MNUFC UNIFIED TEAM
In 2013, MLS WORKS – Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative – announced a partnership with Special Olympics to bring soccer to athletes with intellectual disabilities, leveraging the strength of Major League Soccer to promote awareness, respect, inclusion and acceptance of Special Olympics athletes throughout the soccer community.
Unique to this partnership is an exchange program for Special Olympics Unified Sports soccer teams, which are teams comprised of players both with and without intellectual disabilities. These Special Olympics Unified Sports soccer teams, supported by their respective clubs, not only receive training from their own MLS players and coaches, but also travel to other MLS markets to train alongside their Special Olympics counterparts.
Minnesota United added its own Special Olympics Unified Squad when it entered the league in 2017, kicking off that year against the Houston Dynamo both home and away. Athletes for the MNUFC Unified Team sign special two-game contracts and represent the club in games both at Allianz Field and on the road.
Learn about the 2019 Minnesota United Unified team by clicking the links below:
Unified Team Gameday Gallery
Look through the lens of the MNUFC photographers as the club's Unified Team kicks off against Colorado.
Hype: MNUFC Unified Prepares For Colorado
Watch as the Unified Team gets set to kick off against the Colorado Rapids.
Unified Team Signing Day
Members of the MNUFC Unified Team officially signed for the club in a ceremony held at Allianz Field.
MNUFC Unified Team Signs Contracts at Allianz Field
Sixteen members of the Minnesota United Unified Team sign their contracts at Allianz Field.
2019 Unified Team Tryouts
Athletes try out to be part of the 2019 MNUFC Unified Team.