Minneapolis City SC, whose season begins on May 13th, have officially released their roster for 2017. The Crows have 26 Minnesotan players on the roster, along with another four developmental players.
Minneapolis City SC is looking to build on a successful 2016 season that left them one spot in the table short of the playoffs with 3 wins, 4 draws, and 3 defeats in the Premier League of America. Outside of league play, the Crows won both friendly matches and beat Oakland County FC in their USOC Qualifier match.
Multiple players will return from the 2016 campaign along with many new, but familiar faces. The Crows are already the heavy favorite to win the NPSL North this season as they have moved from the PLA and this roster definitely strengthens that theory.
Matt Elder - #1 - New Hope - Minneapolis City
Peter Runquist - #61 - Woodbury - Minnesota United Reserves
James Neher - #62 - Minneapolis - Stegman’s
Aaron Olson - #2 - St. Paul - Minneapolis City SC
Nate Engel - #15 - Maple Grove - Minneapolis City SC
Joey Gustafson - #19 - Duluth - Duluth FC
Kevin Hoof - #3 - Northern Michigan University
Max Kent - #22 - St. Louis Park - Macalester College
Charlie Adams - #25 - Stillwater - Minnesota United Reserves
Nick Hinds - #24 - Minneapolis - Hastings College
Abdallah Bah - #21 - St. Paul - Post University
Trey Benhart - #18 - Lakeville - UW Green Bay
AJ Albers - #5 - Eagan - Minneapolis City SC
Ben Wexler - #10 - Minnetonka - Minneapolis City SC
Samuel Ruiz-Plaza - #13 - Woodbury - Messiah College
Dan O'Brien - #6 - Shoreview - Tampa Bay Rowdies
Ian “Steve” Smith - #4 - Minneapolis - UW Green Bay
Brian Kallman - #14 - Minnesota United FC
Martin Browne - #7 - Brooklyn Park - Minnesota United Reserves/Recent callup to Liberia National Team
Miles Stockman-Willis - #17 - Woodbury - Minnesota United Reserves
Issac “Goose” Friendt - #9 - Andover - Indiana University
Will Kidd - #12 - St. Paul - Bradley University
Whitney Browne - #11 - Brooklyn Park - Minneapolis City SC
Tim Willis - #8 - Minneapolis - Minneapolis City SC
Javi Alcantara - #20 - St. Paul - Minnesota United Reserves
Connor Stevenson - #16 - Woodbury - Loyola Chicago
Jimmy Farah - Wing - De La Salle High School
Jake Meier - CB - Indiana University
Abdi Kadi - MF - Washburn High School
Ramone McKeithan - GK - Minneapolis South High School
If you’re seeing anything stick out from this roster, then you’re seeing correctly. The Crows have multiple former NASL players such as former Minnesota United FC Midfielder Brian Kallman. Along with Kallman former Tampa Bay Rowdies Midfielder Dan O’Brien.
The biggest player news on this roster has to be Martin Browne who has just recently received a call up from the Liberian National Team. All of this combined give Minneapolis City a good reason that they are favored to win the NPSL North.