This afternoon Minnesota United loaned defender Brent Kallman out to El Paso Locomotive for the remainder of the 2020 season. This comes days after the Loons loaned fellow defender and 2020 SuperDraft pick Noah Billingsley out to Las Vegas Lights for the remainder of 2020. And just like with the Billingsley loan, Minnesota can recall Kallman at any time.
This will be Kallman’s first time playing in a jersey that doesn’t say MNUFC on it since turning professional. Brent Kallman signed with MNUFC ahead of the 2013 NASL season after playing collegiate soccer in Nebraska at Creighton University. In four seasons with the Bluejays, Kallman made 23 appearances, starting 19 of them, playing 1,643 minutes. Between college and professional soccer he spent a season with Des Moines Menace of the PDL (now USL League Two).
Since joining MNUFC in 2013 he has made a total of 111 appearances for the Loons playing a total of 9,373 minutes per Transfermarkt. His last appearance in a match for the Loons came in the September 2nd match away at Los Angeles Football Club. He was on the bench for the following two matches against Houston Dynamo and Real Salt Lake. Kallman was then suspended towards the end of last season “for violating MLS Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Policy.” The 10 match suspension saw him miss the final 4 matches of 2019, the lone MLS Cup Playoffs match the team played last season, the first two matches of 2020, and the entire MLS Is Back Group Stage.
Kallman rejoined the active squad and was on the bench for all three of Minnesota United’s knockout round matches against Columbus Crew SC, San Jose Earthquakes, and Orlando City SC. While he was active and on the bench he did not appear in any match.
El Paso Locomotive Head Coach and Technical Director Mark Lowry said about this move:
“Brent is a quality player coming from a quality club, so it is great to be able to bring him in. He is a player I know from the NASL days so I’m familiar with his capabilities, the leadership, and quality he will had to our center-back department. These qualities will be very useful as we approach a stretch of 10 games in 50 days.”