Pitch for Monticello-based youth soccer headquarters, field complex fails

Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) members weren’t sold a second time on the idea of a $17 million state-of-the-art field complex in Monticello.
Organization members voted down the proposal at their Nov. 2 general membership meeting, said Candace Daley, executive director of the Minnetonka-based non-profit organization. “We got the vote tally back on the facility proposal, and it did not pass,” Daley said. “We had a lot of lively discussion and debate. Predominantly what we heard was that people really liked the concept of MYSA having a a home and its own state-of-the-art facility, but the location was something they could not support. They really felt [Monticello] was too far out from the main Twin Cities area and wanted to see it more centrally located.”
MYSA is the governing body for all youth soccer in the state of Minnesota. The organization serves more than 70,000 soccer players and 140 member clubs.
The organization’s general membership voted on the 24-field Monticello facility proposal during the annual meeting held at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
City Administrator Jeff O’Neill said he attended the Saturday afternoon meeting and made a presentation to sell Monticello as a viable and attractive location.
O’Neill said he emphasized the 125-acre proposed MYSA headquarters’  proximity to the Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park project.

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