✔  Five key new additions for Minnesota United

GOALKEEPERS
No.
Name
Name/Hometown
Age
Hgt.
Wgt.
Hometown
1
Vito Mannone
30
6-2
170
Desio, Italy
✔  He’s United’s only player with English Premier League experience, 82 games over a decade with Sunderland and Arsenal, which signed him at age 17. “It’s always nice to come with a new club,” he said. “This one is different for me, different culture, different kind of football. I’ll bring whatever I learned in my career and hopefully I can help the guys.” 
33
Bobby Shuttleworth
31
6-2
205
Tonawanda, N.Y.
97
Dayne St. Clair
21
6-3
165
Pickering, Ontario

 

DEFENDERS
No.
Name
Name/Hometown
Age
Hgt.
Wgt.
Hometown
15
Michael Boxall
30
6-2
200
Auckland, New Zealand
5
Francisco Calvo
26
5-11
170
San Jose, Costa Rica
31
Hassani Dotson
31
5-11
170
Federal Way, Washington
77
Chase Gasper
23
6-0
185
Alexandria, Virginia
14
Brent Kallman
28
6-2
190
Woodbury
2
Carter Manley
22
5-11
170
Elkridge, Maryland
19
Romain Metanire
28
5-10
159
Metz, France
✔  United coach Adrian Heath praises his fitness and says he has been what was expected, if not more: competitive, athletic, good in both boxes and loves to attack from the right-back position. “He’s going to attack more,” left back Francisco Calvo said. “Sometimes I go and feel like I’m a striker because I try to score. Romain, he shows in a few days he’s going to help us a lot.”
4
Eric Miller
26
6-0
175
Woodbury
22
Wyatt Omsberg
22
6-4
180
Scarborough, Maine
3
Ike Opara
30
6-2
180
Durham, North Carolina
✔  Acquired from Sporting K.C., the 2017 MLS Defender of the Year provides a physical presence. Said Heath, “His athleticism to get out of trouble, you don’t realize it until you actually see it yourself … Our goals-against column has been there for everybody to talk about, and we have to do something about that. We’ve upgraded to do that.”

 

MIDFIELDERS
No.
Name
Name/Hometown
Age
Hgt.
Wgt.
Hometown
6
Osvaldo ‘Ozzie’ Alonso
33
5-11
155
San Cristobal, Cuba
✔  Ten years in MLS and four times an All-Star, all in Seattle, where he is beloved. United maneuvered to acquire him on waivers. “We know what we’ve got,” United coach Adrian Heath said. “When you look at the top people at his position, is he in the top two or three? I would think so. For us, it’s a big pickup.”
Sam Cronin
32
5-10
165
Atlanta
13
Ethan Finlay
28
5-9
165
Marshfield, Wis.
8
Jan Gregus
28
6-3
170
Nitra, Slovakia
✔  United’s third and final designated player, acquired from Copenhagen FC, where he said time had come to move on. A long-distance scoring threat who’s also a free-kick and set-piece specialist. His height (he’s 6-3) helps defend them, too. “He has played on a big stage at a high level,” teammate Ethan Finlay said. “Guys like that hit the ground running in MLS.”
10
Miguel Ibarra
28
5-6
145
Lancaster, Calif.
11
Romario Ibarra
24
5-9
169
Atuntaqui, Ecuador
17
Collin Martin
24
5-11
150
Chevy Chase, Md.
18
Kevin Molino
28
5-8
155
Carenage, Trinidad and Tobago
25
Darwin Quintero
31
5-5
142
Tumaco, Columbia
20
Rasmus Schuller
27
5-10
148
Espoo, Finland

 

FORWARDS
No.
Name
Name/Hometown
Age
Hgt.
Wgt.
Hometown
99
Abu Danladi
23
5-10
170
Takoradi, Ghana
9
Angelo Rodriguez
29
5-11
176
Isla de San Andres, Columbia
23
Mason Toye
20
6-3
180
South Orange, N.J