Wonderwall is now seeking candidates via an open nominations process, for the 2021 Board of Directors To nominate yourself, simply fill out this form. This year Wonderwall will be filling four (4) seats on the board.
The nominations period ends December 31, 2020, all nominations must be submitted prior to this date.
The Wonderwall Board of Directors guides decision making, policies and procedures for the Wonderwall organization and is very strategically focused. If you're looking to become more involved, or to participate in a particular aspect of Supporter Group culture (tifo, matchday, social media, etc) please send us an email and we can connect you with the appropriate people.
Wonderwall 2021 Organizational Priorities
If you think you're suited to help us achieve these goals, please complete this simple form. All candidates and candidate comments will be published prior to the election taking place. To learn more about Wonderwall, how it operates and its current Board of Directors, please visit the about us page.
Board of Directors Elections will take place following the Supporters Summit which is targeted for late January 2021, more information to follow.
With the growing concern over the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Wonderwall has been monitoring the situation closely and understand the uncertainty regarding travel. As a result Wonderwall will be offering refunds for AWAY DAY TICKET PURCHASES to anyone choosing not to travel due to the Coronavirus.
To receive a refund you must email the Travel Committee two weeks (14 days) in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org citing your order number and decision not to travel due to the Coronavirus.
Wonderwall has been in contact with the Independent Supporters Council and Major League Soccer about potential actions to play in empty venues, delay games or postponements and will be keeping purchasers of Away Day tickets as up-to-date as possible.
After over 62 shareholder votes, three members were elected to the BoD for a term of two years.
Max Tusa and Abraham Opoti were re-elected to serve another term. This is Max's second term, and Abraham's third. Andrew Beck joins the Wonderwall Board of Directors for the first time.
Thanks to all who ran and for all who voted in these elections.
Below is a list of nominees and statements for all candidates running in the 2020 Board of Directors Elections. These statements are direct copy/paste from the nomination form, with no edits. If you click on a candidate's name, the link will take you to a photograph.
These six candidates will be running for three open seats.
As quite possibly the loudest Wonderwall season-ticket holder, I will use this platform on the board to advance our community´s collective voice and interests. As an immigration attorney, I bring an analytical perspective to a variety of issues that the board may consider in the future. As a former long-term resident in both South America and Europe, I have a passion to advance our amazing Wonderwall to even higher levels evidenced in fellow supporter groups around the world.
The sport of soccer has invigorated the community and our state with something new and exciting! My business experience is in human resources: policy, performance and LEAN philosophy. I also have skills in relationship and consensus-building that can be valuable in a BOD environment. I would love to support and move the Wonderwall purpose forward!
As the current President of Wonderwall, I feel fully qualified to say that we have come a very long way in the time since I first started on the board. We also have quite a bit more to do, which I am very much interested in accomplishing as much as possible during my next term should I be re-elected. Through conversations with our members it became clear that we were not speaking to each other enough, and now have all-WW SG leadership meetings with the WW President, Vice-President, and anyone else from the WW board who is able to attend.
As a corporation, we are in the middle of a massive shift in focus from operations to oversight. As was stated at a recent board meeting, we’ve grown as an organization in scope and size, and now begins the hard work of governance. We are adding structure and policy where it had not existed before in order to make the lives of our volunteers less complicated. Creating policy documents is not the same sort of fun as leading chants, or banging loudly on drums, yet it is critical work that I honestly enjoy seeing completed. We have a wonderful organization I have been honored to be a part of. I am regularly humbled by the great work our many volunteers do daily. I wish to honor those efforts by continuing to serve on the board and help lay the foundation for future successes.
With my time on Wonderwall board there are 3 things main categories I would like to focus on.
Building Relationships-I believe one of the most important and powerful things Wonderwall can do is be platform to help build stronger relationships across supporter groups at all levels and especially between leadership. Being able to facilitate those conversations and relationships is going to be key to the continued growth of WW along with existing and new SG’s. Those connections are a huge part of the organization’s strength and allow WW to be most effective voice possible for all MNUFC supporters.
Structure & Growth-As Wonderwall continues to grow and evolve as an organization separate from supporter groups, having smart and effective policies and procedures, extending to financial controls, in place and functioning is going to be critical going forward. Also serving as primary platform for SG’s to grow and build off of, it is important that there are clear rules and expectations that all SG’s follow. This extends particularly to dealing with financial decisions and how money is spent amongst SG’s.
Brand Building-Due to the unique structure that has developed, Wonderwall is a somewhat unknown and opaque organization to the average supporter. I want to grow the work to address that through continuing to build the WW brand along communicating the unique role WW fulfills. I believe one of the best way that can be down is to open up the organization so that supporters can see what WW role is and continue to communicate why decisions are made.
I thank you for your time and ask you for your vote.
My name is Maxwell Tusa and I am a current member of the Wonderwall Board of Directors seeking to continue my board membership. Currently, my tenure is only 3 months, as I was voted in by the Board itself in October; this spot was left vacant by the departure of my good friend and fellow True North Elite member James Norungolo. I am incredibly eager to continue the work I have only just begun!
As an introductory aside, for those of you who don't know me by name, I am a devout fan of the Loons and have been a season ticket holder for the three years Minnesota has been a part of MLS. I am a member of True North Elite, having been adopted into the group by former TNE leader Nicholas Bisbee in the fall of 2016. Most of you will know me better as the guy in TNE who wears a facemask and never wears sleeves!
That said, to restate to the broader Wonderwall membership what I had stated in my application to the Board back in October, I bring a unique view to an already diverse Board of Directors. This past May I graduated from the University of St. Thomas School of Law with my Juris Doctorate - the professional training and education I received while in law school instilled in me excellent analytical skills. I will forevermore IRAC every issue or question that is placed in front of me - IRAC being the lawerly process of looking at any matter, I for issue (find what is being asked), R for rule (what's the applicable rule, or usually the standard practice), A for application (how do you apply the rule to the issue at hand), and C for conclusion (make a measured conclusion based on your analysis). I love nothing more than to carefully and judiciously work through any and all questions presented to me, from legal questions, to vehicle maintenance questions, to soccer related questions as well! I will put forth this same level of analysis and carefully measured thought process as a member of the Wonderwall board.
Turning to a less professional, and more humanistic qualification of mine relates to my desire to continue to foster and develop the soccer community here in Minnesota. Although I played soccer through high school, I never followed any team or even watched professional soccer. However, upon studying abroad in London in 2012, I had a chance to snap up a cheap ticket to a FA Cup fixture at Stamford Bridge - Chelsea v Leicester City. I found myself in the middle of the Chelsea supporters section and was absolutely floored by the passion and love for the team. Not only that, from what I saw, it was an incredibly diverse group of people brought together in their support. Within the writhing crowd of Blue I saw a coming together of people from all walks of life - it didn't matter who you were, only that you were shouting in unison for the team you supported. It was nothing like any sporting event I had been to before, and from the instant I saw that, I knew I wanted to bring that experience back across the pond. After sticking primarily to Premier League fandom in the years I lived out of state, my move back to Minnesota coincided with the Loons coming into the league. After being introduced to True North Elite and the supporter culture here in Minnesota, I well all in on the Loons. Since then I've done my utmost to both grow True North Elite and Wonderwall in what ways I can, and to bring awareness to MNUFC and soccer here in Minnesota. Take for example my fun part time job of Uber and Lyft, I nearly always try to bring up the Loons in my conversation, my love of the team and culture around the team is that strong!
I know I could continue extolling on my 'soft skills' and as to my unending love of the Loons, True North Elite, and Wonderwall, but in my first impression I don't want to go too overboard. I would be honored to continue to retain my Wonderwall Board of Directors membership and continue to move our amazing organization forward in support of the team and of it supporters within the Wonderwall. I am excited to do all that is required in support of the Board and Wonderwall, and will continue to be a diligent and present member of the Board.
Thank you all so much for your consideration. COYL
I was hooked on this team and its supporters from the Snowpener in 2017 - my first ever MLS match, and quickly became a STH. I believe the energy we bring to the stands every week is infectious and can spill out into our communities if channeled. I began as a Dark Cloud and am currently a Red Loon, though I believe all our SGs can provide a fantastic linkage to the team and I see Wonderwall as that federation for our common objectives as SGs. As a board member, I hope to bring the perspective of a new-ish supporter who can speak to those elements which attract new members, volunteers, and strengthen our ties to each other as SGs.
Wonderwall, the parent organization dedicated to enabling, empowering and accelerating Minnesota United FC’s Supporters Groups, will be hosting the annual Supporters Summit on January 31, 2020 at Summit Brewing Company, inside the Administration Building. The event will begin around 6:30 PM with the program aspect of the evening commencing at 7:00 PM. As with all Wonderwall Supporters Summits, all are welcome – you do not need to be a Supporters Group member or season ticket holder to attend the event.
We're planning to have 2020 membership packages (member scarf + membership card) available for pickup at the Supporters Summit, if this changes we will announce via our social media channels and update this post.
As part of the Supporters Summit, there will be the component of elections, just as there was last year. Though not required, nominees are encouraged to attend and meet with members and non-members.
Important things to note: in order to vote for the Board of Directors, an affiliated Supporters Group membership will be required, as well as the purchase of a non-expiring voting share. All information relating to the 2020 Wonderwall Board of Directors elections, voting, voting shares etc., can be found below.
Elections will commence at 9:00 AM Central following the 2020 Supporters Summit; you do not need to be present at the Supporters Summit in order to vote. Those who have purchased a voting share will be emailed a voting link. Elections will last for seven days, closing on February 7 at 11:59 PM. Winners of the elections will be notified on February 12 and the new Board of Directors members will be announced prior to the start of the season opener on March 1.
All votes will require the purchase of a membership voting share in accordance with our bylaws. Voting shares will be sold for $25, and are available for sale on the web store. There are 500 voting shares available. In addition to a voting share, one must be a member of an affiliated Supporters Group either through holding a season ticket in the Supporters Section at Allianz Field (sections 20-24), or through the purchase of an individual membership.
Those voting in the election will be required to provide their full name, mailing address and telephone number; this is legally required for the organization and we cannot offer exceptions. Those who wish not to share this information will not be allowed to vote in the elections.
Voting shares purchased this year will not expire and will entitle the shareholder to voting rights for future years. If you purchased a share in the 2019 elections, your voting share is still valid and there is no need to purchase another one. Each shareholder is entitled to one vote annually, regardless of the number of voting shares purchased.
The money collected from voting shares will continue to be used to further the mission of Wonderwall and their Supporters Groups, including to provide funding for supporters groups’ initiatives and funding match day components such as flags and tifo.
We will not be selling voting shares at the Supporters Summit, shares and memberships will need to be purchased prior to the end of the event, via the Wonderwall Web Store.
If you have any questions – please feel free to reach out to us via email.
Wonderwall is now seeking candidates via an open nominations process, for the 2020 Board of Directors To nominate yourself, simply fill out this form. The nominations period ends January 15, 2020, all nominations must be submitted prior to this date.
If you're wondering what it's like to be on the Board of Directors, or what tasks board members are focused on, please check out out this past year's organizational priorities.The Board of Directors guides decision making, policies and procedures of the Wonderwall organization and is very strategically focused. If you're looking to become more involved, or to participate in a particular aspect of Supporter Group culture (tifo, matchday, social media, etc) please send us an email and we can connect you with the appropriate people.
To nominate yourself, please complete this simple form. All candidates and candidate comments will be published prior to the election taking place. To learn more about Wonderwall, how it operates and its current Board of Directors, please visit the about us page. Board of Directors Elections will take place following the Supporters Summit which is scheduled for January 31, 2020 at Summit Brewery.
On Thursday, September 12, Wonderwall members and front office personnel for Minnesota United held a meeting about the team’s enforcement of the Major League Soccer (MLS) Fan Code of Conduct specifically seeking clarification on MLS’ ban on political language and behavior; and ensuring that a clear, effective and open channel of communication remains in place between the organization and its independent supporters.
During this meeting, the team clarified that MLS has banned Iron Front displays and large format images (flags, banners, tifo) and the ban does not extend to personal clothing or insignia, as initially understood. MNUFC will not prohibit or enforce the removal of Iron Front symbolism from individuals' clothing, in accordance with the rest of MLS Clubs.
Wonderwall will always support the rights of our affiliated supporters groups and individuals to express themselves freely on topics that they deem to be important. This includes the strenuous opposition to MLS' ban on the Iron Front symbol and their definition of political language which is supported by all affiliated SGs. We look forward to progress being made between Major League Soccer and the Independent Supporters Council during their discussions on September 19, 2019.
With the team back at Allianz Field this weekend, Wonderwall would like to remind everyone that threatening or abusive behavior of any kind will not be tolerated.
Can you believe it? We're over halfway through the 2019 MLS season, which means it is time for Season Ticket Holder Renewals. All 2019 season ticket holders opted-in to Auto-Renewal, which means if you're keeping your same tickets in our section you don't need to do anything. If you're looking to transfer your tickets to another section, or get rid of them altogether, please contact your representative to make these changes.
Key Dates for Season Ticket Renewals
As we go into Season Ticket Renewal time, it's important to note that you'll need to declare your affiliation (again) for the Supporters Group (SG) of your choice. For the 2020 season, we'll continue to use this data to determine how many membership scarves to produce. IMPORTANT NOTE for 2020 Season Ticket Holders: no affiliation = no scarf. In order to receive a membership scarf, you MUST select the Supporters Group of your choice inside your SeatGeek account. If you have a single account with multiple seats, requiring multiple affiliations - you will need to reach out to your MNUFC Season Ticket Representative; otherwise a single account with multiple seats, will all register under the same affiliation. All accounts must have declared their affiliation for 2020 by December 1, 2019 in order to receive a membership scarf.
Ex: PK Loon has twelve season tickets and selects Red Loons as their affiliate and does not contact their STH representative; therefore, all twelve tickets are affiliated to Red Loons.
Here's how to add a group, or more than one group, to your season ticket profile.
Our supporters groups sold a larger number of individual memberships than anticipated this year, and as a direct result we've run out of all the membership scarves available for our new members and season ticket holders. In order to get an accurate picture of the number of scarves we need to order for each Supporters Group (SG) we're asking for all season ticket holders in the supporters section to add the affiliated group, or groups, in their SeatGeek profile.
Here's how to add a group, or more than one group, to your season ticket profile.
Once this has been submitted, the offer notification will remain, but you do not need to affiliate again, unless your preference changes. NOTE: Membership receives this list on a periodic basis, so please don't alter affiliations often.
If you have any questions as to how this works, please email our membership team. If you're interested in purchasing season tickets in the supporters section, please email Ellen Kokes to learn more. If you're interested in purchasing an individual membership please visit our online store and note these orders will be fulfilled once we have restocked our scarf supply.
St. Paul, MN — Today Wonderwall, the parent organization of Minnesota United’s Supporters Groups has launched a mobile app for the iOS and Android platforms. Contained in this app are all the songs and chants the Supporters Groups (SGs) sing on matchday, a Matchday Guide, the latest Wonderwall news and information about each Supporters Group in Wonderwall.
“We are very excited about the application and encourage anyone interested in the MNUFC supporter community to download it,” said Abraham Opoti, Wonderwall President. “It’s a great way to learn much more than just what we’re chanting on matchday.”
The application was designed by David Pett, a MNUFC supporter, in conjunction with members of the Wonderwall Supporters Groups - Dark Clouds, Red Loons, True North Elite and Dark Glitterati.
To download the app for the iOS platform click here » http://wwall.mn/ios
To download the app for the Android platform click here » http://wwall.mn/android