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News in Brief: Johan Venegas Loaned to Saprissa, Wilfs Join MLS in Nashville, and More

by on 22 December 2017

Minnesota United offseason news

Amidst a flurry of trades and rumored signings across MLS, Minnesota United’s offseason moves continue quietly. The Loons announced this week that they’ve brought on a new goalkeeper coach John Pascarella. Other than filling an open position on the coaching staff, MNUFC has reached an agreement with Costa Rican club Deportivo Saprissa, sending midfielder Johan Venegas to his home country on a year-long loan.

Other than Venegas’s departure, rumors surfaced today that Minnesota United has joined the list of teams interested in New York Red Bull’s midfielder Sacha Kljestan and has made an offer for the playmaker.

MLS comes to Nashville

MLS Commissioner Don Garber announced at the Country Music Hall of Fame that Nashville would receive the first of four available MLS expansion teams. The investment group in Nashville will include Minnesota Vikings owners Mark, Zygi, and Leonard Wilf. The Wilfs, who will have a minority share in the team, have remained optimistic on the U.S. soccer market despite losing out the franchise previously awarded to Dr. Bill McGuire and his ownership group.

MLS announced in a statement today that more time will be taken to decide between the remaining three finalists of Cincinnati, Detroit, and Sacramento. An announcement for a second MLS expansion franchise is expected after the new year.

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