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Training Report: United’s Chris Klute Looks to Hit “Full Throttle”

by on 16 September 2016

Last week, Minnesota United brought in full back Chris Klute on a loan from the Portland Timbers. Now in his second week with the club, he’s ready to carve out a place in the squad for the NASL season’s home stretch.

A veteran of 79 MLS matches since 2013, Klute was brought in to shore up a backline that’s been hit by injuries over the course of the 2016 campaign. A true two-way player, Klute figures to be a solid complement to incumbent fullbacks Justin Davis and Kevin Venegas as well as Jeb Brovsky, who’s filled in out wide during Venegas’s absence.

Klute’s biggest asset may very well be his pace. Ben Speas (who played with Klute in Columbus last season) says it can really change a game. “He’s one of the fastest players I’ve played with. His closing speed is crazy. He’s a good defender, and I think he can be effective with us.”

Here’s a taste of what Klute can do. Capable with the ball, Klute gets past his mark to lob in a cross. He has the awareness to pick a defender’s pocket while they’re settling a ball, getting the ball back in the box to create another chance.

“I can bring experience to the club,” Klute said after Friday’s training. “I’ve been in MLS and have played against some of the bigger names. Just focusing on our knowledge, communication. I’m looking to get back to full throttle, just kinda put it to the pedal. I want to be able to play consistently again and get in the mix.”

Klute isn’t a stranger to NASL play, having been with the late Atlanta Silverbacks for 12 matches in 2012. He recognizes that the league has stepped up a level since then, saying that “there’s better quality, better organization across the league” over the past four seasons. Although he’s a left back primarily, he mostly played on the right during his time in Columbus.

“Ultimately, I just want to be consistent going forward and also being a good defender. It seems like outside backs in America — in MLS and NASL — are focused on going forward. That’s the biggest thing for me as far as standing out. I’ll play wherever the coach needs me out there.”

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