First-time Americans

Seven of Minnesota United’s 26 players are living in the U.S. for the first time.

Name Position Age Hometown Family status

John Alvbage goalkeeper 34 Gothenburg, Sweden wife, three children back in Sweden

Francisco Calvo defender 24 San Jose, Costa Rica wife, five months’ pregnant, with him

Vadim Demidov defender 30 Riga, Latvia (grew up in Norway) wife and 8-month-old son with him

Bashkim Kadrii midfielder 25 Copenhagen, Denmark here alone

Rasmus Schuller midfielder 25 Espoo, Finland here alone

Jerome Thiesson defender 29 Zurich, Switzerland wife, six months’ pregnant, with him

Johan Venegas midfielder 28 Puerto Limon, Costa Rica wife, 1-month-old with him