Minnesota United names Heath as coach for 1st MLS season

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota United has hired Adrian Heath as the coach to usher the franchise into Major League Soccer next season.

United made the announcement on Tuesday. Heath coached Orlando City during its inaugural MLS season in 2015 and United sporting director Manny Lagos says that experience played a role in his hiring in Minnesota.

Heath went 16-18-1 in one and a half seasons leading Orlando City, but was fired in July.

Heath guided Orlando City from the USL to the MLS, and now will be tasked with taking Minnesota United from the North American Soccer League to MLS.

United is building a new stadium in St. Paul and will play its inaugural season at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus.

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