United FC to play in Blaine through 2016

Minnesota United FC announced plans to continue to play home games at the National Sports Center in Blaine through the 2016 season during a post-season press conference at Brit’s Pub in Minneapolis Tuesday.

The club signed a three-year contract to continue to call Blaine home while dropping ticket prices in over half the stadium for 2014.

Barclay Kruse, chief communications officer at the National Sports Center, said both sides wanted to work together to come to the agreement.

“We’ve talked with them all the way along and both parties know [the stadium] is a good venue,” he said. “We’re happy to have them here and where we think they belong. We think it is the best soccer venue in the cities.”

United FC played five of six matches in the spring season at Mall of America Field before returning to Blaine to conclude the spring campaign July 4. United FC played a second fall season entirely in Blaine.

“We both worked really hard to make the fan experience great and on a nice summer evening, it was just a great atmosphere,” Kruse said.

United FC also announced a new reserve team, Minnesota United Reserves, that will play in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).

United Reserves will play home games at East Ridge High School and will be part of the Central Conference of the Midwest Region of the NPSL, a fourth-division league according to the governing body of soccer in the U.S., the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).

The season will run May through August.

East Ridge High School is part of the Bielenberg Sports Center, which will become the official training facility of United FC next spring.

Kruse said the club signed a contract to continue to use the National Sports Center Sports Hall as the training facility through April, when it anticipates the Woodbury complex to be completed.

Jason Olson is at
jason.olson@ecm-inc.com

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