Captain Kyle Altman re-signs
Five days before the 2013 North American Soccer League kick off, Minnesota United FC has further bolstered its lineup by re-signing team captain Kyle Altman to play in the league’s Spring Season.
Out of contract after the 2012 season, Altman spent much of the offseason in Washington, D.C., and Portland, Ore., on trial with Major League Soccer clubs, but he returned to Minnesota last week and re-signed with the club on a three-month contract Monday afternoon. After the Spring Season, Altman will enroll in medical school, ending a personal dilemma he’s struggled with since completing his college degree in 2009.
“First of all, I’m happy to be back in Minnesota and back with the only club I’ve played for in my career. I feel like it’s a great team to be a part of, and it’s a great place to finish my career,” Altman said Monday afternoon. “Obviously going to med school is a difficult decision and something I’ve been struggling with for some time now. Soccer is my first passion and what I love to do, but I have this great opportunity for the remainder of my life and not just the next few years.”
Altman began his professional career with the Minnesota Thunder in 2008 and was one of the first players signed by the Minnesota Stars in 2010. He moved into central defense halfway through the season and has been a mainstay on the backline since then. A 2012 NASL Best XI honoree, he’s made 90 starts for the club, logging more than 8,000 minutes and scoring five goals.
“We’re certainly working for the next era of soccer here, but we recognize that there are pieces in the past that have helped make us successful, and there’s no doubt that Kyle has been a key component of that,” said Manny Lagos, Minnesota United FC head coach and technical director.
Read More Team News →