It’s back! After taking a season off to work on other projects, we are back with the 2017 edition of The Complete Darkness. Like the editions before it, The Complete Darkness chronicles a year of Minnesota United FC. In 2017, Minnesota United FC moved from the lower divisions of American soccer to Major League Soccer. […]
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In January 2016, Byline Press will publish their second annual review of the Minnesota United FC season. It will feature profiles of Miguel Ibarra and Christian Ramirez, an inside look at the how the stadium deal got done by Brian Quarstad, a eulogy for the Sweetwater by Bruce McGuire, and exclusive analysis of statistics that […]
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Byline Press publishes the stories of American soccer.
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We published The Complete Darkness 2014: An Annual Review of Minnesota United FC in January 2015. The first annual The Complete Darkness looks back at each match, each player, and the news of the year. We get an up-close and personal look at Assistant Carl Craig, insight into how the Loons built a Brazilian contingent, […]
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ABOUT US

In 2014 we began researching and writing a book about Minnesota United FC’s season. The idea was simple: to create a venue for the long-form stories in and around the team that couldn’t be found in the newspaper or online. Though it provides a snapshot of each match we wanted more than just an almanac. And so, in 2015 we published The Complete Darkness with news that had never been published, stories that had never been told, and data that had not been seen outside training rooms.

Byline Press was born out of a desire to fill the negative space of American soccer storytelling. American soccer fans are rabid and voracious readers out of necessity; we never see our teams on TV and at times we have to pray for our local newspapers to give them inches. We turned to the internet, started blogs, and developed networks over twitter. But these virtual spaces have a natural limit in their story-telling abilities. Our books are written to tell the stories that cannot be told elsewhere and to give readers the long pause of finally being able to pour over one, long story rather than desperately searching for the next link. Our goal is to partner with those fans and with the writers in soccer markets throughout the US and Canada.

  • Who We Are

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    Bill Stenross

    Bill Stenross is the CFO and manager of Byline Press. Among other projects, he started The Loon Call, a website dedicated to Minnesota soccer.
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    Wes Burdine

    Wes Burdine is Byline Press’ publisher and editor of FiftyFive.One. He has a PhD in English literature and has written about soccer for the MLSSoccer.com, Howler Magazine, Growler Magazine, and a number of other publications that do not rhyme with Owler. He is also the host of the FiftyFive.One podcast.
  • Recent News

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    Dec04

    The Complete Darkness 2017

    It’s back! After taking a season off to work on other projects, we are back with the 2017 edition of The Complete Darkness. Like the editions before it, The Complete Darkness chronicles a year of Minnesota United FC. In 2017, Minnesota United FC moved from the lower divisions of American soccer to Major League Soccer. […]
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    Nov17

    The Complete Darkness 2015

    In January 2016, Byline Press will publish their second annual review of the Minnesota United FC season. It will feature profiles of Miguel Ibarra and Christian Ramirez, an inside look at the how the stadium deal got done by Brian Quarstad, a eulogy for the Sweetwater by Bruce McGuire, and exclusive analysis of statistics that […]
  • Submissions and Contacts

    We founded Byline Press to tell the stories of American soccer that seemed to have no forum. Currently, we are looking for writers and photographers in New York, Seattle, Kansas City, and Indianapolis. Send any queries and pitches to wes@bylinepress.com.