Scottish winger Sam Nicholson - long attached to a move to Minnesota - was today officially announced as a new member of the Loons by the club.
“We are really pleased to have added a player with the skillset of Sam [Nicholson],” said MNUFC Head Coach Adrian Heath. “He’s a player who can cut inside from either side of the pitch. He’s got two really good feet and he’s got some goals in him, he can beat his man. It’s not very often that you get the opportunity to bring in a player from Europe, who looks at MLS as a step up. We are delighted to have him and we think he will be a great addition to our squad.”
Nicholson is available to the squad beginning today.
With Miguel Ibarra recently starting on the bench against Columbus Crew, Nicholson will be an interesting addition to the Loons. With the next match being a friendly against Liga MX side Atlas FC, fans can expect Nicholson to feature in the starting XI as head coach Adrian Heath will look to size up his latest acquisition.
For his part, Nicholson seems excited to join the team.
“Absolutely delighted to sign with MNUFC. It was an easy decision after speaking with the coaching staff, everyone made me feel comfortable and at home straight away. It’s a great club and I am excited for the new challenge ahead in MLS and I cannot wait to play in front of all the amazing fans.”
The Loons are in desperate need of warm bodies that can play soccer. Depth is the club’s achilles heel, and it showed in spades as they suffered against the Crew a week ago.
Nicholson is undoubtedly a solid depth signing, but look to his work rate in the July 15th match to gauge if he will fight his way into a starting spot for the following regular season match.