Summer of Truce: Soccer at TCF Bank Stadium
The World Cup is a weird thing in the United States. The rest of the planet seems to go crazy whereas we don’t care until the first U.S. game when most of us morph into futbol fanatics. We can actually be split into three categories: people who already love soccer who get super excited; people who are indifferent who get super excited, and people who call soccer players “field fairies” who don’t even pretend to care. But if you live in Minnesota, no matter what category you fell into, you should be living and breathing soccer!
While most of Minnesota’s sports teams are still figuring it out, there is one that’s looking to stay on top for a long time: Minnesota United FC. They’re our New York Yankees. No matter what your personal feelings are towards them, the words “Minnesota United” equate to superb soccer. Despite only existing since 2010, they are the 2014 NASL Spring Champions and sitting in second place after the first three games of the Fall season.
“Minnesota has a professional soccer team that’s actually good?” YES, and you should be supporting them!
“I’m sorry, I didn’t even know! When is their next game? I will definitely get a ticket to that one and bring all of my friends to cheer them on.” I accept your apology and am glad you asked. The United’s next game is their most important to date, not just for them but for the future of soccer in Minnesota.
This Saturday, August 2nd, they are playing against the Ottawa Fury in a double-header at TCF Bank Stadium. It will be the first time soccer has ever been played at the stadium. The other game that day? Manchester City (England) vs. Olympiacos (Greece)—two premier league teams. It’s an incredible chance to see both our hometown team kick serious butt and the best soccer from across the pond.
Just in case this is too much information, we’ve already planned out your Saturday for you:
- 8:00am: Wake up and go through your morning routine. Go to www.MNUnitedFC.com to get caught up on all of your soccer news and player stats.
- 9:00-10:00am: Stop by Truce and ask for our Morning Greens. Our most popular green juice, it’s packed full of kale, spinach, and romaine—you know, those nutrient-dense leafy green that you don’t get enough of. The other four ingredients are cucumber, apple, lemon, and ginger. If you’re normally not a green juice person, these will help break up the vegetable taste while also providing your body with essential vitamins and minerals. Ginger is especially beneficial: it boosts your immune system, promotes metabolism, is anti-inflammatory, and detoxifies. It also adds a definite kick to the taste (I’ll let you make the soccer joke there). If you’re going to be out in the sun all day and eating stadium food, you’ll want to start your day with a green juice. Maybe grab one for later too.
- 0:30am: Meet up with all of your friends at a soccer field. Get in the spirit by scrimmaging or playing the classic end-of-practice game World Cup.
- 11:30am: Head home to shower and put on any soccer gear you have.
- 12:30pm: Head to the game. Think about taking your bike or downloading a pass for a free ride courtesy of Metro Transit.
- 1:00 -1:30pm: Arrive at TCF Bank Stadium with enough time to find your seats and get any refreshments before the games start.
- 2:00pm: Manchester City vs. Olympiacos. Pick either side to cheer for.
- 4:30pm: MN United vs. Ottawa Fury. Cheer on the United, obviously.
- 7:00pm: Game ends. It’s Saturday night so I’m sure you’ll have plans. See you at Truce on Sunday morning!