1976: The Denver Dynamos franchise moves to the Twin Cities and the Minnesota Kicks join the North American Soccer League.

1981: The Kicks franchise folds.

1984: The Fort Lauderdale Strikers move to the Twin Cities as an NASL team for one season and a Major Indoor Soccer League team for four seasons.

1995: After four seasons as an amateur team, the Minnesota Thunder joins the U.S. Interregional Soccer League.

2009: The Thunder franchise folds.

2010: The National Sports Center Foundation forms the NSC Minnesota Stars for the United States Soccer Federation D-2 Pro League.

2011: The new NASL overtakes ownership of the franchise, now known as the Minnesota Stars, and the team wins the inaugural championship.

2013: Under new ownership, the team changes to Minnesota United FC.

Wednesday: Major League Soccer announces Minnesota as the 24th MLS franchise.