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Loon leaving Chase Gasper at LA Galaxy, working towards business

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Minnesota United are in advanced talks to trade left back Chaz Gasper to the Los Angeles Galaxy, a source confirmed to Pioneer Press.

Tom Bogart of MLSsoccer.com was the first to report the structure of the business.

The Loons were working on the transaction as the primary transfer window closed on Wednesday and details about the return compensation are not yet known. The club consulted with Gaspar as the 26-year-old defender re-established himself after spending a month in a substance abuse treatment program in Southern California.

Minnesota has received inquiries about Gaspar over the years, including from Norwegian side Viking, but the MNUFC signed him for a new four-year liaison last September. Yet this week the calls kept pouring in for the left-footer.

Independent of Gaspar’s off-the-field issues, in mid-April the Loons were able to secure left-back Kemar Lawrence, an MLS Best XI talent the club had sought for years. Lawrence’s arrival and inclusion in the starting lineup made the club more open to Gaspar’s business if he wanted a fresh start. Gaspar, who played collegiate football for three years at UCLA, agreed, Pioneer Press understands.

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Gaspar, 26, spent a month at the Cliffside Malibu Substance Treatment Center from mid-March to mid-April after voluntarily entering MLS’s substance abuse and behavioral health program.

After being reinstated, Gaspar spoke to reporters on April 19 and wanted to demystify issues related to “anxiety, depression and addiction”. He said he had suffered from lull for almost eight years and had “reached a climax.”

“I can’t thank everyone enough, this club, all my teammates, the coaches, all the staff, especially the fans. I felt all their love and support and it helped me through a very important time, a difficult time in my life. Helped me,” Gasper told reporters. “It means the world will be back here with the family I love and excited to be back on the field.

Gaspar played 5,411 minutes in 63 matches for Minnesota since 2019, but he did not appear in an MLS game for the club in 2022. Since his rehab, Gaspar has played in the MNUFC developmental team and US Open Cup game in Madison. He was an unused sub in Sunday’s 2-0 loss to LAFC.

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The departure of Gaspar broke the Loons’ highly successful draft class of 2019, which included goalkeeper Dene St Clair and midfielder Hasani Dotson. Minnesota drafted Gasper that year with the 15th overall pick and became a starter in June 2019 and remained a mainstay until 2021.

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The club’s new developmental team Minnesota United 2 made their first international signing in Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday, attacking midfielder Molick Khan. The 18-year-old made his debut for his country’s men’s national team in January in a friendly against Bolivia. … MNUFC2 also announced that it has acquired 19-year-old Argentine midfielder Ignacio Gutierrez on loan from Velez Sarsfield. It is also the same Argentine club where Lunes first-team striker Luis Amarilla came through a transfer off-season.

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