In the first of a series of moves that will reshape their roster, Minnesota United announced Tuesday that it has extended Woodbury's own Brent Kallman's contract through 2020.
A defender who turned 28 in October, Kallman started 22 of 24 games this past season. He has been with the organization for all of his pro career, since 2013. He became the first Minnesotan to sign when it moved to MLS in 2017.
According to players' salaries leaguewide updated last month by the MLS Players Association, Kallman earned $82,500 in base salary and total compensation of $85,792.
In a team statement announcing the move, he called himself "proud" and "excited" to sign an extension with the team as it heads to the opening of Allianz Field in St. Paul starting this coming season.
Expect the Loons to make many roster decisions in the coming week that will eventually reshape the roster by as many as a dozen players while the team builds around a core that includes designated players Darwin Quintero and Angelo Rodriguez.
The next time Kallman and the Loons play a home game, it'll be at their new soccer-specific stadium that Kallman sees every time he drives the freeway east to see family and friends.
"It's on the way to Woodbury for me," Kallman said at season's end last month. "I go back to see family and I see it. It's awesome, especially at night."
Asked what will be different the next time he plays at home, Kallman said then, "Grass, and we'll have a permanent home. It'll be our place. It will be home. It will be an awesome atmosphere."