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Bertrand Owundi Eko’o Loaned to Charlotte

The Cameroonian central defender joins the USL side after making one exhibition appearance for MNUFC.

July 11, 2018 - Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States - Minnesota United midfielder Bertrand Owundi Eko'o (27) lunges forward to head the ball away from Deportivo Saprissa defender Jaylon Hadden (33) during the Minnesota United vs Deportivo Saprissa match at TCF Bank Stadium. 

(Photo by Seth Steffenhagen/Steffenhagen Photography)
Bertrand Owundi Eko’o (27) lunges forward to head the ball away from defender Jaylon Hadden (33) during Minnesota United’s match vs Deportivo Saprissa match July 11 at TCF Bank Stadium. Owundi is joining USL side Charlotte Independence on loan.
Seth Steffenhagen

Amid his absence at training on Tuesday, Minnesota United FC head coach Adrian Heath confirmed during his media comments that center back Bertrand Owundi Eko’o would be loaned out to the Charlotte Independence of USL. After two days of silence, the club confirmed the move this afternoon in a release.

Because the loan follows the standard MLS to USL agreement structure, it will allow Minnesota United FC to recall him at any time; additionally, Minnesota will free up his international slot so long as he is officially not with the team.

Owundi has yet to make a competitive appearance for the Loons this season, only seeing time on the bench once against New York Red Bulls in March; however, he played the full 90 minutes against Deportivo Saprissa in a friendly. He’s slated to join an Independence side that sits 11th in the Eastern Conference standings, with a defense that’s allowed the 11th most goals in USL this year. He’ll join fellow Cameroonian center back Calvin Doum for contention for spots on the Independence back line, and could potentially see time behind NASL-era Loons defensive midfielder Greg Jordan, who signed for Charlotte during the offseason.