HOW ACQUIRED: Traded from CF Montréal for rights to 2020 SuperDraft draftee Andrew Booth; signed new contract Jan. 28, 2021
Raitala is an experienced left back who has played in the top leagues in the world. A regular starter since his arrival in MLS, the Finnish international will look to earn that spot in his first season with Minnesota United
INTERNATIONAL: Raitala’s senior national team debut came on February 4, 2009 in a friendly match for Finland against Japan. He's been capped 51 times and helped lead Finland to the 2020 UEFA European Championships, the nation's first appearance in the tournament. In June, 2011, he played in his first UEFA European Championship qualification match against San Marino. Prior to his senior experience, Raitala had also been part of the Finland youth system, representing his country at the U-17, U-19, and U-21 levels. At the U-21 level, he was a member of the Finnish team that qualified for the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. In 2009, he was named the Finland U-21 Player of the Year.
OUTSIDE MLS: During the 2016 season, he played for Sogndal IL in the Norwegian First Division, where he made 28 appearances, all starts, scoring one goal and providing five assists. Prior to joining Sogndal IL, Raitala made appearances for seven other clubs across Europe, including HJK Helsinki, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, SC Paderborn 07, Osasuna, SC Heerenveen, FC Vestsjælland, and Aalborg BK.