MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Major League Soccer is expected to confirm during a news conference this week that an expansion franchise has been awarded to Minnesota.

MLS said Monday that Commissioner Don Garber will join Bill McGuire, the owner of the Minnesota United franchise in the North American Soccer League, at the news conference Wednesday to make "an important announcement" without specifying the nature of it.

The event will be held at Target Field, the home of baseball's Minnesota Twins.

One week ago, the league confirmed it's been in "advanced discussions" with McGuire and his partners about bringing a team to Minneapolis. A Minnesota United spokesman didn't immediately respond to an email seeking details of the announcement.