Well I haven't been to Hooters but I have followed the Thunder/Stars out west, in part, by rail a few years back.
I took amtrack out to Portland where I was picked up by KJ, Bruce, Andy, Neal and our color commentator. We saw a match in Portland (great fans), headed north to Mt. St. Helens (great park,) and then on to Seattle (also great fans).
Everyone went on to Vancouver while I stayed on in Seattle and saw the Twins the next day with my brother and his buddies (great ballpark).
I'm not saying I'm doing a Stars road trip this year (USMNT in Sept and/or Oct looms) but here is a thought for a rail trip to Edmonton in April.
Take amtrack on Fri, April 20, from MSP to Shelby, MT (SBY). It costs $127 one way for reserved coach seator or lower level ("estimated"), leaves at 11:15 pm and arrives at Shelby on Sat., April 21, at 5:17 pm. 19 hours.
Rent car, pick up in Shelby upon arrival, and take I-15 north to border, then take Hy 4 to Lethbridge, then Hy 2 to Calgary, then on to Edmonton on Hy 2. Calgary to Edmonton is 182 miles. Should be able to make the match on time Sun.
Going back you could fly or take amtrack again. Train leaves at 11:43 am (tight for Mon, Tue would give a little time to do a bit of Jasper or Baniff Nat Parks or Glacier),arrives MSP at 7:05 am next day. Given drive, customs and dropping off car, I would suggest Tue.
Going out this would not be a party train given that alot of folks would be already asleep at 11:15 pm. Also, you could get a sleeper for two for an extra cost of $140 (probably one way but maybe round trip). Very cool and you get free meals and shower.
Finally, once you start thinking about the parks, the trip could get real long.