Minnesota United FC – MLS Team Preview 2019

Minnesota United FC - MLS Team Preview 2019

Minnesota United FC - MLS Team Preview 2019

Minnesota United played its first season in the MLS back in 2017, after replacing the North American Soccer League franchise of the same name. Looking at how Minnesota United performed last season, they finished 10th in the Western Conference and 18th overall with 11-20-3 record and 36 points.

 

Head Coach: Adrian Heath

Arguably one of the most skilled MLS coaches in history. In his career as a soccer player, he played for Stoke, Everton, Espanyol, Aston Villa, Manchester City, Burnley and Sheffield United. As for his coaching career, Heath took over Burnley in 1996, coaches Sheffield United, was the caretaker of Coventry City, coached Austin Aztex and Orlando City until he was signed by Minnesota United in 2017. In his career as a manager, he has won the USL Pro League with Orlando City in 2011 and 2013. In addition, he has won the USL Pro Commissioner’s Cup in 2011, 2012 and 2014 with the same team. Due to his exceptional achievements with Orlando City, Adrian Heat received the USL Pro Coach of the Year reward in 2011 and 2012.

 

Transfers

DateNameMoving fromMoving toMode of Transfer
January 17, 2019 Bertrand OwundiMinnesota United Forge FCFree
December 20, 2018 Matt LampsonMinnesota UnitedLA GalaxyRe-Entry Draft
January 15, 2019 Jérôme ThiessonMinnesota United Rapperswil-JonaFree
January 30, 2019 Marc BurchMinnesota United Memphis 901Free
December 20, 2018 Ján Greguš CopenhagenMinnesota UnitedTransfer
February 10, 2019 Vito Mannone ReadingMinnesota UnitedLoan
January 25, 2019 Romain Métanire ReimsMinnesota UnitedTransfer
January 10, 2019 Osvaldo AlonsoSeattle SoundersMinnesota UnitedWaivers
January 28, 2019 Ike OparaSporting Kansas CityMinnesota UnitedTrade
January 11, 2019 Dayne St. Clair Maryland TerrapinsMinnesota UnitedSuperDraft
February 16, 2019 Chase Gasper Maryland TerrapinsMinnesota UnitedSuperDraft
February 16, 2019 Hassani Dotson Oregon State BeaversMinnesota UnitedSuperDraft

 

Expectations for the 2019 season

Minnesota United biggest issue last season was their defence, which conceded 71 goals, 2nd most in the whole league. Of course, with bad defence, it’s hard to expect the offensive players to do much, and well they didn’t, as they only scored 49 goals. Coming into this season, Minnesota has added Mannone, Opara, Alonso and Greguš to their squad which will have an effect on both ends of the field. The strengthened defence and the addition of good passers will provide the much-needed support for the offensive which Minnesota didn’t have in 2018 season.