Three years ago, following Bill McGuire's purchase of Minnesota's pro soccer team, the new ownership group held a press conference to announce the team's new name: Minnesota United FC. Now, a report by Brian Straus at Sports Illustrated indicates that, if MLS gets its way, the team will have yet another new name.
The issue stems from the expansion franchise in Atlanta, which will begin MLS play in 2017. In mid-2015, Atlanta announced that its new team would be called "Atlanta United FC." While teams with the moniker "United" are common in England, until Atlanta's announcement, D.C. United was the sole MLS team using the name.
According to Straus's report, though, MLS is leery of having both Atlanta and Minnesota enter the league in 2017 with the same nickname, and of having three Uniteds in the league. As such, the league is reportedly leaning on Minnesota to change its name — yet another change for pro soccer in Minnesota, following the Minnesota Thunder, NSC Minnesota, Minnesota Stars, and now Minnesota United FC.