Minnesota United FC joined the MLS in 2017 as the 22nd franchise in the league. The club has never won a major trophy in its brief history. Who are the best players in Minnesota United FC’s history, and what are their accomplishments for the club? Keep reading to find out.
Top 10 Best Minnesota United FC Players of All Time
- Emanuel Reynoso
- Michael Boxall
- Darwin Quintero
- Robin Lod
- Kevin Molino
- Ethan Finlay
- Dayne St. Clair
- Ike Opara
- Vito Mannone
- Miguel Ibarra
1. Emanuel Reynoso
- Most assists in Minnesota history
- Fourth-most goals in Minnesota history
- 2022 Minnesota Goals leader
Emanuel Renyoso joined Minnesota United FC in 2020 after playing professionally in Argentina. Renyoso is one of the best offensive players in the club’s history and is Minnesota’s all-time leader in assists. The attacking midfielder had one goal and six assists in 13 games in his first year with the club. Reynoso led the MLS in assists and goal-creating actions in 2020. He appeared in 29 matches in 2021 and had five goals and four assists.
The midfielder led Minnesota with ten goals in 2022. Reynoso also had six assists while leading the league in shot-creating actions and corner kicks. He also was the MLS leader in successful take-ons for two straight years. The midfielder has 84 appearances across all competitions for Minnesota. Renyoso’s 23 assists for the club are the most by a player in Minnesota’s history. His 23 goals are the fourth-most in club history.
2. Michael Boxall
- Most games in Minnesota history
- Most bookings in Minnesota history
- Two seasons inside top-ten clearances in MLS
Michael Boxall played in Australia and New Zealand for most of his career before joining Minnesota United FC in the club’s first MLS season in 2017. Boxall is the longest-tenured player in Minnesota’s history. The center-back started 12 games for the club in 2017. Boxall scored his first two goals for Minnesota while making 32 starts in 2018. The defender had the tenth-most clearances in 2019 while scoring two more goals in 29 matches. Boxall finished with the fifth-most clearances in 2022.
He has started every league match that he has appeared in during his seven seasons with Minnesota. Boxall has appeared in 189 matches across all competitions for the club, which is more than any other player in Minnesota’s history. The defender also leads the club with 40 total bookings. Boxall has five goals and one assist with Minnesota.
3. Darwin Quintero
- Most goals in Minnesota history
- Second-most assists in Minnesota history
- Two-time Minnesota leader in goals
Darwin Quintero played throughout the world before joining Minnesota United FC in 2018. Quintero is in the top two for both goals and assists all-time in the club’s history. The attacking midfielder had 11 goals and 12 assists in his first year with the club. Quintero led the MLS with 30 shot-creating actions as well as 27 through balls that year. He also finished second in the league in assists in 2018.
Quintero had five assists to go along with ten goals in 2019. The Colombian player led Minnesota in goals during both of his two seasons with the club. The midfielder left the club to join the Houston Dynamo in 2020, also playing for CD América in Colombia. Quintero had 27 goals and 20 assists during his 64 matches across all competitions for Minnesota. He leads the club in goals and has the second-most assists all-time for Minnesota.
4. Robin Lod
- Second-most goals in Minnesota history
- Fifth-most games in Minnesota history
- Seventh-most assists in Minnesota history
Robin Lod played professionally in Finland, Greece, and Spain before he joined Minnesota United in 2019. Lod is in the top ten for many statistical categories in the club’s history. The left-midfielder made ten appearances during his first year in Minnesota. His first full season in the MLS was in 2020 when he had seven goals and three assists in 20 games. Lod scored nine goals in the following year while also contributing four assists.
The midfielder appeared in 30 matches in 2022 and had six goals and two assists. The midfielder has appeared in the fifth-most games for the club, as he has played in 106 matches across all competitions. His 26 goals for Minnesota are the second-most in the history of the club. Lod also has the fourth-most assists for the club with 11.
5. Kevin Molino
- Third-most goals in Minnesota history
- Third-most assists in Minnesota history
- 2020 Minnesota leader in goals
Kevin Molino played for Orlando City before joining Minnesota United FC in 2017. Molino is a top offensive player in the history of the club as he is third for both goals and assists all-time for Minnesota. In his first season in Minnesota, the right-winger started all 30 matches that he appeared in. Molino contributed seven goals and nine assists during the 2017 campaign.
The Trinidad and Tobago native was only able to appear in two games in 2018, but he scored two goals and added one assist. The winger had seven goal contributions in 2019. Molino led the club with nine goals in 2020 while also adding two assists. He joined the Columbus Crew after that year. The winger made 75 appearances for the club and had 25 goals and 19 assists during his four seasons in Minnesota. Molino is third all-time for both goals and assists in the club’s history.
6. Ethan Finlay
- Fourth-most games in Minnesota history
- Sixth-most goals in Minnesota history
- Tied for ninth-most goals in Minnesota history
Ethan Finlay was initially selected as the tenth overall pick in the 2012 MLS Draft by the Columbus Crew. The right winger played six seasons in Columbus before joining Minnesota United FC in 2017. Finley played five seasons for the club and was a consistent offensive player during his tenure. In 11 appearances in 2017, the winger had three goals and two assists. He followed that up with three goal contributions in 2018 while still only being able to appear in seven matches. Finley played in 33 games in 2019, and he scored seven goals while adding two assists. The winger had six goal contributions in 2020.
His last season with Minnesota came in 2021 when he scored three goals and had two assists in 30 games. Finley made 107 appearances for the club, which is the fourth-most by a player in Minnesota’s history. His 20 goals place him sixth all-time for the club, and he is tied for the ninth-most assists in Minnesota’s history with ten assists.
7. Dayne St. Clair
- Most games by a goalkeeper in Minnesota history
- Best clean sheet percentage in MLS in 2020
- Third-most saves in MLS in 2022
Dayne St. Clair was selected with the seventh overall pick in the 2019 MLS Draft by Minnesota United FC. St. Clair has made the most appearances by a goalkeeper in the history of the club. The keeper made his debut for the club in 2020. He made 13 starts and had six clean sheets to go along with six wins. St. Clair finished the year with the third-best save percentage, and he led the MLS with a 46.2 clean sheet percentage.
The Canadian only made four appearances in 2021 but was guarding the net for 32 games in the following year. St. Clair once again finished in the top ten in save percentage and had the third-most saves in the league during the campaign. The goalkeeper recorded 14 wins in 2022, serving as the club’s starting keeper. St. Clair has appeared in 72 matches across all competitions for the club which is more than any other keeper in Minnesota’s history.
8. Ike Opara
- 2019 MLS Defender of the Year
- Fourth-most clearances in 2018
- Six goal contributions
Ike Opara was the third overall pick in the 2010 MLS Draft by the San Jose Earthquakes. The center-back played for San Jose and Sporting K.C. before joining Minnesota United FC in 2019. Opara spent two seasons with the club and was named the MLS Defender of the Year in 2019. The defender started all but one of his 30 appearances in his first season in Minnesota. Opara scored three goals and added one assist during the campaign while having the fourth-most crosses and fifth-most interceptions in the MLS. He was named the 2019 MLS Defender of the Year for his play that season.
The defender made just two appearances in 2020 for Minnesota but scored two goals. Opara later retired that year. The center-back made 37 appearances across all competitions for the club. Opara scored five goals and had one assist during his tenure with Minnesota.
9. Vito Mannone
- 2019 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year
- Most single-season wins by a goalkeeper in Minnesota history
- 2019 MLS leader in minutes
Vito Mannone played professionally for multiple English teams before joining Minnesota United FC on a season-long loan. Mannone won the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Award in his lone season with the club. The goalkeeper started all 34 league matches for Minnesota in 2019. He won 15 games that season, which is the most in a single season by a keeper for the club.
Mannone also finished third in the league with 11 clean sheets and the most minutes played in the MLS in 2019. The goalkeeper had the third-most total saves in the league. The Italian won the 2019 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Award for his play. At the season’s end, Mannone finished his loan spell and has since played in Denmark and France. Across all competitions for Minnesota, the goalkeeper made 40 appearances.
10. Miguel Ibarra
- Sixth-most assists in Minnesota history
- Seventh-most games in Minnesota history
- 11th-most goals in Minnesota history
Miguel Ibarra played professionally in the American second division, as well as in Mexico, before joining Minnesota United FC in 2017. Ibarra was a consistent player for the club for its first three seasons in the MLS. The right-midfielder started 20 of his 29 appearances in 2017. He scored three goals and had three assists during the campaign. Ibarra played in 33 games in 2018 and had seven goals and seven assists. The midfielder followed that up with two goal contributions in 2019.
After the 2019 season, Ibarra joined the Seattle Sounders and later went on to play in America’s third division for the Charlotte Independence. The midfielder made 88 appearances across all competitions for Minnesota which is the seventh-most in the club’s history. Ibarra’s 12 goals place him 11th on the club’s all-time scoring list. His 12 assists are the sixth-most by a player in Minnesota’s history.
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