Minnesota United FC announced Tuesday that it has signed midfielder Lance Laing, a three-time NASL Best XI selection. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Laing, 27, played the past three seasons in Edmonton. He has played in the NASL since the modern-era league formed in 2011. He is tied for 15th in all-time goals and tied for third in assists.
"We're excited to get a player that we've played against for many years in the NASL," said Sporting Director Manny Lagos. "Seeing his growth from when he was at Fort Lauderdale [his first NASL team] to last season in Edmonton gives us the belief that he will continue to grow and excel. As a player, he always presented us with challenges to play against and we're just really excited to have a player like that on the roster."
Laing, a Jamaican native, has made several appearances for the Jamaican national team during his career. He most recently played in the 2015 Copa America, helping Jamaica to a second-place finish behind Mexico.
Laing began his professional career in 2007 when he signed for Harbour View FC in the Jamaican top flight league. After three seasons with the club, Laing moved to second division Jamaican side Village United FC.
With the addition of Laing, the 2016 Loons roster will have six of the 2015 NASL Best XI winners. The others are Kevin Venegas, Justin Davis, Ibson, Stefano Pinho and Christian Ramirez.
United signed Pinho on Dec. 3. He scored 16 goals for Fort Lauderdale this past season to lead the NASL.
Junior forward Hudson Fasching of the Gophers was named the Big Ten third star of the week. He scored three goals in a split at Michigan last weekend.
It is the fifth career Big Ten weekly honor for Fasching and the first for the junior forward this year.
The Wolverines' Kyle Connor was named the conference first star of the week. He had five goals and an assist against the Gophers.
• St. Cloud State's Kalle Kossila, a senior forward from Finland, was named the NCHC offensive player of the week after scoring five goals in the Huskies' 5-2, 6-2 sweep at Denver while teammate Ethan Prow, a senior defenseman from Sauk Rapids, was named the defensive player of the week. He had four assists and was a plus-5 against the Pioneers. North Dakota's Cam Johnson was named the goalie of the week after back-to-back 3-0 shutouts at Minnesota Duluth. He stopped 78 shots.
• Goalie Shelby Amsley-Benzie and forward Vilma Tanskanen of North Dakota were named the WCHA's defensive player and rookie of the week and forward Lara Stadler of UMD the offensive player. Amsley-Benzie shut out then-No. 1 Wisconsin 3-0 and 0-0. Tanskanen had a goal and was a plus-1 against the Badgers. Stadler had three goals and four assists as the Bulldogs swept Ohio State 4-2, 5-2.