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Minnesota United sign Slovak midfielder Jan Gregus as Designated Player

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Minnesota United FC announced on Thursday they have signed midfielder Jan Gregus as a Designated Player.

Gregus, 27, is a Slovak international who most recently played for Danish outfit FC Copenhagen.

“We are getting a really talented player who adds quality to an area of the field where we need to improve,” said MNUFC sporting director Manny Lagos in a team statement. “Jan has been playing very well for his club and his country and he has great intentions to lift our club. We believe he can be our anchor in the midfield. He is a technical player in the middle of the field who will be a connector both offensively and defensively. He’s the type of player that we need in order to continue the development of our roster and our club.”

Gregus began his pro career in his native country in 2009 for FC Nitra, before moving to Czech side Banik Ostrava, where he made nearly 100 appearances. He had a short loan stint at English side Bolton Wanderers, and played for another Czech club, Jablonec, before moving to Copenhagen, where he won a domestic double in 2016-17. He has featured in the UEFA Champions League.

The midfielder has 22 caps for the Slovak national team.

Minnesota have now filled all three Designated Player slots on their roster, with Gregus joining Darwin Quintero and Angelo Rodriguez.

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