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Minnesota TwinStars Ready for NPSL North

The original NPSL club in the Twin Cities believes it is time for new, local competition.

Eli Hoff

Top to bottom, Minnesota TwinStars have had remarkable success. Their senior men’s team has produced several players who have gone on to play in Europe and has appeared twice in the National Premier Soccer League Final Four. Their women’s side is the only Minnesotan team to compete in the Women’s Premier Soccer League, a nation-wide competition. Their youth academy stretches all the way down to the U-10 level and has had teams ranked nationally in the past. This history of success may very well continue into TwinStars’ newest competition.

Minnesota TwinStars have a very successful past.
Eli Hoff

“The new conference is great,” tells general manager Tim Singleton. He is referring to the creation of the brand-new NPSL North conference, which includes teams from around Minnesota, as well as La Crosse, Sioux Falls, and Fargo. TwinStars previously played in the NPSL Midwest and they’re excited to be able to face local competition.

The club has set themselves up well to compete with other North teams, especially Twin Cities sides Minneapolis City SC and Viejos Son Los Trapos FC. TwinStars has partnered with Fire SC of the Minnesota Amateur Soccer League First Division (Fire in turn have a lower team called the Burn). This allows players who aren’t in a starting role with TwinStars to get minutes while providing Fire with a welcome boost.

TwinStars have partnered with Fire SC of the MASL.
Eli Hoff

Minnesota TwinStars is hoping to be at the top of the table when the NPSL season ends in July, but they also hope to grow a fanbase. Singleton was brought in to help turn the club around and he is bringing his experience and connections with the now-defunct NSC Stars and FC Fargo to the club. Several players from Fargo are set the join the team, as well as a few former Minnesota United reserves. The heart of the team, however, lies in the Division I college players who join in the summer. Players have come in from as far away as California to be part of the TwinStars organization. “We had seven Division I recruits from last year’s academy and we should have more this year too,” says one of the academy directors.

Minnetonka High School will play host to Minnesota TwinStars matches.
Courtesy Minnetonka Public Schools/Minnesota Valley Football

The club hopes to improve off the pitch as well as on it. A supporters’ group (aptly called “the Third Star”) has popped up and will be a proud part of the club’s matches. As we previously reported, Minnesota TwinStars will play home matches at Minnetonka High School. The venue played host to FC Minneapolis last season. Minnesota TwinStars are rejuvenating themselves for a campaign in a fresh division and hope to carve their niche as Minnesota’s original NPSL club.

To view a full 51 photos from Saturday’s tryout, flip through the gallery below!