Minnesota United trades for defender Ike Opara

Colorado Rapids midfielder Jack McBean, right, controls the ball in front of Sporting Kansas City defender Ike Opara, left, during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Kansas City, Kan., Saturday, May 5, 2018. Photo: Associated Press
Colorado Rapids midfielder Jack McBean, right, controls the ball in front of Sporting Kansas City defender Ike Opara, left, during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Kansas City, Kan., Saturday, May 5, 2018.

January 28, 2019 09:01 PM

Minnesota United acquired talented defender Ike Opara in a trade with Sporting Kansas City on Monday.

Opara, 29, joins the Loons after six seasons in Kansas City. In 2017 he was named the Defender of the Year and made the MLS Best XI team.

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"We've added a player who has challenged for U.S. Open Cup, Supporters Shield and MLS Cup virtually ever year," Loons Head Coach Adrian Heath. "He won't accept anything other than winning."

MNUFC traded away $900,000 in Targeted Allocation Money and up to $100,000 in future TAM considerations to Kansas City.

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