Minnesota United FC has recently brought in offensive reinforcements including Romario Ibarra and Angelo Rodriquez. That said, the Loons are still in need of some defensive help. This article explores some of the possible defensive midfielders Minnesota United FC could look to pick up.
Sam Cronin manned the position quite well last season but is out indefinitely with concussion symptoms and may not return. With the signing of Colombian Angelo Rodriguez, Minnesota no longer has an open international slot. Unless they perform another transaction, their next will have to be a domestic player. These are the some of the d-mids with MLS experience that could be an ideal fit in the Twin Cities.
Defensive Midfielders With MLS Experience Minnesota United Should Target in the Summer Transfer Window
This may be unlikely due to the transfer demands but if the Loons were to acquire Cameron, it would elevate them out of the bottom half of the league into playoff contention. Our site has already gone in-depth about what adding Cameron could mean for the club. This signing makes more sense with Minnesota United only having one Designated Player spot open and no current international spots open.
This might be a bit of a long shot but after a public dispute with his coach in the last San Jose Earthquakes game, and he may be on his way out. It may cost the Loons some money or perhaps a forward but would be worth it in the long run. Alashe has been a good defensive midfielder in MLS so far in his career, as well as United States youth teams, and has room to improve.
Now plying his trade with San Antonio FC in USL, Mikey Lopez has been known to be a serviceable number six in MLS. He made 28 starts over the past two years on a pretty talented NYCFC squad. He may be looking to return to MLS after time in the USL. With him playing regularly in USL, this may be a quick fix for the Loons, as he may integrate into the squad faster than others
The defensive midfielder/center-back has yet to find a home since the Portland Timbers did not pick up his option for 2018. He has however been trying his luck in Europe. He recently trailed with SC Preußen Münster of the German third-tier in April. He is still only 27 years old and was a mainstay on USMNT youth teams. The talent is there, although he has had a hard time with injuries the past couple years. If he could overcome the injuries and return to the form he showed earlier in his career, this could be a great value signing for the Loons.
Edu is another talented player whose career has been hindered by injuries. Although his playing career may be on the downslope, he may still be able to contribute. There is still some MLS interest in him, with Los Angeles Football Club bringing him in on trial in the off-season. His salary may be an obstacle, however, with him being the second- highest paid player on the Philadelphia Union roster last year.
Minnesota United has already started off the transfer window with two big attacking signings. If they want to make a push towards the playoffs this year, the Loons will need to bring in more defensive reinforcements. Acquiring a serviceable defensive midfielder would be a major step towards postseason relevance.