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Minnesota United to begin MLS play in 2018

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When Minnesota United confirmed on Wednesday that they'd be moving to MLS, the big question for many NASL fans was when that move would happen. We now have some clarity, with Major League Soccer confirming that the side will begin play during the 2018 season.

While it's yet to be confirmed by the North American Soccer League, this timetable likely means that Minnesota will remain in the NASL for the next three seasons, as there seems to be little reason for the club to cease operation for either the 2016 or 2017 campaigns. That should be viewed as good news for the league, who are still seeking to expand, and expect to make several announcements soon.

The announcement also provides some incentive for fans to buy 2015 season tickets, and will likely have the same effect in 2016 and 2017 as well. Priority for the Loons' inaugural MLS season ticket packages will be given to 2015 season ticket holders, which should provide a welcome boost for the club.