According to MSG’s Kristian Dyer, former Manchester United keeper Anders Lindegaard could be on the move to MLS. Dyer went on to add that he’s hearing that Minnesota United could be a potential destination for the 33-year-old Dane, who is currently out-of-contract.
Current Loons keeper Bobby Shuttleworth has done an admirable job since winning the starting gig back in March but the team’s depth at the position is razor-thin. It seems increasingly unlikely that Minnesota will pick up John Alvbage’s loan which is set to expire in just over a week’s time, so the Loons will be down to just two keepers on their roster in the near future.
Lindegaard would likely be the team’s number one keeper if he signed in Minnesota, shifting Shuttleworth to the bench. Shuttleworth has run hot-and-cold as of late, making big saves at times but suffering lapses in concentration as seen with his two recent penalties conceded and Real Salt Lake’s grubby game-winner. If the team was keen on replacing Shuttleworth at some point in the near future, it would make sense to bring someone else in as soon as possible.
The former United backstop boasts an impressive resume that includes five seasons in Manchester but there are some concerns surrounding him. Lindegaard has only made 22 appearances since the beginning of the 2013 season and only played six times last season for a mid-table Championship side in Preston North End. The 33-year-old has made six international appearances for Denmark but hasn't featured internationally since 2011.
Lindegaard’s lack of game action over the past handful of seasons undoubtedly raises red flags but a move to MLS could be just what he needs to get his once-promising career back on track.
Dyer also divulged another interesting tidbit earlier this week when he reported that Christian Ramirez has received contact from the Colombian national team setup. Ramirez would be eligible to represent Colombia internationally due to both of his parents being Colombian citizens who emigrated to the United States.
The Colombian national squad is absolutely loaded with talent at the forward position, featuring the likes of Carlos Bacca, Radamel Falcao, and Luis Muriel, so Ramirez seems unlikely to break into their starting lineup anytime soon. Colombia’s interest in Ramirez should serve as a wake-up call for Bruce Arena. If he doesn’t call Ramirez into the U.S. setup in the near future, he risks losing him to Colombia for good. The 25-year-old’s leads all eligible American international players with 10 goals so far this MLS season.