Oct 7, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell greets Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf prior to the game between the Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota To Announce Pursuit Of MLS Franchise Tomorrow

When Vikings fans talk about the new stadium that is being built, they mostly think about the game of football.  It’s hard when you’re obsessed with one sport to even think about some of the others out there and picture the football field redone for another sport.  The new stadium has already been part of a bid to host the NCAA Final Four in the future, but the versatility of the stadium doesn’t end there.

Jun 8, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Red Bulls defender Armando (5) works for the ball against New England Revolution forward Teal Bunbury (10) in the second half at Gillette Stadium. The New York Red Bulls defeated the New England Revolution 2-0. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

As rumored during the legislation to get the stadium approved, the Wilf family will pursue a Major League Soccer franchise to play in the new home of the Minnesota Vikings.  Minnesota sports fans know quite well that the Zygi Wilf is the owner of the Vikings and his brother is the team’s president.  According to ESPN’s Ben Goessling, the Vikings will announce an alignment with with Relevant Sports tomorrow.  The two groups will work together to bring an MLS franchise to Minnesota.

Here is Goessling’s tweet about the alliance:

While some folks will scoff at the idea of soccer being a “relevant sport” in the United States, an MLS team in Minnesota could be a real money maker for the stadium and the Wilf family if this venture is a success.  Personally, I don’t watch much soccer, but I would be much more likely to watch it if there was some kind of Minnesota Vikings tie-in with it.

Would you be interested in a MLS team in Minnesota?  Or do you feel that a soccer squad in the new stadium is a failure waiting to happen?

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