Minnesota United is on the brink of signing another attacking player.
Bashkim Kadrii, a 25-year-old winger currently with FC Copenhagen in Denmark’s top division, could become the next Scandinavia-area player in the Loons’ collection within a matter of days, according to coach Adrian Heath, who called the process to lock down the Dane “ongoing.”
“We’re actively trying to push that along to see if we can get it over the line or not,’’ Heath said. “We want an answer in the next day or so if we can, and we’d do it. If we can’t, then we’ll move on to other options.”
Kadrii first joined Copenhagen in 2014 but injuries have limited his playing time substantially. He has also played for Denmark’s youth national teams and once for the senior side.
He would bring competition to the wings where United’s former NASL star Miguel Ibarra and new signing Johan Venegas both play.
Encouraging first preseason game
Heath said he was a little apprehensive ahead of United’s first preseason game with New England Revolution in Casa Grande, Ariz., on Tuesday. How would his new team stack up against an established Major League Soccer group?
It ended in a 1-1 draw, courtesy of a 39th minute goal from United trialist midfielder Eugene Starikov and a late equalizer from Revs’ forward Kei Kamara. Heath said he felt encouraged by the commitment, enthusiasm and desire his players showed.
Every player saw between 30 and 60 minutes of playing time except for a few “who people would expect to be starters,” Heath said.
Among those few: Venegas, defender Francisco Calvo, midfielder Rasmus Schuller and midfielder Kevin Molino. Venegas and Calvo just joined camp at Grande Sports World from national team duty with Costa Rica while Schuller and Molino are also new additions to camp, making their way from their former clubs. Midfielder Bernardo Anor also sat out again, as he did the intrasquad scrimmage Saturday, with a left hamstring injury.
“There are a couple of things that came out of the day. A, we’ve got a lot of work to do,” Heath said. “But B, we have got a lot of talent to work with.”