July 10, 2018 / 8:49 PM / 8 months ago

Loons sign Colombian F Rodriguez as designated player

Minnesota United announced the signing of Colombian forward Angelo Rodriguez as a designated player on Tuesday.

Rodriguez joins the club via transfer from Deportes Tolima in Colombia’s Categoria Primera A. The 29-year-old will occupy an international spot on Minnesota’s roster pending receipt of his P1 Visa and international transfer certificate.

Rodriguez had scored 28 goals in 64 appearances with Deportes Tolima since 2016.

“He is a big-time player,” said Minnesota head coach Adrian Heath in a statement. “We have just added a difference-maker to our roster. He’s a player who is physical, skilled and knows how to score. He holds up the ball well and is also able to turn and run at defenders. He causes stress on defenses by closing down and pressing.

“He has seen some of the best competition in Colombia and has stepped up in big moments. We are thrilled to bring another valuable addition to Minnesota.”

With the Loons, Rodriguez joins compatriot Darwin Quintero, who was named the club’s first designated player in its history at the end of March. Quintero leads Minnesota with six goals this season.

“We are excited to get to Minnesota,” stated team sporting director Manny Lagos. “He’s a player who has just won a championship in Colombia and he wants to be here in Minnesota — he has made that clear to everyone on our staff. He wants to come here and make an impact with our club.

“We have always said we want to bring in the right type of players at the right time and he fits the mold. We have just made two big-impact signings in this window and are continuing to build and develop this roster for this season and beyond.”

The Loons (6-11-1, 19 points) announced the signing of 23-year-old Ecuadorian winger Romario Ibarra on Monday.

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