United Signs Minnesota-Born Finlay, Prepares for Month-Long Roadtrip

August 11, 2017 09:25 PM

On Wednesday's Major League Soccer trade deadline day, Minnesota United acquired Duluth-born and Marshfield, Wisconsin-raised winger Ethan Finlay from the Columbus Crew.

The 27-year-old has spent his entire 6-year pro career with Columbus, scoring 30 goals in 150 regular season games - one more in seven playoff games. He was named to the MLS "Best XI" in 2015.


Finlay was named to the U.S. Men's National Team in 2016 and appeared in three matches. 

In exchange for Finlay, United sent cash considerations to Columbus.

Click the video box on this page to hear United manager Adrian Heath and defender Jerome Thiesson discuss the team's upcoming roadtrip, lessons from their 4-0 defeat to Seattle and Thiesson's new outlook on life having recently become a father

“Ethan is a player with incredible energy, enthusiasm and drive,” said United head coach Adrian Heath. “I have been a big fan of his for a long time, he gets into pockets of space and is incredibly dangerous on the attack. Another huge plus for us is that he has been to finals in MLS and he has been at a club where they play a similar brand of football.

“Last but not least, the fact that he is from Duluth and knows where he is coming is huge, he wants to come to Minnesota. We are a different part of the world up here in Minnesota and he wants to come here, we didn’t have to sell anything to him, which speaks volumes.”

Finlay's signing comes a day after United signed goalkeeper Alex Kapp.

Kapp was drafted by Atlanta in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft. He previously played for the United States Under-17 national team. He had been working out with United for the last few weeks.

United is coming off a five-game homestand that saw them go 1-3-1 and fail to score in four of the five games.

Their next home game will be one month and four days after the last one, as they play their next two games on the road at Seattle and Chicago, keeping them away from TCF Bank Stadium until they host Philadelphia on September 9th.

United stand 10th in the MLS Western Conference, ten points out of the playoff race.


Chris Long

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