Following in the vein of last season's mid-summer international friendly against Mexican club Atlas, Minnesota United announced Friday it will face Costa Rican side Deportivo Saprissa at 7 p.m. July 11 at TCF Bank Stadium.
Saprissa, the former club of Loons' team captain Francisco Calvo, recently won the top league in Costa Rica. Currently, Loons' midfielder Johan Venegas is on loan there, and he scored five goals in the regular season.
Saprissa is doing a bit of an American tour for its preseason, as it will also face the Columbus Crew on July 3. In last season's exhibition against Atlas, a 1-1 draw, United fielded a mainly reserve lineup.
Other notes from practice Friday:
It looked like beyond the long-term injured and such, just outside back Jerome Thiesson was working separately. He ran on the sideline to rehab his groin injury. Matt Lampson was also back working full-on with the goalkeepers after his knee injury. There are also two new guys training with the team, a goalkeeper and a field player. I am in the works of figuring out who they are lmao.
Since the field players are practicing approximately 26485 miles away from the media corner of the practice field, here’s some #MNUFC goalkeeper action. Matt Lampson is back training after his knee injury. pic.twitter.com/f6h8JOTnry— Megan Ryan (@theothermegryan) June 1, 2018