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RE: Soccer Made in Minnesota - 12/21/2018 10:28:12 AM   
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This signing looks like what Jeff is pushing for. They laid out significant coin for a European player in his prime. He's played for the Slovakian senior national team since 2015.

Minnesota United signs high-priced Jan Gregus to fill defensive midfield hole

By ANDY GREDER

For more than a season, Minnesota United’s biggest weakness has been at defensive midfielder, and the Loons hope they have have filled that gap with the high-priced signing of Jan Gregus on Thursday.

The 27-year-old Slovakian has played the past two-plus seasons for FC Copenhagen, the No. 1 team in Denmark’s top league, and 6-foot-3, two-way player has made 22 appearances for the Slovakian senior national team since 2015.

“It’s a guy in the prime of his career from a big club and has a lot of European experience and big European moments,” said United sporting director Manny Lagos. “… He comes from a club that has been in European competition 12 out of 13 years. There is an expectation of quality and excellence and winning, and he’s going to bring that to us.”

With Minnesota allowing a league-worst 141 goals in its first two MLS seasons, Gregus “embraces that roll sitting in front of the back four and really dictating the tempo in the play,” Lagos said.

Gregus will become one Minnesota’s three Designated Players, the highest-level MLS contact that carries big expectations. Attacking midfielder Darwin Quintero and forward Angelo Rodriguez occupy the other two DP spots.

“He’s somebody that’s going to lead because he’s got great skill on the field, and he’s going to open up the play and get the ball to good attacking players in spots because he’s so technically good with both feet and good at spraying the ball around the field.”

United has been without a primary defensive midfielder since Sam Cronin went down with concussion and neck issues in August 2017 and missed the final nine games of that first season. He suffered another head injury in the 2018 preseason and didn’t play at all last season.

United didn’t pursue long-term deals with Brazilian defensive midfielders Maximiano or Fernando Bob after last season and they didn’t renew the contract of Collen Warner.

Gregus has made 107 appearances for FC Copenhagen, including an appearance in the 2016 EUFA Champions League and the current Europa League. With an ability to take set pieces, he has scored two goals in 18 games this season, according to soccerway.com.


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RE: Soccer Made in Minnesota - 12/21/2018 12:51:37 PM   
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Damn. First loss in something like 20 matches! But, we're in the hunt right now. And, a lot of the younger guys look really good. Guendouzi plays well every time he gets a chance on the field. Tottenham will be a test tomorrow.



Spuds burned us on the counters. We huffed and puffed but it wasn't enough. We need 2 D signings before we can truly compete.
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RE: Soccer Made in Minnesota - 12/21/2018 12:54:02 PM   
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ORIGINAL: TJSweens

This signing looks like what Jeff is pushing for. They laid out significant coin for a European player in his prime. He's played for the Slovakian senior national team since 2015.

Minnesota United signs high-priced Jan Gregus to fill defensive midfield hole

By ANDY GREDER

For more than a season, Minnesota United’s biggest weakness has been at defensive midfielder, and the Loons hope they have have filled that gap with the high-priced signing of Jan Gregus on Thursday.

The 27-year-old Slovakian has played the past two-plus seasons for FC Copenhagen, the No. 1 team in Denmark’s top league, and 6-foot-3, two-way player has made 22 appearances for the Slovakian senior national team since 2015.

“It’s a guy in the prime of his career from a big club and has a lot of European experience and big European moments,” said United sporting director Manny Lagos. “… He comes from a club that has been in European competition 12 out of 13 years. There is an expectation of quality and excellence and winning, and he’s going to bring that to us.”

With Minnesota allowing a league-worst 141 goals in its first two MLS seasons, Gregus “embraces that roll sitting in front of the back four and really dictating the tempo in the play,” Lagos said.

Gregus will become one Minnesota’s three Designated Players, the highest-level MLS contact that carries big expectations. Attacking midfielder Darwin Quintero and forward Angelo Rodriguez occupy the other two DP spots.

“He’s somebody that’s going to lead because he’s got great skill on the field, and he’s going to open up the play and get the ball to good attacking players in spots because he’s so technically good with both feet and good at spraying the ball around the field.”

United has been without a primary defensive midfielder since Sam Cronin went down with concussion and neck issues in August 2017 and missed the final nine games of that first season. He suffered another head injury in the 2018 preseason and didn’t play at all last season.

United didn’t pursue long-term deals with Brazilian defensive midfielders Maximiano or Fernando Bob after last season and they didn’t renew the contract of Collen Warner.

Gregus has made 107 appearances for FC Copenhagen, including an appearance in the 2016 EUFA Champions League and the current Europa League. With an ability to take set pieces, he has scored two goals in 18 games this season, according to soccerway.com.




It's the type of signing that will help, for sure. Not sure about the actual guy though, never seen him play. Having a good/solid 6 will do wonders to a defense. It's a very tough position to find the right guy. That position, above all others, is all about the right attitude.
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RE: Soccer Made in Minnesota - 12/21/2018 4:22:40 PM   
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Wow! That was an actual lukewarm endorsement from Jeff.

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RE: Soccer Made in Minnesota - 12/26/2018 5:22:49 PM   
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1-1 against BHA?!? We need to either sign some defensemen who are comfortable playing back, or scheme the dmen to play way deeper than they currently do.
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RE: Soccer Made in Minnesota - 1/14/2019 2:09:13 PM   
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Minnesota United made a couple more moves:

1. They finagled the top pick in the waiver order and picked up Ozzie Alonso, who is a multi time all star from Seattle. Since he has his U.S. citizenship, he doesn't take up one of their international slots. This move and signing Jan Gregus goes a long way toward shoring up the pathetic defense.

2. Picked NCAA champ goalie Dayne St. Clair, from the University of Maryland and Canadian youth national team in the super draft. Then they traded for #15 and took St. Clair's teammate left fullback Chase Gasper. St. Clair is supposed to be the best goalkeeper in the draft. A MLSsoccer.com reporter, Bobby Warshaw, says Gasper is “the most pro-ready outside back of everybody getting drafted.”

3. The Pioneer Press says the Loons offered a two-year contract to Romain Metanire, a right back who plays for Stade de Reims in the top French league. He's 28.

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RE: Soccer Made in Minnesota - 1/14/2019 2:51:58 PM   
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Stade de Reims is a mid table side and the French League one has some really good teams. He's going to be tested for sure. PSG are a world powerhouse.
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