Who are the Dark Clouds?
Formed in 2004, the Dark Clouds are Minnesota’s largest independent soccer supporters group. The Dark Clouds have followed Minnesota pro soccer teams through thick and thin from the Minnesota Thunder, to the NSC Minnesota Stars, to the Minnesota Stars FC, to Minnesota United FC.
Wherever Minnesota United go, “the Dark Clouds Follow”. During home games we can be found in the Southeast corner of the National Sports Center standing and singing for 90 minutes while displaying our flags and tifo displays. Our service arm, Silver Lining, sets up volunteer events locally with the Sanneh Foundation, Second Harvest Heartland, and Free Bikes 4 Kids among others. Find out more at dark-clouds.com, Twitter @MNDarkClouds, and Facebook.com/MNDarkClouds.
“One thing I like about the Dark Clouds so much is that it’s a bunch of weirdos and misfits,” says Wes Burdine. “It’s a group of black sheep coming together.”
Stand and sing with us and you’re in. Come to any Dark Clouds event and you’re a part of us. Drink a Summit and watch some soccer. Want to vote on board membership or sit on the board? Come to the annual Supporters’ Summit and participate.
The mission of the Dark Clouds is to support professional soccer, serve and build communities, and create a welcoming, inclusive culture around the sport in Minnesota.
Dark Cloud History
The Dark Clouds formed in 2004 when the Minnesota Thunder moved to the James Griffin Stadium at St. Paul Central High School. A group of a strangers slowly turned into a supporters section. From there, the Dark Clouds have followed the team through thick and thin from the Thunder, to the NSC Minnesota Stars, to the Minnesota Stars FC to Minnesota United FC. We’ve been a part of the USL, USSF D-2 and the NASL. Before the Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders, Montreal Impact and the Vancouver Whitecaps were in MLS they were playing Minnesota. And the Dark Clouds were there. United is now on their way to MLS but it’s important to “Be Here Now.”
Paid membership is not required to come to events or participate in anything we do. But paid membership helps grow the game and our section. We’re trying to load up the perks to make it more than worth your while to be a part of it. We use the money to fund several things throughout the season including charity events, tailgating, TIFO, and game day experience. Any money left on the books at the end of the season gets donated to a charity chosen by the Board of Directors. Last year the charity was The Sanneh Foundation.
Board of Directors
The 2016/17 Dark Cloud Board of Directors are:
- Jim Oliver – President
- Daniel Hills – Vice President
- Andy Wattenhofer – Treasurer/CFO
- Jim Crist
- Abraham Opoti
- Kate Thersleff
- John Louis
You can read the bios of our board by clicking here.