Minnesota United signs its first designated player, Darwin Quintero

Published 8:05 am Monday, April 2, 2018

He had a well-publicized airport arrival Wednesday. His new teammates posted photos with him and of his new locker at the training facility, and the man himself even shared pictures of him in his new kit Thursday. But Minnesota United finally made it official Saturday.

Darwin Quintero is a Loon.

The club’s first-ever designated player will be able to play once his visa and international transfer certificate clear.

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The club’s official news release did not disclose the financial aspects or length of the contract. But Quintero’s deal had to be more than his designated player cap hit of $504,375.

A designated player is a highly talented and usually offensive player the team can pay beyond the usual salary cap limits. A team can have up to three.

“Excited he’s in the building,” coach Adrian Heath said after practice Friday at the National Sports Center. “He’s done a little bit with the guys this morning. He’s got great quality. The rest of the group are really pleased to have him. So we’re really looking forward to getting him on the field.”
By Megan Ryan

Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

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