The Legends Club exists to permanently recognize players who have made a significant impact on the club.
“The Legends Club is about impact on and off the field. About being that special sort of player that defines a club…and finds that they are completely intertwined with the club in people’s memories.” – Dan Hoedeman, Club Co-Founder
Every year, fans are able to nominate players who are no longer active for the Legends Club. There is not a strict criteria for entry. Strict criteria has been unnecessary as each player selected has had a groundswell of support from fans, coaches and other players. These are the icons that define Minneapolis City Soccer Club.
ISAAC “GOOSE” FRIENDT
Andover, MN / Winger
Friendt burst onto the scene as a teenager in the club’s inaugural season and continued his fine run of form into the 2017 season, where he was City’s top goalscorer despite not playing as an out-and-out striker.
He scored a memorable goal against Sioux Falls Thunder that he turned into iconic with his goal celebration with The Citizens. He was already a fan favorite at the point. The celebration showed the joint admiration between player and supporters.
In 2018, Friendt was injured early in the second half of the home opener against Med City (his first game of the season). It was serious enough that he did not feature the rest of the season. And, sadly, the next year he suffered catastrophic complications from a surgery after an injury sustained while playing college soccer at DePaul University. His playing career was ended, but he would not be kept down: he joined the coaching staff while recovering.
MARTIN BROWNE, JR
Brooklyn Park, MN / Midfielder
Martin Browne joined the club in 2016 for the qualifying rounds of the U.S. Open Cup where he provided the assist for brother Whitney Browne to score the goal that made City the first Minnesota amateur club ever to qualify for the first round proper.
Then, he took the 2017 season by storm. That sweet left foot scored free kick after free kick. Every time he stood over the ball fans would chant “Marty Party”, sensing that the extraordinary would happen. Regularly, it did. Beyond that Browne was a technically gifted, visionary passer who lit up games.
He was an important part of the 2018 team that went undefeated on the way to the NPSL North Conference title. Playing in a deeper role, his ability to find space anywhere on the pitch and wonderful knack for picking a pass meant that he continued to impress. He won a second North Conference crown with the club in 2019.
Minnetonka, MN / Midfielder
Beloved by players, coaches, and fans alike, Wexler was a special player. He was in the Starting XI for the club’s first-ever game, away to Milwaukee Bavarians, where he famously wore the strangest goatee to loosen up the team. It worked, with the Crows earning a 0-0 draw against the USASA National Cup finalists. He finished 2016 as a Team of the Year selection.
His good form continued into 2017. Explosive on the dribble, with great positional sense, and ability to bring others into play, Wexler on the ball demanded that you pay attention. He was a key player in the club’s U.S. Open Cup qualifying runs, playing every minute in 2016 and 2017.
Off the ball he was important, too. A leader in the clubhouse, Wexler coined the phrase “the Brotherhood” that defined the club’s successes, including the 2018 and 2019 NPSL North Conference titles. It makes sense that the phrase originated with him. He was a big reason why “the Brotherhood” existed.
Wexler’s City career ended with a dogged, veteran performance in the NPSL Midwest Semifinal against Detroit City FC.
Portland, OR / Forward
Tim Wills moved to Minnesota for college. When he graduated from Carleton, at the time the school’s all-time leading goalscorer and points leader, he decided to stick around.
What set Wills apart was his awareness of, and ability to get into, pockets of space. He seemed to be playing a different game at times, popping up here and there to move the ball on, bring people into play and, yes, to score goals.
Used sparingly in 2016 and 2017, a strong performance in the U.S. Open Cup qualifying rounds in the fall of 2017 put Wills in pole position for the 2018 NPSL season. He responded with gusto. He scored 6 goals in 14 games but, more than that, was the lynchpin for the whole attack as City led the entire country in scoring on the way to an undefeated season and a conference title.
He was similarly important in 2019, chipping in with a goal every third game and helping amplify the attack as City retained the conference title.