Who are the Dark Clouds?
Formed in 2004, the Dark Clouds are Minnesota’s largest independent soccer supporters group. Wherever Minnesota United FC go, “the Dark Clouds Follow”. During home games we can be found in the east stands of TCF Bank Stadiums standing and singing for 90 minutes while displaying our flags and tifo displays.
We also perform a significant amount of community service and philanthropy through our Silver Lining organization. Silver Lining sets up volunteer events locally with the Sanneh Foundation, Second Harvest Heartland, and Free Bikes 4 Kids among others.
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, the NASL, and now MLS.
Paid membership is not required to participate in anything we do. But paid membership helps grow the game and our section. Your membership funds several things throughout the season including charity events, tailgating, Tifo, and the game day experience.
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.