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Where Are They Now: John Alvbåge

John Alvbåge was between the sticks for MNUFC in the opener, but sure didn’t help.

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Minnesota united did not give John Alvbåge much help —fielding an awful back line in the inaugural opener— but Alvbåge certainly did not give any in return.

What did he do?

John Alvbåge joined Minnesota united in January of 2017 on loan from IFK Goteborg, a Swedish top flight club. He was a praised transfer as Minnesota had yet to sign a goal-keeper with the upcoming season soon to begin. In Minnesota, he started two games. First, he started the inaugural MLS match against Portland in which Minnesota United was thrashed 5-1. His second start was the home opener (the snowpener) against Atlanta. The Atlanta game was disappointing for Alvbåge as he not only was annihilated 6-1, but he left the game early due to a knee injury. The injury left Bobby Shuttleworth in the net for Minnesota. John Alvbåge never could recover for Minnesota, his knee injury lasted long enough that Bobby Shuttleworth became the established goalkeeper. Alvbåge, after recovering from the knee injury, hurt his finger in practice, solidifying his back-up status.

How did he leave?

In July of 2017 the need for Alvbåge was not present for Minnesota United. His loan ended and Minnesota did not resign his contract.

Where is he now?

Alvbåge is currently on loan at Nea Salamina from Cyprus based team Omnia. Nea Salamina is a top tier team also in Cyprus. Alvbåge is yet to start a game for Nea Salamina as he joined the club in mid-August.