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Minnesota United Officially Introduces Francisco Calvo

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The Costa Rican Defender was on most MLS team’s radar

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Well, it is about time. Minnesota United has officially announced the signing of Costa Rican Center Back, Francisco Calvo. As we have reported before, multiple outlets from Costa Rica had confirmed the signing and we were just waiting on the team to announce the player.

He stands at 5’11”, but is great in the air. The versatile center back can also be slotted into a left back position. In 28 games with his club, Saprissa, in Costa Rica, he tallied nine goals and one assist this past season.

Calvo becomes the fourth defender on United’s roster joining recent acquisition, Joe Greenspan, and NASL stalwarts Justin Davis and Kevin Venegas.

The 24-year-old joins Minnesota United over other MLS clubs that were rumored to be interested and becomes the third Saprissa player to join the MLS this offseason. Calvo should be a name that Loon fans will get used to hearing for years to come.

Per the team’s press release, Calvo was signed using Targeted Allocation Money, so the team still has three Designated Player spots available.

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