WPSL North preview

Yes, it is too big but it features some of the best amateur players in the country, and some who have very recently been professionals. Let’s look at the Northern Conference of the Women’s Premier Soccer League.

Salvo SC

Having finished in second place in the North and taken a wildcard spot in the playoffs, Twin Cities-based Salvo made it all the way to the National Final before falling to a winner in the first minute of stoppage time and the end of the game by Charlotte Eagles. They were undefeated in the regular season, with two draws and six wins.

Minnesota Thunder

The regular season champions, but perennial refusers of a playoff berth, also finished undefeated, with seven wins and a draw. Kaitlyn MacBean went on a tear and finished the season with the most goals in the entire national league. The games between the two Twin Cities neighbors are usually fiercely contested.

Sioux Falls City FC

It’s an exciting time in South Dakota, as the club prepare to launch a professional team in 2025 alongside the amateur side. They came third last season, behind Salvo on goal difference and with only one loss to their record (to Thunder). 

Dakota Fusion FC

Just up the I-29 is another prospective WPSL PRO club (In their case 2026). Given the presence of North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota in the Red River Valley and the fact that their closest amateur rival is nearly 250 miles away, Fusion should have a more consistent pool of players than has been the case. Nonetheless, there is no getting away from the fact that the women’s side often features a strong Fargoan component. Last season continued a trend of the club being unable to keep the ball out of the net. They finished with zero wins and a -43 goal difference.

Joy Athletic Club

Based out of St Louis Park, just to the west of Minneapolis and affiliated with St Paul non-profit Joy of the People, the Goats accumulated three wins, four losses and two draws. 

MapleBrook Fury

Based in Maple Grove, a northwestern suburb of the Twin Cities, Fury tied Joy on 11 points but played two fewer games, accumulating a record of three wins, two draws and two losses. 

Manitou FC

White Bear Lake, MN in the northeast of the Twin Cities metro is home to Manitou FC. The club finished the season with three wins, five losses and a draw. 

St Croix Legacy 

Based on the eastern edge of the Twin Cities metro, Legacy had a see-saw season, with five wins, four losses and no draws. 

Mankato United

MUSC only managed two wins from nine matches, losing the other seven and finishing with a -10 goal difference. 

Rochester United

United finished the season with only three wins and six losses, coupled to a -21 goal difference.

Sioux City Sol

Emerging from nowhere to Siouxland between Sioux Falls and Omaha, they are playing “6 to 8 sanctioned matches” this year and joining the North fully next year.