MN Stars new ownership deal could be 'days away,' says league commissioner

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Photo: Jeremy Olson, DigitalGopher.net., from game 1 of the series.
Minnesota Stars won the first leg of the series 2-0, but lost the championship in a penalty kick shootout.
Despite coming in with a two-goal advantage, the Minnesota Stars suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the final leg of the NASL championship this weekend.

For Stars fans, the devastation was compounded by fear that, in absence of a local buyer, the league would vote to dump the team entirely at its Board of Governors meeting this weekend.

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But good news could be on the way. David Downs, commissioner for the NASL, says the league postponed voting on the team's fate because they are nearing a deal.

"Because we believe we are a matter of a couple of days away from a deal with a local owner for the team we have held off on a decision," says Downs in an email to City Pages. "Stay tuned."

We'll follow up when more information on the deal becomes available. In the meantime, check out the amazing, final penalty-kick save by Rowdies goalie Jeff Attinella that clinched the win in a nail-biting shootout:

For more info on Saturday's game, Brian Quarstad at IMSoccer News offers a good round up of the highlights here.

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