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Update: More Sources Confirming the Signing of Costa Rican Defender

The signing of Francisco Calvo has been confirmed by Minnesota United.

Soccer: Gold Cup-Canada at Costa Rica
Calvo (no. 2, left) is reported to have signed with Minnesota United.
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Update: Multiple Costa Rican Outlets have confirmed the transfer. As I will mention below, some MLS outlets have also confirmed the transfer. The only confirmation that has yet to from Minnesota United.

A week after winning the title for Costa Rican powerhouse Saprissa, their star defender Francisco Calvo will be leaving. His destination will be Minnesota United, as reported by The transfer has been confirmed by Saprissa. The terms of the deal have not been released, and the signing has not been confirmed by Minnesota United.

He will join fellow Tico Johan Venegas, who was acquired from the Montreal Impact in a trade for Expansion Draft pick Chris Duvall.

Calvo had remarkable success in Costa Rica, winning three titles and scoring 31 goals in about 180 matches between four clubs. He also plays for the Costa Rican national team.

Paul Tenorio from has confirmed the signing, and says that the announcement is likely to come soon. We are working to get more sources on this news throughout the day, as the team has yet to comment on the signing.

Surprisingly, Minnesota United announced that Calvo will not be a designated player. The defender will take up targeted allocation money (TAM), one of Major League Soccer’s confusing financial categories.

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