as he put together a group to build a soccer-specific stadium in the Twin Cities. Sanneh continues to advise the family and could have other roles with the MLS team.
The Pohlad family, owners of the Twins; Wendy Carlson Nelson of the hospitality company Carlson, and Glen Taylor, owner of the Timberwolves and the Star Tribune, are the other members of the group, and they continue to look for additional investors. Twins owner Jim Pohlad said Wednesday that an ownership group of 8-10 members is being sought.