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2021 Season Preview: Minnesota United

Amy Kontras-USA TODAY Sports

Sporting KC went crashing out of the playoffs with a crushing defeat to Minnesota United in 2020. Minnesota lost one of the key pieces off of the team when Kevin "Hot Boi" Molino left for sunny Columbus (ummmm....) in search of an MLS Cup of his own.

Minnesota made a couple of moves in free agency but their departures will hurt.

2020 Stats:

Leading scorers: Kevin Molino (9), Robin Lod (7), Ethan Finlay (4)

Leading assists: Bebo Reynoso (6), Jan Gregus (5), Robin Lod (3)

Transfers in:

Wil Trapp - brought in as some insurance for Ozzie Alonso

Juan Agudelo - One of my favorite free agents of this offseason and someone I wanted Sporting to target.

Jukka Raitala - Finnish left back & international

Some draft picks + USL guys as well.

Transfers out:

Mason Toye was sent to CF Montreal, Kevin Molino left on a free transfer, Jose Aja and Aaron Schoenfeld also walked on boseman deals. Luis Amarila went back to Argentina. Marlon Hairston is out of contract. Kei Kamara is out of contract too.

The depth chart for Minnesota looks... rough. It's unclear who is going to play up top. Maybe Agudelo? Adrian Heath is pessimistic about Opara's return to the field in 2021. Minnesota is linked to a striker from River Plate, but there's substantial competition. Ozzie Alonso re-signing gives depth in defensive midfield (though he's no spring chicken).

Season outlook: I won't make a points projection but it's hard to see where the goals are going to come from. Minnesota looks like a low end playoff team, but with the addition of Austin and a potential bounce back season for some teams, they might not even make it. At least they're friendly!

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