Minnesota United is set to sign Columbus Crew SC midfielder Ethan Finlay, a source close to the club confirmed Tuesday. United will acquire Finlay, a Duluth native, in return for general and targeted allocation money.
The 27-year-old was raised in Wisconsin, but the source said he turned down offers from other big-name clubs in order to return close to home. Finlay, 27, has played for Columbus since the club selected him 10th overall in the 2012 SuperDraft.
This season, he has played 19 matches with 14 starts, scoring one goal and one assist. Overall, he's played 150 matches with 102 starts, recording 30 goals and 30 assists.
Finlay started and played 90 minutes in United's 1-0 loss to Columbus on July 4 at TCF Bank Stadium.
He also played collegiately at Creighton and was a Major League Soccer All-Star and Best 11 member in 2015. He has also played for the U.S. national team three times.
Finlay will be the fifth addition for United during this secondary transfer window, which closes Wednesday. He joins Scottish winger Sam Nicholson, New Zealand defender Michael Boxall, goalkeeper Alex Kapp and forward Brandon Allen, who is on loan from the New York Red Bulls.
Kapp, a 22-year-old New York native, has been training with the team for the past several weeks and is now on the reserve roster, the Loons said.
Wolves add guard
Marcus Georges-Hunt, a former Georgia Tech guard who played briefly for Orlando last season, has agreed to a non-guaranteed contract with the Timberwolves.
Georges-Hunt, 23, played in five games for the Magic. He played most of the season for Maine in the D-League (now G-League).
Saints top Gary
Tony Thomas hit an RBI single in the fifth and a clinching two-run homer in the seventh for the visiting Saints in a 6-4 victory over the Gary SouthShore RailCats. Jeff Malm got the victory with 3⅓ scoreless innings of relief.
•Maple Grove's Sarah Burnham shot a second-round 3-under-par 69 that left her seven strokes off the lead at the U.S. Amateur at San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista, Calif. Burnham, a state champion at Wayzata High School, is at 2-under 142. France's Shannon Aubert is at 135 after a second-round 66, four strokes clear of her nearest competitor.
• North Dakota State was No. 2 in the FCS preseason coaches' poll to defending champion James Madison, which received 20 of 26 first-place votes.