NEW YORK (August 19, 2016) – Major League Soccer today announced that Minnesota, awarded an expansion team in March of 2015, will join the league for the 2017 season. In addition, the club will retain the name Minnesota United FC when entering MLS next season.
“We are proud to officially announce that Minnesota United FC will join Major League Soccer in 2017,” said Commissioner Garber. “The ownership group’s commitment to soccer and the community, the area’s growing millennial population and the region’s rich tradition of supporting soccer at all levels are key indicators that this will be a very successful MLS market.”
Minnesota will join the Western Conference next season, while fellow 2017 expansion club Atlanta United will join the Eastern Conference.
Both conferences will consist of 11 teams with the top six teams from each qualifying for the postseason.
The 2017 conference alignment is as follows: