Jon Marthaler: Familiar face returning to United FC

  • Updated: February 20, 2014 - 11:31 PM

Minnesota United is bringing back a familiar face. Midfielder Jamie Watson, who played for the club in late 2012, will be returning to Minnesota for the 2014 season.

Watson, who was on loan from Orlando City for his eight-game stretch in Minnesota, has long been a figure of fun to Minnesota’s die-hard fans. The Dark Clouds have for years taunted any opposing player deemed a bit too unsteady on his feet with the song, “You dive like Jamie Watson!”, a reference to several of Watson’s wobbly experiences against Minnesota.

The Dark Clouds always hang up flags at the back of the stands, one for the nationality of each non-American player on the roster; when Watson signed, they got hold of the nautical flag for “diving” and hung it up among the rest. To his credit, Watson took the ribbing in the fun spirit it was intended; when he scored his only goal in Minnesota, he ran over to the fans, and celebrated by pretending to swan-dive into the turf.

“Their heads are going to explode when they have me and Pablo Campos [on] the same team,” said Watson. “They’re going to have to rewrite a bunch of chants and cheers.”

SoccerCentric: startribune.com/sports

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