MAX KENT TALKS ABOUT TRYING OUT WITH MPLS CITY

Minneapolis City defender Max Kent opens up about his experience at last year's open tryout and what it meant for him to make the team--and then go on to excel with the Crows through the season:

Defender Max Kent in action during the 3-1 win against Sioux Falls Thunder.

Defender Max Kent in action during the 3-1 win against Sioux Falls Thunder.

"The ambitious and exciting culture of Minneapolis City SC truly begins at the open tryout. 

From the get go, you can sense that everyone wants to make an impact. From the players trying to prove they are the next big thing, to the coaches trying to prove they can win the title. The passion to be the best is unmatched. 

Open tryouts provided the perfect platform to showcase my playing abilities against other participants and current City players. This allowed me to start learning how to play with what would be my fellow teammates in a few weeks.

Over the course of two hours you are given the chance to outplay, outwork, and outmatch the other participants. That task should be an exciting undertaking for any soccer player.  

Furthermore, the open tryout offers you the opportunity to compare yourself to some of the best talent in the state. Whether your training next to an ex-professional or Division 1 soccer player, you may never get an opportunity to play next to such talent anywhere else. 

After being selected to City, it felt as if a new door had opened up in my career; a dream come true. Even after having a thrilling college season, I was excited to fill my summer with Friday night lights, the Citizens’ chants, and local soccer."

SUMMIT BREWING BACK AGAIN AS TITLE SPONSOR

Minneapolis - Minneapolis City SC are proud to announce that Summit Brewing Company, the Twin Cities' original and iconic craft brewery, has extended its title sponsor agreement with the club.

Minneapolis City Sporting Director Jon Bisswurm said: "It's been five years of good beer and great partnership and I'm really excited that we're going to keep it going."

The Summit logo will continue to grace the club's home and away shirts, as well as those of the Stegman's teams competing in the MASL and MRSL as well.

Summit will continue to be the craft beer of choice at club events and, where the occasional non-draconian local liquor laws allow, in the stands as well.

Dan Hoedeman, club President, said: "Who says Minneapolis and St Paul can't work together? And, more than that, this shows the continuing--and growing--value that we deliver to our partners."

CITY ANNOUNCE STIMULUS ATHLETIC AS NEW KIT PROVIDER

Minneapolis - Minneapolis City SC are thrilled to announce a new technical partnership with Stimulus Athletic, founded in Minneapolis by former Minnesota United striker Geison Moura. The agreement sees Stimulus become the official kit supplier beginning in the 2018 season

Minneapolis City director Sarah Schreier said: "This is an incredibly exciting deal for the club. We are a local club so it's important to us to partner with local companies when we can, and when we saw the quality of the product and ability to completely custom the design, we knew it was a match."

Geison Moura, founder of Stimulus, said: "Minneapolis City is a great club, a fun brand, and has very passionate fans. This partnership will give our product great visibility, and I am excited to show their players and supporters what we can create for them."

Lifetime and 2018 Members will be able to vote on the new kit designs in early November.

Dan Hoedeman, club President, said: "We have never been content to choose from a template because we aren't a templated club. So when Sarah found Stimulus via aggressive internet-ing and we saw what they were all about, it just made sense."

 

2017 ANNUAL REVIEW

Part I: The year in (financial) review

Last year we opened our books and talked about what it takes financially to start a lower division soccer club.

This ear we are going to open our books again and then, because that isn’t enough, will talk about how promotion/relegation in an American pyramid could impact us and what the jump to professional really means.1

The first year is always the hardest, but that doesn’t mean the second year will be easy.

When we started Minneapolis City we had a three-year plan to break even within the volunteer-run, amateur-player structure that we started with.2

It was great theoretically and, spoiler alert, in practice, but in our first year we lost money.3

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TALKING LIKE WE WALK: OUR BRAND

There is a simple test, just a single question, to determine if your career is something you truly love. Can you answer yes to “would you still do the work if you weren’t paid for it?”

After year two of the Minneapolis City project, the answer is yes. Branding and advertising is my jam, I do it for free, and even in my passion projects I can’t help but bring those skills into it.

The club has gotten aggressively trolled for that, for being “all hype”.

So it seems fitting to talk about the brand, the famous logo, and why us being us is the key to our success.

We started the club with no money.

That drove our launch strategy which can be summed up as: get as much attention and earned media as possible without spending any money...

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The original version was published by American Pyramid on 8/7/2017.

THE ATHLETIC BILBAO OF THE NORTH

We pride ourselves on being a community club. By local people, for local people. The Athletic Bilbao of The North.

What does that mean?

Athletic Bilbao famously only fields Basque players and, in that line, we field only Minnesotan players.

Well, what does it mean to be Minnesotan? That is a charged question in the current climate but one that we have a strong point of view on: a Minnesotan is simply someone who calls themselves Minnesotan.

Birth certificate doesn't come into it. Doesn't matter how long you have lived here. Race, class, gender or propensity to say "uff da" is irrelevant.

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UNDEFEATED

On being an intern, battling cancer, and building a club.

By: Kristian Evans

I remember the moment I fell in love with MPLS City very clearly. In the club’s home opener against the Croatian Eagles, Isaac Friendt, who had been dominating the entire game, made an incredible run to the outside and blew by the the poor back tasked with containing him.  Without much choice, the back took Isaac down and was quickly whistled for a red card, while the crowd cheered in approval, Jon Bisswurm, now the club’s Sporting Director, took the jubilation to the next level.  In a full on sprint, red solo cup in hand, Jon ran towards the ball that had spurted out of bounds as a result of the foul and took a running kick at it only to fall in spectacular fashion.  I think I was one of the few to see it, but that moment summed up Minneapolis City pretty well for me; we are unorthodox, and beyond strange but man, do we know how to make lower division soccer fun.

INTRODUCING OUR NEWEST DEVELOPMENT PLAYERS

Minneapolis, Minn. -- Minneapolis City SC is proud to announce its newest intake of development players, a class of players fully supported by the generosity of club members and financial supporters, and a group already double this size of last year's class.

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2017 MIDWEST REGION PLAYOFF INFORMATION

Completing the scheduling process for the 2017 season related to Minneapolis City SC, today the NPSL Midwest Region playoffs format, scheduling and tie-breaker rules.

The top two teams from each conference will make the playoffs, with the top two teams in the region as determined by points-per-game getting a bye into the 'final four.'

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MINNEAPOLIS CITY OUT OF U.S. OPEN CUP

Because Minneapolis City moved from the Premier League of America (PLA) to the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), the club has technically violated tournament rule 202c1a and has been removed from the competition.

The Crows appealed the ruling, suggesting that the language of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) used in discussing the spirit of the law, the point is to keep clubs from making "material changes" throughout the tournament, made it clear that the club should continue because there have been no material changes.

In fact, the club remains exactly the same.

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