Minnesota Twin Stars
Minnesota TwinStars FC is an American soccer team playing in the Minnetonka High School Stadium, Minnetonka, Minnesota, United States. Founded in 1997, the team plays in National Premier Soccer League. Prior to the 2004 season, the team was known as the St. Paul TwinStars FC.
|Full name||Minnesota TwinStars FC|
|Stadium||Minnetonka High School|
Final Four: DNQ
The Minnesota TwinStars FC historically had a long-standing relationship with the Hmong community in Minnesota, along with the African community in suburbs such as Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. In the early stages of the team's history, the dominant ethnic group that played on the TwinStars were Hmong, from Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Midwest (now Midwest-North) division champions two times (2008 and 2009), and National Championship runner-up once (2008), in two NPSL Final Four appearances.
History between the TwinStars FC and professional clubs around the world has been strong. Several players have gone on to play professionally in North America and Europe, such as Ismaila Jome, Alex Nyom, Geoffrey Myers, and Liberian international, Ansu Toure. Equatorial Guinean international, Francis Mbome arrived to the Minnesota outfit in 2010 and played with them for two years.
The men's team is the senior representative of the Minnesota TwinStars Academy (TSA), which was founded in 2012. The TSA U-16 club was ranked first in Minnesota in 2014, fourth in the region, and 100 nationally in just its second year of existence.
TwinStars was created by Yeng Xiong (03/21/1964) in late 1997 with elite hmong players (who are now known as legends today to the Hmong communities)from all over nation, mainly West coast. The very 1st year the team would be untouchable with the right coach to lead the elite team they would make it known to the community that it was a new beginning for Twin Cities's Hmong Soccer
The TwinStars have competed for the Midwest title throughout its existence. Their first taste of success was the 2006 season, where one of their players, Igor Stosic, was named to the NPSL Midwest All-Star team.
They followed up in the 2007 season, by having two of their players names on the All-Star team; Juan Fiz, and 3-time winner (two with the TwinStars) Igor Stosic.
Winning their first Midwest title in 2008, having five of their players named into the Midwest All-Star team, and one of the five, Geoffrey Myers, was named as the 2008 MVP, after scoring 14 goals and five assists in only 12 appearances. Following their triumph in regional competition, the club played in the NPSL Final Four in New York, where they were runners-up in the National tournament.
TwinStars FC won the Midwest title again in 2009, this time having four players named to the Midwest All-Star team. Once again having the league MVP, this time being the 5-time All-Star, Igor Stosic, becoming the most decorated TwinStars FC player in history.
The 2010 season saw the arrival of Equatorial Guinean international Francis Mbome. The TwinStars placed third of six teams in the Midwest division, having an overall record of 5–3–2. For the third season in a row, they had produced the league MVP, this time being former Liberian national team player Richard Kamara.
The 2013 season saw many players from the youth sides advance into the senior team. Seven of the players who regularly started games for the TwinStars were in high school; all coming from Prairie Seeds Academy.
Crest and Colors
The club crest has been changed several times, usually featuring a dragon, with two stars above a red and black shield. The current crest, featuring a red dragon in front of the black half of the shield, and a black dragon on the red half of the shield, both clutching a soccer ball with two golden stars (hence the name "TwinStars") above them, is a modified version of one of the first crests, used in 2005.
- James Griffin Stadium; St. Paul, Minnesota (2005–2006)
- Macalester Stadium at Macalester College; St. Paul, Minnesota (2007–2009)
- Edor Nelson Field at Augsburg University; Minneapolis, Minnesota (2010)
- Prairie Seeds Academy; Brooklyn Park, Minnesota (2011–2013)
- Mound-Westonka High School; Mound, Minnesota (2014–2015)
- Hopkins High School; Minnetonka, Minnesota (2016)
- Minnetonka High School; Minnetonka, Minnesota (2017–present)
Statistics and records
All-Star Team Players
Igor Stosic (2005 [with Minnesota Blast], 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
as of 26 April 2015
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Juan Fiz (2006–2007) Richard Kamara (2008–2011) Adama Diawara (2012) Martin Browne (2013–2014) Karim Darbaki (2014–present)
Current technical staff
as of 28 April 2015
|Head Coach||Youssef Darbaki|
|Assistant Coach||Bulut Turk Ozturk|
|Goalkeeper Coach||Brian Teske|
|Technical & Academy Director||Youssef Darbaki|
|Trainer||Dr. Nicole Hamel|
|Year||Division||League||Reg. Season||National Final Four||Open Cup|
|2005||4||NPSL||4th, Midwest||Did not qualify||Did not enter|
|2006||4||NPSL||3rd, Midwest||Did not qualify||Did not enter|
|2007||4||NPSL||3rd, Midwest||Did not qualify||Did not enter|
|2008||4||NPSL||1st, Midwest||Runner-up||Did not enter|
|2009||4||NPSL||1st, Midwest||Semi-finalists||Did not enter|
|2010||4||NPSL||3rd, Midwest||Did not qualify||Did not enter|
|2011||4||NPSL||4th, Midwest||Did not qualify||Did not enter|
|2012||4||NPSL||4th, Midwest-Central||Did not qualify||Did not enter|
|2013||4||NPSL||4th, Midwest-Central||Did not qualify||Did not enter|
|2014||4||NPSL||5th, Midwest-Central||Did not qualify||Did not enter|
|2015||4||NPSL||13th, Midwest||Did not qualify||Did not enter|
|2016||5||APL||3rd||Did not qualify||Did not enter|
|2017||4||NPSL||6th, Midwest-North||Did not qualify||Did not enter|
Youssef Darbaki (2005–present)
- National Premier Soccer League
- Midwest Conference: 2008, 2009
- National Final Four: Runner-up (2008)