Minnesota United Targets Ghanaian Keeper Kwarasey

by on 21 December 2016

The same week Minnesota United were trading away keeper Jeff Attinella to the Portland Timbers, they had former Timbers keeper Adam Kwarasey visiting. The current Rosenborg keeper is in talks with Minnesota, but a deal has not yet been finalized.

Kwarasey plays internationally for Ghana, but was born in Oslo, Norway. He came to MLS in 2015 from Strømsgodset but was eventually usurped in his starting role by Jake Gleeson. Timbers sold Kwarasey to Rosenborg earlier in the year, but he only made nine appearances behind André Hansen.

There are still quite a few questions about the deal. It’s unclear at this point what sort of deal may happen for Kwarasey, whether it be a loan or a transfer fee. Kwarasey is not currently on the list of players subject to allocation. We asked Chris Rifer of and he explained that because the transfer was likely for less than $500k, he is not subject to allocation, but would instead be subject to discovery. Presumably, Minnesota United put him on their discovery list.

What is certain is that Kwarasey is in Minnesota at this time and in negotiations with the club.

Kwarasey is slated to join his Ghanaian compatriots in the 2017 African Cup of Nations that kicks off on January 17 in Gabon.

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  • Benjamin MacKenzie

    2 years ago, I profiled Kwarasey as a player to watch for the Black Stars: “Forget the fixation on Ghanaians born and raised in “traditional” soccer powers. Norweigean born and bred Adam Larsen Kwarasey has even more experience with European standards playing for Strømsgodset, and actually knows where to get the real lutefisk rather than that bland touristy stuff.”

    Clearly, this is an appropriate location for him, especially during the Holiday season.