Minnesota United fan-favorite, Miguel Ibarra, is going to trial with the 2019 MLS champions, Seattle Sounders. As reported by Steven Goff, of The Washington Post, the Sounders are in Mexico preparing for their Concacaf Champions League matches against Club Deportiva Olimpia in late February.
@Migue10Ibarra, let go by Minnesota United after 2019 season, expected to begin trial with Seattle later this week in Mexico, where Sounders are preparing for Concacaf Champions League, team source says. #mls— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) February 11, 2020
Ibarra signed with Minnesota United in 2012 when it was a club in the North American Soccer League (NASL). With the exception of a stint with Club León of Liga MX in 2015, Ibarra has spent his entire professional career with the Minnesota United. Nicknamed “Batman” by MNUFC supporters, Ibarra had his contract option declined after the completion of the 2019 season, was not selected in the re-entry draft and is available to sign with any club on a first-come, first-serve basis.
St. Clair Loan to San Antonio FC
Jeff Reuter reports that Dayne St. Clair will be loaned to San Antonio FC of the USL Championship league. In 2019, St. Clair was loaned to MNUFC affiliate Forward Madison FC of the USL 1 league. St. Clair played five games for Forward Madison FC and posted one clean sheet. MNUFC has four goalkeepers listed on their roster today; Tyler Miller, Gregory Ranjitsingh, Dayne St. Clair and Homegrown Player signing, Fred Emmings.
Sources telling me #MNUFC will loan Dayne St. Clair to #USL Championship club San Antonio FC for the 2020 season, paperwork pending. The GK will compete with incumbent Matt Cardone for starts.— Jeff Rueter (@jeffrueter) February 10, 2020
The Loons can let St. Clair spend ample time away given Miller/Ranjitsingh/Emmings.
Moving from a third-division league (USL 1) to second-division (USL Championship) will hopefully offer more quality experience and development for St. Clair with proven starter, Tyler Miller, ahead of him on the MNUFC roster.
This morning Minnesota United officially announced the move of DSC to San Antonio FC. The loan will be a full season loan to the USL Championship side, with MNUFC reserving the right to recall him at any time.
“This is a great opportunity for Dayne. The most important thing for him and his continued development is to get games under his belt,” said Head Coach Adrian Heath. “He’ll be working with a great team, a good system with a fantastic staff. We expect big things from Dayne, and this is the right move at the right time.”
Last season when St. Clair was loaned to Forward Madison, and made five appearances for the ‘Mingos. He was also recalled for friendlies against Hertha Berlin, Aston Villa, and CF Pachuca to get some match time in with the first team.