Minnesota United’s new power football team aims to ‘elevate’ the sport
St. Paul, Minnesota (Fox 9) – Saturday was a busy day at Allianz Field as Minnesota United FC took on the Houston Dynamo, but before the match, MNUFC’s new powerhouse football team had the fans’ full attention.
Power Soccer is an adaptive form of the game designed for those who use electric wheelchairs, and last month Minnesota United became the third club in MLS to have its own power soccer team when they signed seven players from the ‘Allina Health Courage Kenny Power Soccer. team, making them official Minnesota United athletes.
On Saturday, the team played exhibition matches for the fans in front of the stadium.
“We are so thrilled to be able to help elevate this sport with a relationship with Minnesota United,” said team manager Megan Welty. “For the athletes, it’s really an opportunity to elevate themselves, to be able to show the public that they too are athletes.”
For Loons soccer player Ashrith Subash, the call was simpler.
“I like wheelchair speed and scoring goals,” Scubas said.
MNUFC athletic director Manny Lagos knows that the hard work of his new athletes has the power to change the game, and the perceptions of those who play it. “They’re inspiring, they play the sport we all love, we all play and support, and they’re a part of us now,” Lagos told Fox 9.
Each athlete has been signed to the club in a gesture to show that football is an inclusive sport that everyone can play. “Some kids have muscular dystrophy, some players have cerebral palsy, maybe a spinal cord injury,” Welty said.
The team began at Allina Health’s Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in Golden Valley, where they still practice regularly.
“Football is for everyone, [these players] don’t have a pair of cleats, but they still play football,” Welty said.
The team’s season runs from September to June, with games at Fridley and Hudson. They hope their new partnership with the MUFC will help them sign more players.