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MLS Ticker: Minnesota United conflict with Vikings, Railhawks state MLS intentions, and more

After losing out to a competing bid for an MLS expansion franchise, the Minnesota Vikings appear to be making life difficult for Minnesota United.

The Vikings are reportedly seeking legal action to prevent Minnesota United from hosting friendlies at their new U.S. Bank Stadium without their consent. (READ)

Meanwhile, the city of St. Paul may be nearing a groundbreaking ceremony for United’s own stadium. (READ)

The Carolina Railhawks are reportedly set to rebrand into North Carolina FC, and target an MLS expansion bid in the next 12-18 months. (READ)

Ignacio Piatti said he would return to the Montreal Impact next year while. (READ)

Swiss midfielder Blerim Dzemaili will reportedly join the Impact as a DP next season. (READ)

10 comments
  • Quit Whining About Soccer in the US

    That is great DC United will get a stadium in St Paul. Is that in Virginia?

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    • Old School

      I’ll believe it when they actually have it built. I’m, in no fashion, a DC United fan. I do, however, feel incredibly bad for their fans that routinely show up to a rat infested stadium and are continually told a stadium is in the works (and never comes to fruition).

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  • johnny99

    Kind of petty on the Wilf’s part. Stadium cost 1.1 billion, of which the Vikes paid about $600 million. Assuming the other half a billion came from the taxpayers, that’s very petty.

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    • Ted in MN

      Well this is a guys who was found liable for the civil version of racketeering in New Jersey. A wealthy man he may be but a good one he is not.

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  • Toe Ball

    I’ve heard that the Carolina Railhawks owner has identified land on the south side of downtown Raleigh for a new stadium. This would be between downtown and interstate 40. Seems like a great location. All of this also seems like another nail in the coffin of the NASL.

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    • quozzel

      Wonder what ends up happening with WakeMed Park? The Railhawk stadium facility is a little small but it ain’t nothin’ – it’s just way bigger than most college stadiums – and there’s a huge connected practice facility to it that has some of the prettiest, best-maintained fields you’ll ever see. The local clubs control that facility – and fight wars over it, actually – but you’d hate to see a very modern soccer-specific stadium – even a smallish one – just go fallow. If Railhawks end up moving up, you’d hope somebody ends up taking over that void with another USL team but local support could be tough to find if it follows the Railhawks across the Triangle.

      http://www.wralsportsfan.com/railhawks-town-of-cary-finalize-multi-year-lease-for-wakemed-soccer-park/15728816/

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  • SilverRey

    Railhawks should be proud of their USL heritage – keep the name!

    No more AS Real Athletic Dynamo Sporting Deportivo Sparta Esportivo United Lokomotiv City FC please….

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  • Benjamin C.

    Wood with an immediate impact after coming on, nice run and layoff that created a goal scoring opportunity. Aggressive mentality there.

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