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Minnesota United FC declined the options of 5 players for the 2020 season, kicking off some changes for the Loons heading into next season.

April 28, 2019 - Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States - Minnesota United midfielder Rasmus Schüller (20) strips the ball from DC United midfielder Ulises Segura (8) during the Minnesota United vs DC United match at Allianz Field. 

(Photo by Seth Steffenhagen/Steffenhagen Photography)
April 28, 2019 - Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States - Minnesota United midfielder Rasmus Schüller (20) strips the ball from DC United midfielder Ulises Segura (8) during the Minnesota United vs DC United match at Allianz Field. (Photo by Seth Steffenhagen/Steffenhagen Photography)

This afternoon Minnesota United made a statement announcing the club has declined the options of 5 different players for the 2020 season. Rasmus Schuller, Collin Martin, Carter Manley, Wilfried Moimbé-Tahrat and Ally Hamis Ng’anzi will not be returning to MNUFC next Spring.

Rasmus Schüller was signed by the club for 2017 prior to the teams first season in Major League Soccer. During the 2019 season Schüller made 15 appearances and 11 starts for the Loons in 2019, with all but two of those appearances coming before June. His last appearance in a match came on August 11th in a 5-3 loss to FC Dallas. Through his 3 seasons in Black and Blue Schüller appeared in a total of 55 matches playing 3,928 minutes in his time at the club.

Collin Martin was acquired by the club in a trade with D.C. United prior to the 2017 season. During 2019 Martin made just four appearances for the club, three in league play and one in the Open Cup. Martin spent most of 2019 on loan with USL Championship expansion side Hartford Athletic where he made just seven appearances with the squad, all in their Starting XI.

Carter Manley was selected 23rd overall in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft by MNUFC. The Duke University product made a total of 9 appearances for 592 minutes over two seasons with the Loons. During those two years Manley was on loan for a majority of his time with the club. 2018 saw him play 430 minutes over 8 matches with Las Vegas Lights FC in the USL Championship. During 2019 he played in 20 matches totaling 1,774 minutes with Forward Madison FC in USL League One compared to just two matches and 98 minutes with Minnesota.

Wilfried Moimbé-Tahrat was picked up by the Loons during this past transfer window after having played with French Ligue 2 AS Nancy-Lorraine in the 2018-19 season. Moimbé-Tahrat was primarily set up to be a reserve and backup player during his few months with Minnesota United making the matchday squad 7 times, starting 4 times, but never coming off the bench for a total of just 336 minutes.

Ally Hamis Ng’anzi spent the entire 2019 season on loan with USL League One affiliate Forward Madison FC. In his time with the ‘Mingos he played in 4 matches for a total of 149 minutes but was listed on the matchday squad an additional 17 times.

Stay tuned to E Pluribus Loonum for more offseason updates on Minnesota United FC.