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