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Minnesota United signs Reading keeper Vito Mannone on year-long loan

Vito Mannone looks on during Reading's Championship match against Blackburn Rovers.
Vito Mannone has joined Minnesota United on a season-long loan.

Minnesota United announced on Sunday that it has signed goalkeeper Vito Mannone on a season-long loan from Championship club Reading.

The 30-year-old former Italy U21 international is expected to supplant Bobby Shuttleworth as the Loons' No. 1, and allow No. 7 overall pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft and national champion at University of Maryland Dayne St. Clair to potentially go out on loan in search of first-team minutes.

"The most important thing is we have added another player who has vast...

Sporting Kansas City trades defender Ike Opara to Minnesota

Sporting Kansas City has traded former MLS Defender of the Year Ike Opara to Minnesota United for $900,000 in Targeted Allocation Money, which could reach $1 million if certain incentives are reached.

One source said that if Minnesota makes the playoffs, then the incentive will have been reached, adding to Sporting Kansas City's haul. The new playoff format approved by MLS for 2019 will see seven teams in each conference make the postseason.

The deal for the former MLS Defender of the Year could reach $1 million if certain incentives are reached.

"We've been laser-focused on adding starters in key positions...

FC Cincinnati selects UCLA's Frankie Amaya with top pick in MLS SuperDraft

Frankie Amaya, left, poses for a picture with MLS commissioner Don Garber after FC Cincinnati picked him No. 1 in the SuperDraft.
Frankie Amaya is the youngest player in this year's draft.

Expansion side FC Cincinnati selected UCLA midfielder Frankie Amaya No. 1 overall in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft on Friday.

"This is what I worked my whole life for," Amaya told at the draft in Chicago. "This is a crazy moment."

Amaya, 18, is the youngest player in the draft, but his upside is such that he's expected to adapt well to the professional game, even in a central playmaking role that is usually the domain of foreign players.

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Minnesota United signs former Seattle Sounders captain Osvaldo Alonso

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Minnesota United has picked up former Seattle Sounders captain Osvaldo Alonso off waivers, the club confirmed on Thursday.

In order to claim the 33-year-old, the Loons traded the fourth spot in Major League Soccer's waiver order as well as a second-round pick in the 2020 SuperDraft to Orlando City in exchange for the top spot in the waiver order and a pair of fourth-round picks in Friday's draft.

"We are bringing in one of the best, most competitive and tenacious defensive midfielders in the league,"...

Minnesota United signs Slovakia midfielder Jan Gregus to DP deal

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Minnesota United announced on Thursday that it has signed Copenhagen midfielder and Slovakia international Jan Gregus to a designated player contract.

The 27-year-old has spent the past two-plus seasons in the Danish Superliga, a competition he won in his maiden season with the club, in addition to the Danish Cup. He made 107 appearances for the Danish capital club, including campaigns in both the UEFA Champions League and Europa League.

Gregus has also played for his country on 22 occasions.