NASL SPRING CHAMPION TROPHY PRESENTATION
Minnesota United FC was awarded the NASL Spring Season Champion Trophy in a presentation ceremony June 10th. Team President Nick Rogers, Head Coach Manny Lagos, and United Defender Justin Davis accepted the trophy on behalf of the entire Minnesota United FC squad from NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson in front of a room filled with fans.
“We are very, very, excited to be here celebrating our first major on field accomplishment,” said Rogers.
It is the first silverware of the year for a team with great ambition. Finishing the Spring Season with just one loss, Minnesota United FC is a force to be reckoned with in the NASL. The team racked up an impressive 15 goals and secured 3 clean sheets, and were solid on both sides of the ball.
“We were going to be a team that focused a lot on the process, and so every week we kind of pressed reset and focused on the opponent,” said Davis. “We were switched on for the full 90 minutes and didn’t give up anything late.”
Success in the Spring Season doesn’t always equate to success in the postseason. Last year’s NASL Spring Champion Atlanta Silverbacks fell to the New York Cosmos 1-0 in the Soccer Bowl. For United, that result stands as a reminder that there is still a lot of soccer to be played.
“We’re not going to stop looking for talent, and we’re not sitting around patting ourselves on the back and saying we’re done building here – we’ve got a lot of soccer to play and it’s a very competitive league,” said Rogers.
Minnesota United looks to build in the future to become one of the best teams in the NASL and to compete for continental recognition. That journey continues when United face 2013 MLS Champions Sporting Kansas City in the US Open Cup, to continue for a chance to move on to the CONCACAF Champions League.
“We really believe we will become one of the best clubs in North America, and that’s our goal,” said Lagos.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and United will use the NASL Spring Championship as a platform to jump forward toward future successes with eyes toward the NASL Soccer Bowl championship in November.