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Loons Acquire Young Defender Joe Greenspan

by on 11 December 2016

Minnesota United announced today that the club traded their third-round SuperDraft pick in exchange for defender Joe Greenspan from the Colorado Rapids

Greenspan entered the league in 2015 as the 26th overall pick in the SuperDraft and started two games early on for the Rapids, but was later unable to make his way on the pitch. The 24-year-old defender started the 2016 MLS season on-board a Navy ship in San Diego. After returning to the Rapids, Greenspan had short loan stints with the Colorado Springs Switchbacks and Charlotte Independence.

Expansion clubs rarely find starting talent in the third round, making this a smart gamble for a Loons squad with more than a few spots to fill. The selection provides a young defender option for the club but certainly won’t stop them from taking defenders in Tuesday’s Expansion Draft.

MLS columnist Matthew Doyle praised the trade shortly after it was announced:

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  • Alex Schieferdecker

    We come on the sloop Joe G,
    Adrian, Manny, and me.
    Around Midway town we did roam.

    Defendin’ all night.
    Got into a fight.
    So many plays he breaks up,
    We love you Joe.

  • Jake Rueter

    I don’t really know much about Joe, but I bet he’s way better than whoever we would have taken in the 3rd round.