Loons Add Experienced Defender Vadim Demidov

by on 10 January 2017

Minnesota United FC announced on Tuesday the signing of centerback Vadim Demidov with targeted allocation money (TAM). Last week, we reported on the Loons’ strong interest in the veteran.

Demidov, a thirty year-old naturalized Norwegian (born to Russian parents in modern-day Latvia), will bring to Minnesota an extensive European CV and a reputation for tenacity and leadership. Starting as a teenager, Demidov worked his way up through the Norwegian system. Eventually, he earned a move to league giants Rosenborg, where he would play three seasons. During this time, he earned his first caps with the Norwegian national team. His success drew the eye of clubs in top European leagues. He spent several years in Spain with Real Sociedad and Celta Vigo, and in Germany with Eintracht Frankfurt. Most recently, Demidov found a home in SK Brann. He was injured when the team was shockingly relegated in 2014, but stuck with the club and led their immediate promotion in 2015. He then skipped Brann to a second place Tippeligaen finish in 2016 as the team captain.

For Minnesota, Demidov comes with top billing. Our article on Demidov’s potential signing led to several Norwegian fans to reach out and share with us their local scouting report. Demidov was praised as a leader, a quick thinker, and a fighter, who would seem a natural partner to the less experienced but athletically gifted Francisco Calvo. The Loons, it seems, have found their first choice center-back pairing.

At 30, Demidov is the oldest player currently on Minnesota United FC’s roster. He is the twelfth player signed by Minnesota United FC in advance of their inaugural season. He figures to use the fourth of eight possible international slots. As usual, terms of the deal were not disclosed by the club.

On Friday, the club will add several younger players to the roster in the MLS SuperDraft.

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  • John Herman

    Demidov/Calvo 2017.

    If you asked me to describe my ideal center back pairing, it would look an awful lot like these two.

    • Almontanello

      Good center back pairing
      but what about the experienced goalkeeper?

      • John Herman

        Just snag Steve Clark or whichever of the many interchangeable MLS goalies is still available as a free agent.

        It’s not a sophisticated view but I’m not sure there’s a lot to be gained by putting energy into a more elaborate approach.

        • Tyler Gilboe

          YES! Steve Clark would do BRILLIANTLY behind these two.

  • sehanson14147

    Isn’t it the 5th international spot? Venegas/Calvo (Costa Rica), Saeid (Sweden), Hollinger-Janzen (Benin), and Demidov (Norway)?

    • Jamie C

      Hollinger-Janzen won’t take an international spot. He was adopted by a family from Indiana when he was 6.

      • sehanson14147

        Thank you!

  • J_Bounds

    Why was TAM required to sign Demidov?