The SuperDraft concluded yesterday with rounds three and four. Having traded its third-round pick to Colorado in December for Joseph Greenspan, Minnesota United had just one draft pick left. The club used it to nab Big Ten Midfielder of the Year Tanner Thompson. If the name sounds a little familiar, it’s probably because he’s the big brother of San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Tommy Thompson.
Thank you @MNUFC for this wonderful opportunity to continue my soccer career. Can't wait to get to MN and start training!
— Tanner Thompson (@tthomps7) January 18, 2017
With plenty of room left on the Loons’ roster, announcements on who won’t be filling them sometimes seem to come faster than who will. In today’s installment, we say good-bye to Ben Speas.
— Ben Speas (@BenSpeas17) January 17, 2017
We also let go of dreams we had of picking up Steve Clark. Many fans were eyeing Clark as a possible keeper for the Loons, but he’s heading to Denmark.
— Patrick Guldan (@GuldanMR) January 17, 2017
What was widely reported earlier is finally official: the MNUFC broadcast team for the 2017 season will be Callum Williams (play-by-play), Kyndra de St. Aubin (color), and former Loon Jamie Watson (sideline). Williams and de St. Aubin have extensive experience in their roles and Watson has shown a natural talent in front of the camera and is a familiar voice to KFAN listeners. He had some thoughts to share about the transition from player to reporter.
— Jamie Watson (@jamiewatson77) January 17, 2017