Armchair Analyst: Roster build status for Minnesota United

Adrian Heath (left) and Manny Lagos (right) | via

The Offseason So Far: They cleared out a bunch of their depth players and Manny Lagos said...

With all three Designated Player (DP) spots unfilled and a new injection of Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) into the league, it's unclear when and how Minnesota will exercise their spending options. Previously, club officials have expressed confidence that at least one DP will be announced in 2018, but Lagos would not be pressed into assurances on when that might happen.

“We’re not going to put a timeline on that,” he said Friday at a team function.

Ooof. Ok, read the full story.

Minnesota showed they can be competitive without spending big last season, and they've got some good talent in important spots. They'll have another high draft pick, and Adrian Heath usually does good work with those. There are things to be excited about, and as Houston, Sporting and Columbus proved last year, you can win a lot without spending a lot.

But man, do those margins get thin.

JAN. 2 UPDATE: Other than shipping Johan Venegas to Saprissa... nothing.

They've got to find the coming weeks to figure out how to add quality and depth in defense across literally the entire backline. They could also stand to get a true playmaker into the fold, but beggars can't be choosers.


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