2019 Season Preview: Minnesota United

It's Year Three of the three-year plan in Minnesota ... and with Allianz Field set to open in April, the time is now for the Loons. 

The goal this offseason was simple: concede less goals. In their endeavor to fulfill that, Minnesota went out and signed central midfielder Jan Gregus as a DP, added defensive midfielder Ozzie Alonso, traded for Ike Opara, acquired former Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone and added Ligue 1 fullback Romain Metanire. 

Star players

Key acquisitions and departures

Projected Starting XI

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Team strengths and weaknesses

  • Strength: The three most important positions in MLS are center back, defensive mid, and attacking mid; the Loons might have top-five players in all three.
  • Weakness: It's not clear how their collection of talented players fits into a cohesive system, and systems tend to beat collections of talent in 2019.


  • Ben Baer: 7th in West
  • Calen Carr: 7th in West
  • Charlie Davies: 8th in West
  • Matt Doyle: 10th in West
  • Bobby Warshaw: 6th in West
  • Andrew Wiebe: 9th in West