This afternoon some breaking news was shared initially by the Pioneer Press’ Andy Greder.
#MNUFC has agreed to send striker Angelo Rodriguez back to Colombia in a deal with Deportivo Cali, source said. Details still to come. #Loons signed him as Designated Player from Deportes Tolima in July 2018.— Andy Greder (@andygreder) January 23, 2020
Then about 8 hours later the move was confirmed by the Cali, who is set to receive Rodriguez in this move.
El presidente Marco Caicedo habla del #DeportivoCali2020 y oficializa la llegada del atacante Ángelo Rodríguez.— Deportivo Cali (@AsoDeporCali) January 24, 2020
¡Bienvenido, goleador! ⚽#VamosCali pic.twitter.com/3wPIkYdafy
Angelo joined MNUFC as the clubs second DP during the summer of 2018, coming from Columbian side Deportes Tolima. In roughly 18 months with the Loons over two seasons Rodriguez made 43 appearances in all competitions. In those 43 appearances he scored 13 goals and had 6 assists for Minnesota.
It was reported yesterday that Rodriguez would be loaned to Deportivo Cali, however the club has stated that they have bought out Angelo’s remaining contract. Per the MLS Roster Rules “A club may buy out one player who has a Guaranteed Contract (including a Designated Player’s) during the offseason and free up the corresponding Salary Budget space. Such a buyout is at the club’s expense.”
Stay tuned to E Pluribus Loonum for more pre-season updates on Minnesota United FC.