Former Loon Tiago Calvano made a public farewell to Minnesota on Wednesday afternoon via Instagram.
Obrigado Minnesota!! After an incredible three years in Minnesota, it is time for me to say goodbye. It was an honor to represent the club and a privilege to play in front of amazing fans that rivaled or exceeded my past clubs. A special thanks to the Dark Clouds who made every home game a memorable experience! In 2014, my family and I took a big step moving from Australia and started our “American Dream,” which became a reality when I received my US Green Card. Thank you to my agents Justin Stone and Damone Priestley who provided me with this great opportunity and being there throughout. I will never forget lifting the Spring NASL Championship, the honor of wearing the Captain’s armband and the memories with my teammates, staff and the fans. A special thanks to the Club and staff members who welcomed me and were always there to assist me. The Twin Cities will always be special to me and wish nothing but success for the club and community as it grows in Major League Soccer. I am happy to continue to play in America for two more seasons and will be announcing soon my new project. This is goodbye for now… but once a Loon, always a Loon! Tiago Calvano #5
Calvano joined Minnesota United FC in 2014 on a four-year contract. The center back had 25 starts that year and solidified his role in the back line. While he charmed fans off the pitch, he was known for having a fiery gameday personality and a knack for accumulating yellows. While in Minnesota, the Brazilian received his green card, freeing an international spot on the roster.
Though Calvano joined United as a trialist for the 2017 preseason, he wasn’t signed to an MLS contract. As the roster started taking shape with fresh faces and NASL holdovers, the Loons had to make a decision. Either they could pay out the remainder of his contract or renegotiate and roster him. Though his days in Minnesota were numbered, questions about Calvano’s future remained. With the announcement Wednesday, we know he’s not done playing in the U.S., but we will stay tuned to find out where.
Everyone at FiftyFive.One is thrilled for Calvano and wishes him the best wherever he’s headed next.
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