Coach Adrian Heath addressed a few news items at Minnesota United FC practice Tuesday at Bielenberg Sports Center.
First, the much-anticipated arrival of Swiss defender Jerome Thiesson. Thiesson, who will likely start at right-back for United, tweeted this Tuesday:
Heath said he is hoping Thiesson will be in town "in the next 48 hours."
"We're always in the hands of other people's countries," Heath said. "Can we get the [International Transfer Certificate] through? Has he got his passport? And everything."
As far as if Thiesson could play, should he arrive by Thursday, Heath said it's a possiblity.
"We'll assess his fitness later in the week, see how he is," Heath said.
While one player might be about to start his season, another is still a ways away from that. Midfielder Bernardo Anor, who endured a left hamstring injury back in late January when the team started its preseason training in Arizona, has a "nerve thing" in his leg, according to Heath, and will miss weeks, if not months, with the injury.
Anor, loaned to United from Sporting Kansas City ahead of last season, missed the majority of that North American Soccer League season with a broken ankle. He is currently on United's disabled list.