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Where are they now: Mo Saeid

Here one minute, gone the next

MLS: Minnesota United FC at Portland Timbers Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

What did he do?

The Eritrean/Swedish midfielder was supposed to be a mainstay in the Loons midfield, but he played even fewer minutes than the Center-Back-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named before being shipped off again. The Loons snagged Saeid in the 3rd Round of the 2016 expansion draft, after Collen Warner and between fellow ‘Where are they now’ profilees Chris Duvall, Jeff Attinella, and Femi Hollinger-Janzen. (Notice the trend for expansion draft players.) Saeid had 53 games over two season for the Columbus Crew, included a couple playoff appearances. He was only a Loon for four games, starting three, before being traded.

MLS: Minnesota United FC at New England Revolution Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

How did he leave?

Four games in and the Loons figured out that they needed some steel in the midfield. Saeid and Josh Gatt were traded to Colorado for Marc Burch and Sam Cronin.

Where is he now?

Saeid didn’t stay in Colorado long. He was cut at the end of last year and picked up by Lyngby BK in the Danish League. At the end of their season he moved on another free transfer back to his native Sweden to play for IK Sirius.

Shortly after being traded from the Loons, the Star Tribune put out a neat story on his path from refugee to soccer star. The full article is linked here, but it talks about his friendship with Bashkim Kadrii. Following their brief stint in Minnesota, both players ended up in the Danish League and were briefly opponents when Saeid’s Lyngby BK played Kadrii’s loan side Randers. Kadrii dished out two assists to beat his old friend 2-0.