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Minnesota United announced Thursday evening that midfielder Miguel Ibarra has signed a contract extension. The 24-year-old, who was already signed for 2014, is entering his third professional season, with both of his previous years being played in a Minnesota shirt.
As is usual for United, terms, length, or useful information of any kind were not disclosed. It is rare for United to sign a deal that does not allow the team to get out of the contract each year, though, so one can only speculate how many years of team options this deal has attached to it.
Ibarra struggled in the first half of 2013, but a strong second half saw him named to the NASL Best XI for the season. He scored just one goal all year, after scoring five in 2012.
The end of the preseason
United's final match of the preseason will take place tomorrow - but not in its original location.
The team had originally hoped to play the University of Nebraska-Omaha tomorrow at the National Sports Center, on the stadium field, but despite the field being in good shape, it's currently buried under a foot of snow. Consequently, the friendly has been moved to Shattuck-St. Mary's, in Fairbault, in their domed fieldhouse. The game is at 5:30pm, and it's free and open to the public.
Ask your question
United's supporters group, the Dark Clouds, are holding a Town Hall meeting at Amsterdam Bar next Tuesday night, from 7-9pm. Fans, front-office personnel and United players will be in attendance; each will have a chance to speak, and fans will have a chance to ask questions and mingle and generally get to know others. It's an excellent chance for newer fans, who might not be well-versed in the team or its supporters culture, to learn something about what goes on with United.
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