Minnesota Lightning

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Minnesota Lightning
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Full name Minnesota Lightning
Nickname(s) Lightning
Founded 2006
Dissolved 2009
Stadium National Sports Center
Capacity 12,000
Chairman United States Djorn Buchholz
Manager United States Danny Storlien
League USL W-League
2009 3rd, Midwest Division

Minnesota Lightning was an American women’s soccer team, founded in 2006. The team was a member of the United Soccer Leagues W-League, the second tier of women’s soccer in the United States and Canada. The team played in the Midwest Division of the Central Conference. The team folded after the 2009 season.

The team played its home games at the National Sports Center in the city of Blaine, Minnesota, 18 miles north of downtown Minneapolis. The team's colors were navy blue and pale blue.

The team was a sister organization of the men's Minnesota Thunder team, which played in the USL First Division. The Minnesota Thunder was suspended from the USL First Division after they left the USL for the new North American Soccer League.[1]


Year Division League Reg. Season Playoffs
2006 1 USL W-League 2nd, Midwest Conference Semifinals
2007 1 USL W-League 1st, Midwest Conference Finals
2008 1 USL W-League 3rd, Midwest Did not qualify
2009 2 USL W-League 3rd, Midwest Did not qualify


  • USL W-League Midwest Division Champions 2007

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  1. ^ Quarstad, Brian (27 November 2009). "USL's Tim Holt Makes Statements Concerning the Minnesota Thunder". Inside Minnesota Soccer. Retrieved 11 August 2010.

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