Things are really looking up for our professional soccer team. After years of building a passionate fan base and a successful team on the pitch, MN United have been chosen to join Major League Soccer as an expansion team, and are in the process of having a brand new, 20,000-seat stadium built for them in St. Paul as well. But until the Loons move to the MLS (most likely in 2017), and transition to their new home in 2018, the team continues to fare well against the competition from their rivals in the North American Soccer League, while playing to their raucous, Dark Cloud supporters, who religiously trek out to Blaine to see them in action. The team is led by a group of young stars who all appear poised to take the next step to MLS glory. Christian Ramirez, Ben Speas, and Brazilian Stefano Pinho all bolster a record-setting offense, while Justin Davis, Kevin Venegas, Jeb Brovsky, and Damion Lowe all anchor a stout defense in front of their Cameroonian international keeper, Sammy Ndjock, whose extraordinary saves keeps the club in each and every game. Time will tell how the team ultimately handles the big move to the MLS, but for now the excitement continues to build for the future of MN United, as well as the importance of professional soccer here in Minnesota. For tickets and a complete schedule of this season's games, visit www.mnunitedfc.com.