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Finnish Goalkeeper Walter Viitala Trialing with Minnesota United

The former Malmö ‘keeper started the Loons’ first preseason game.

Unkown Trialist
Walter Viitala with Minnesota United
Tim C McLaughlin

It’s well known that Minnesota United are looking for a goalkeeper to start ahead of Bobby Shuttleworth.

It was almost Agustín Rossi, but when previous domestic violence accusations resurfaced, that deal fell through.

United may be turning to the familiar base of Scandinavia for their goalkeeping needs. Walter Viitala, who has been capped by the Finnish national team, has been on trial with the team.

A club spokesman confirmed Viitala’s identity last week and United made the news public on Tuesday.

Viitala started the Loons’ preseason friendly against FC Tucson on Tuesday, playing at the back of a unit mostly consisting of expected starters. United conceded the opening goal approximately 20 minutes into the first half.

Viitala is currently out of contract after a spell with Malmö FF.