Minnesota United FC announced Tuesday that Populous will be the lead architect for its new soccer stadium at the Snelling and I-94 site (Midway). Populous has worked on many of the top sports facilities — from training venues to Olympic stadiums — throughout the world.

The Kansas City-based sports architecture firm has created world-class soccer stadiums for top-tier clubs, including Sporting KC (MLS), Olympique Lyonnais (France), Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal (England), C.F. Monterrey (Mexico), and the 2010 World Cup Final stadium in Johannesburg (South Africa).

Populous was the lead architect on several area stadium projects, including Target Field and TCF Bank Stadium.

Auggies QB named MVP

Ayrton Scott, a senior quarterback for Augsburg, was named the MIAC's MVP. He set career records for total offense (11,725 yards) and passing yards (8,430) in conference games.

St. Thomas junior Ryan Winter was named the conference's top interior lineman.

The Tommies' Glenn Caruso and Gustavus' Peter Haugen were named the co-Coaches of the Year.


• Eden Prairie running back JD Spielman was named the Minnesota Associated Press Player of the Year in prep football. He had more than 1,500 yards this past season with 25 TDs as a runner, receiver and kick returner.

• Alexis Zeis of the University of Mary was named the DivisionII cross-country women's runner of the year. The sophomore from Bismarck, N.D., edged defending champion Kendra Foley of Grand Valley State by four-tenths of a second for the national title on Saturday in Joplin, Mo.