Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Loons lose to Ozzy Alonso in favor of Atlanta United

Minnesota United have made efforts to bring captain Ozzy Alonso back for the 2022 season, but the free-agent midfielder signed with Atlanta United on Thursday. This change adds another layer of communication between the 2017 MLS expansion cousins.

Alonso, who has played for Loons three seasons in a row, will travel to Atlanta on a one-year club option contract for 2023.

Minnesota recruited Will Trapp to be the club’s defensive midfielder ahead of the 2021 season, but 36-year-old Alonso has continued to contribute. Last year, he played 1,412 minutes in 24 games, including 15 starts.

After spending ten years in Seattle, Alonso helped the Loons play three times in a row in the MLS Cup playoffs (2019-21). He scored the first goal in Allianz Field history and made 61 appearances for Minnesota.

Alonso will reunite in Atlanta with new head coach Gonzalo Pineda; Alonso and Pineda were together in Seattle.

Minnesota is not playing Atlanta in the 2022 MLS season.

Greg San Jose

Ian Gregus, who was Alonso’s teammate in Minnesota in 2019 and 2020, was selected by the San Jose Earthquakes in the second round of the MLS draft on Thursday.

The Loons rejected Gregus’s 2022 contract option, allowing the former designated player to leave.

San Jose must provide Gregus with a “sincere offer” and, if both sides agree, the 6ft 3 “Slovak will remain in the MLS Western Conference.

San Jose arrives at Allianz Field on March 19th.

MOON ADDITION KEEPER

Minnesota drafted goalie Eric Dick on Thursday. The 27-year-old was drafted by Sporting Kansas City in 2018 and was loaned to Phoenix Rising. He then went to the Columbus Crew and was loaned out to Indy Eleven.

Dick is a deep detail for Loons. He has 45 career appearances, including one start in the MLS.

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