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Minnesota United FC clinches spot in NASL’s final four

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Minnesota United FC has 18 more North American Soccer League regular season games to play this year, but the team now knows that it’s an entrant into the league’s new four team playoff format that starts in November.

By virtue of sitting on top of the standings after the nine-game spring season, Minnesota United FC has automatically qualified for the postseason. Earlier this year, the NASL announced how teams would qualify for the playoffs and the spring season champ gets an automatic bid and hosts one of the two semifinal games in November.

The Loons officially captured the spring season title after a 3-3 tie at Tampa Bay on Saturday night. The point in the standings gave them 20 for the season. The San Antonio Scorpions finished three points off the pace and the defending NASL champion New York Cosmos are four points back with one game left to play, meaning they can’t catch the Loons.

The other playoff teams will come from the fall season champion and the two teams will the best overall records from both seasons combined.

The Loons will host a semifinal game on Nov. 8.

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