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0 Floyd Franks
1 Mitch Hildebrandt
2 Justin Davis
3 Cristiano Dias
4 Aaron Pitchkolan
5 Edi Buro
6 Kevin Friedland
7 Simone Bracalello
8 Michael Reed
9 Pablo Campos
10 Mike Ambersley
11 Max Griffin
13 Kentaro Takada
14 Brian Kallman
15 Sean de Silva
16 Calum Mallace
17 Omar Daley
19 Luis Heitor-Piffer
20 Connor Tobin
21 Travis Wall
22 Kevin Venegas
23 Miguel Ibarra
25 Nate Polak
27 Brent Kallman
28 Sinisa Ubiparipovic
30 Matt Van Oekel
32 Lucas Rodriguez
33 Daryl Sattler
Floyd Franks joined Minnesota in July 2013, after being traded from the Carolina RailHawks. Franks has played professionally since 2005 and has spent much of his career in Carolina, as well as playing for two MLS teams.
- Native of Vestavia Hills, Alabama.
- Was a two-time all-Conference player at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
- Was drafted in the MLS Supplemental Draft in 2006 by Chicago Fire.
Omar Daley joins Minnesota for the Fall Season after playing for Motherwell FC in the Scottish Premier League. Daley has played for several teams in the US as well as in the UK over the course of his career.
- Native of Kingston, Jamaica
- Has made over 70 appearances for the Jamaican National Team, and tallied 7 goals in his time with the squad.
2013: Daley joined Minnesota United FC prior to the fall season after playing for Motherwell FC in the Scottish Premier League. Scored three goals total, all in the last game of 2013 against Tampa Bay, giving Daley the only hat trick of the season for Minnesota United FC. Gained one assist and played 232 minutes in six appearances for Minnesota. Won the NASL Play of The Week for his chip over the advancing goalkeeper in a 6-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rowdies during the last match of the season.
|Nationality||Bosnia and Herzegowina|
Sinisa Ubiparipovic joined Minnesota on loan from the MLS’s Montreal Impact. Ubiparipovic made one appearance for the Impact in the 2013 season before joining United.
2013: Recently joined on loan to Minnesota early in 2013 after making one appearance with the Montreal Impact in the spring of 2013. Played 393 minutes and made seven appearances, coming in three times as a substitute. Was one of two Minnesota United FC players to get a red card in 2013.
2012: Scored two goals in 12 appearances (three starts), registering 325 minutes in regular season play… Played two games, including one start, in the Amway Canadian Championship… Recorded one goal and two assists in 10 MLS Reserve League games, including nine as a starter… Also played in international matches against Olympique Lyonnais and Bologna FC.
2011 Signed with the Impact on Aug. 2… Was named the Newcomer of the Year, after finishing the season as the Impact leading-passer and third leading-scorer, registering three goals and four assists for 10 points in as many games, including eight as a starter.
2010: Tallied one goal and one assist in 18 games, including 11 as a starter, with New York… Started at left wing for the Red Bulls in a 3-1 victory against Santos FC, the first game played at the new Red Bull Arena… Became a free agent after his contract expired at the end of the season.
2009: Made a career-high 23 appearances for the Red Bulls, starting 13… Registered one assist… Also played two games in the CONCACAF Champions League against Trinidad and Tobago club W Connection.
2008: Appeared in 16 regular-season matches, with nine as a starter, and scored his first league goal on Aug. 10, against league rival DC United… During the 2008 MLS Cup Playoffs, started all of the team’s four playoff games helping the club reach the 2008 MLS Cup final.
2007: Drafted in the third round, 33rd overall, by the New York Red Bulls in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft… In his first season with New York, registered one assist in in 12 regular-season matches and both of the club's playoff matches… Was also loaned out for one game during the 2007 season to the Minnesota Thunder of the USL First Division, tallying one goal in a 4-2 loss to the Rochester Rhinos.
2006: Played 12 games with the Chicago Fire Premier, the MLS Chicago Fire reserve team… Was named to the USL Premier Development League's All-Central Conference team.
2005: Played two games with the Cleveland Internationals, in the USL Premier Development League.
AMATEUR Began his college soccer career at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2002, before transferring to the University of Akron, where he played from 2004 to 2006… At Akron, was named an NSCAA All-American his last two years, and was the 2006 Mid-American Conference Player of the Year.
Calum Mallace joined Minnesota on loan from the MLS’s Montreal Impact. He is set to play the full Fall Season schedule with United after playing in two matches for the Impact in 2013.
Son of Jim and Val Mallace… His brother Craig played with the Minnesota Thunder of the USL First Division… Majored in broadcasting.
2013: Mallace joined Minnesota United FC prior to the start of the NASL 2013 fall season and was on loan from the Montreal Impact. Scored one goal and tallied one assist after playing 976 minutes. Made 12 appearances and received two yellow cards for 2013. The native of Scotland was named to the NASL Team of The Week twice in 2013
2012: Drafted in the second round, 20th overall, by the Montreal Impact in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft… Played four games, all starts, recording 289 minutes of play in regular season… Made his MLS debut on June 30 at D.C. United… Started the last three games of the season at midfield… Scored two goals in eight games (688 minutes), all starts, in the MLS Reserve League… Also played in international matches against Olympique Lyonnais, Bologna FC and ACF Fiorentina.
AMATEUR 2011: Played with the Chicago Fire Premier, in the USL Premier Development League, participating in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
COLLEGE Played a total of 69 career games with Marquette University, including 62 starts, recording 13 goals and 13 assists… Named the 2011 Big East Conference Midfielder of the Year and a member of the All-Big East Conference First Team after registering three goals and six assists in 16 games… Also selected to the All-Big East Second Team in 2010.
YOUTH: Played with Zeneca, in Scotland, before moving to the United States… Was then part of the Woodbury Predators, in Minnesota, for two years.
The second-year goalkeeper returned in 2013 after backing up Matt VanOekel during the 2012 season.
- Native of Detroit suburb Livonia, Mich., and standout at Oakland University before beginning professional career in 2012.
- Made three starts in 2012, posting two ties and a loss.
- Made two starts in the final games of 2013, both wins.
- Recorded a shutout in his professional debut on May 25, 2012, in 0-0 draw at Tampa Bay Rowdies.
- Favorite TV show is Big Bang Theory.
- Favorite soccer players are Iker Casillas and Thierry Henry.
2013: 2013 was Hildebrandt’s second year with Minnesota United FC. Played 180 minutes and started in the last two matches of the season against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Tampa Bay Rowdies. Goals against average was 0.33%. Appeared as a back-up goalkeeper for Matt VanOekel 18 times during the season
2012: Signed with Minnesota, making three starts during the regular season, including a shutout in his pro debut on May 25, 2012, in a 0-0 tie at Tampa Bay. Finished season with two ties and a loss, 14 saves and a 1.00 goals-against average.
2008-2011: Played for Oakland University of the Summit League and was first-choice from 2009-2011. During that span, the Grizzlies were among the Summit League's most consistent teams, winning the regular season title in 2009, tournament title in 2010 and making the tournament final in 2011.
After an outstanding career as an attacking player in college, Justin Davis made the transition to left back as a rookie with Minnesota in 2011, quickly nailing down the starting job. Davis’ transition into defense has given United FC a dynamic option at outside back, as Davis and his right-sided counterpart Brian Kallman make frequent forays forward to join the attack.
- Native of Phoenix suburb Litchfield Park, Ariz.
- Twice earned first-team all-conference honors while playing for the University of New Mexico, where he recorded 20 goals and 18 assists in 77 career games.
- Scored his first professional goal—a game-winner—in just his second game, a 2-0 win against the Puerto Rico Islanders in 2011.
- Made 31 appearances in 2012 in all competitions, recording a goal and four assists.
2013: The left-back had two assists in 19 appearances for Minnesota United FC. Davis was only substituted twice during the season and played 1,665 minutes. Only accrued one yellow card compared to nine in 2012 and four in 2011. Davis added a dynamic to the left side of the back frequently pushing forward on attack.
2012: Was among Minnesota's leaders with 31 appearances in all competitions with one goal and four assists. His lone goal, a long-range, last-minute strike against the Atlanta Silverbacks, was among the nominees for NASL Play of the Year.
2011: Debuted with Minnesota in May at left back, scoring a gamewinning goal in just his second game. Finished the season with 2380 minutes played, one goal and one assist (which came on what proved to be the winning goal in the NASL Championship Series
2006-2009: Was a two-time first-team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation forward at the University of New Mexico. Ranks in the top-10 in multiple career statistical categories at UNM with 77 appearances, 20 goals and 18 assists.
A key part of the backline on the club’s 2011 championship-winning side, Brazilian centerback Cristiano Dias brings Minnesota United FC six seasons of experience in the NASL and its predecessor leagues. 2013 will be his third season in a Minnesota uniform.
- A native of Machado, Brazil
- Played for four teams in the lower leagues of Brazil before joining Miami FC in 2007
- Also plays indoor soccer professionally for the Missouri Comets during the offseason
2013: Re-signed with Minnesota United FC in late February, rejoining the team at the conclusion of the 2012-2013 MISL season with the Missouri Comets. 2013 was the Brazilian center back’s third season in Minnesota. Appeared 18 times and played 1,542 minutes scoring two goals total. Appeared 7 times as a substitute and was never substituted out. Was included in the NASL Team of The Week twice and was named NASL Player of The Week once in 2013.
2012: Made 19 appearances in all competitions for Minnesota, scoring his first goal for the club in a 1-1 draw with FC Edmonton on August 25. Also earned NASL Defensive Player of the Week honors for Week 5 performance in a 2-0 victory against the Atlanta Silverbacks.
2011: Acquired as a free agent by Minnesota. Played in 23 games, including every minute of the run through the playoffs to the NASL Championship.
2007-2010: Featured in 79 games for Miami FC.
Pre-2007: Played in the lower leagues of Brazil for four teams: São Carlos, São Bento, Osasco and Desportivo Brasil.
2013: Re-signed with Minnesota United FC in late February, rejoining the team at the conclusion of the 2012-2013 MISL season with the Missouri Comets.
After winning the 2012 regular season championship with the San Antonio Scorpions, Aaron Pitchkolan signed with Minnesota in January 2013, giving United options in both central midfield and central defense and years of experience across the American professional soccer landscape.
- A versatile player who can play as either a midfielder or a center back.
- Began his professional career with FC Dallas of Major League Soccer, making 68 league appearances and scoring five goals from 2005-2009.
- Voted to league Best XI in 2010 as a member of the Rochester Rhinos.
2013: Signed in January with Minnesota United FC. With a header to feed Lucas Rodriguez, Pitchkolan recorded the club's first assist on April 20 against FC Edmonton. The next week, he scored his first goal with Minnesota, a game-winner in a 3-2 victory at Atlanta. Pitchkolan scored two goals and contributed one assist in 2013, playing 1,665 minutes with 20 appearances for Minnesota. A versatile player who can take the role of midfielder or center back. Named to the NASL Best XI in 2013 for playing a key role on the defense and was selected to the NASL Team of The Week three times throughout the year.
2012: Signed for the expansion San Antonio Scorpions, helping the new side win the regular season championship and reach the playoff semifinals. Pitchkolan made 25 appearances for San Antonio in NASL play, scoring two goals. He also played all 300 minutes of San Antonio's run to the fourth round of the US Open Cup
2011: Signed with the Puerto Rico Islanders in the NASL, helping the Islanders to a second-place finish in the regular season, a second consecutive CFU Club Championship and a playoff semifinal appearance. Pitchkolan made 29 league and playoff appearances, all starts, scoring three goals in league play.
2010: After being waived by San Jose, Pitchkolan signed for the Rochester Rhinos to play in the temporary USSF Division 2 Pro League and was an integral part of a side that won a regular season championship. Pitchkolan made 27 appearances for the Rhinos, contributing three goals and three assists. His performances earned his a spot on the USSF D2 Pro League Best XI team.
2009: Early in his fifth MLS season, FC Dallas traded Pitchkolan to the San Jose Earthquakes, for whom he made nine appearances, primarily as a defender.
2005-2009: Drafted in the second round of the MLS Supplemental draft by FC Dallas, Pitchkolan began a five-year Major League Soccer career. In just over four seasons with FC Dallas, Pitchkolan made 68 league appearances and scored five goals. He was also a part of the 2005 and 2007 FC Dallas squads that reached the final of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, losing in 2005 to the LA Galaxy and in 2007 to the New England Revolution.
2004: Made 19 appearances and scored two goals for the Boulder Rapids Reserves, the Colorado Rapids' U-23 side.
2002-2004: Transferred to Division I West Virginia University, where he made 54 appearances (52 starts), recording 11 goals and two assists.
2001: Played one collegiate season for the University of Tampa Spartans, making 19 appearances and helping the team win a DII National Championship.
|5||Midfield / Defender|
|Nationality||Bosnia and Herzegowina|
A versatile and physical player, Edi Buro gives Minnesota United FC depth in both defense and the midfield. Buro is in his second season in Minnesota after signing with the team prior to the 2012 season.
- Born in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- Moved to Brooklyn Park, Minn., and played collegiately at St. Paul’s Hamline University in 2006, making 17 appearances for the Pipers.
- Returned to Bosnia and Herzegovina to play in the Premier League from 2010-2012 for FK Budućnost Banovići and NK Travnik.
2013: Edi Buro’s second season with Minnesota after joining the Minnesota Stars FC from Bosnian Premier League side NK Travnik. Buro adds depth in both defense and midfield for Minnesota. Made two appearances for the team, participating in the July 23rd international friendly win against the Thunder Bay Chill. Minnesota United defeated the Chill 4-0.
2012: Signed with Minnesota Stars FC during the preseason, making two appearances as the club reached the NASL Championship Se
2011-2012: Joined Bosnian Premier League side NK Travnik, making two league appearances as the club finished eighth out of 16 teams.
2010-2011: Made two appearances in the Bosnian Premier League with FK Budućnost Banovići, who were relegated to the second division following the season.
2006: Made 17 appearances for Hamline University, recording two assist
The longest-tenured player on Minnesota’s roster wears many hats for the club. Not only is the Californian a defender, he’s also in his fourth season as an assistant coach and his third working in the team’s front office.
- Played collegiately for Southern Methodist University, where he was coached by current FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman.
- 2013 will be his tenth season in Minnesota after joining the Minnesota Thunder in 2004.
- Drafted in the sixth round of the 2003 MLS Superdraft by the Kansas City Wizards.
- One of the United States’ appearance leaders in soccer at the Maccabiah Games, having played in five Maccabi events.
- Off the field, Friedland enjoys painting, reading and stand-up paddling
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Simone Bracalello arrived in Minnesota at the recommendation of a friend in the Carolina RailHawks organization. The Italian forward impressed the coaching staff at the Stars’ open tryout in 2010 with his powerful shot and smooth finishing and has grown into one of the team’s most dangerous offensive weapons, capable of playing on the wings, in the center behind a striker or as part of a striking tandem.
- Native of Genoa, Italy, where he played in UC Samporia’s youth academy for four years.
- Made his professional debut in Serie C2 (Italian fourth division) at age 17 with Savona 1907 FBC.
- Professional experience in Italy includes stays with Savona, Calcio Como, FC Vado, Sestri Levante, Pontedecimo Polis and AC Prato.
- Leading scorer in Stars/United history with 22 goals in all competitions (19 in the league).
- Career highlights with Minnesota include Minnesota United’s first-ever goal, a goal against Real Salt Lake in the 2012 US Open Cup and a highlight-reel free kick against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in 2011.
- Has attended University of Minnesota Italian language classes as a guest speaker to talk about his soccer career and Italy.
- Favorite Twin Cities restaurant is The Butcher and the Boar.
2013: Bracalello led the team in shots for the 2013 season with 35 total and was second only to Pablo Campos in shots on goal with 13. As a dangerous offensive weapon for Minnesota, Bracalello scored seven goals total and tallied six assists playing 1,520 minutes. Was named to the NASL Team of The Week twice and NASL Player of The Month in 2013.
2010-2012: After a year spent on trial in Italy and Australia, Bracalello impressed at the Minnesota Stars' 2010 combine, making the team and finishing the 2010 and 2011 seasons as the leading scorer. Bracalello has made more than 70 appearances in all competitions in Minnesota, scoring 22 goals.
2007-2008: Joined Serie C2 (fourth division) side AC Prato, making 23 appearances and scoring three goals.
2006-2007: Enjoyed a breakout season with Pontedecimo Polis, scoring 12 goals in 26 appearances.
2005-2006 Bracalello joined USD Sestri Levante 1919 and played a similar role to his time at Vado, making 27 appearances and scoring one goal.
2004-2005: Signed for FC Vado and became a first-team regular in midfield, making 28 appearances and scoring two goals.
2003-2004: Joined Calcio Como but did not make a first-team appearance.
2002-2003: Made professional debut at age 17 with Savona 1907 FBC in the Italian Serie 2 (fourth division). His debut was his only first-team appearance for Savona.
The Albuquerque, N.M., native began his professional career with Minnesota in 2012
- Can walk on stilts.
- Likes Jazz and country music
- Favorite food is Thai food.
- Favorite soccer player growing up was Eric Cantona
2013: The Albuquerque, N.M. native’s second season with Minnesota United FC. Played 1,164 minutes scoring one goal and taking two shots on net. Took nine shots total in the season and made 15 appearances for the team. Came in twice as a center back substitute during the season.
Pre-professional: Reed was a standout as a four-year letterman at Albuquerque's Sandia High School before playing college soccer at the University of New Mexico. After redshirting as a true freshman in 2006, Reed went on to start 60 of his 76 appearances with the Lobos, scoring three goals and recording 11 assists. His senior season in 2010 was his most productive, as he started all 20 games, recording two goals and six assists.
Campos signed as a free agent with Minnesota in January, joining five other free agent signings, including Etienne Barbara, his 2011 strike partner in Carolina. Campos was the second highest scorer in the NASL for the 2013 season with 13 goals total
- Native of Rio de Janiero, Brazil.
- Played two seasons in Major League Soccer for San Jose Earthquakes and Real Salt Lake, winning the 2009 MLS Cup with RSL.
- Has also played in Sweden for GAIS, a club based in Gothenburg.
2013: Campos signed as a free agent with Minnesota in January, joining five other free agent signings, including Etienne Barbara, his 2011 strike partner in Carolina. Campos was the second highest scorer in the NASL for the 2013 season with 13 goals total. Was named to the NASL Team of The Week five times and NASL Player of The Week twice. Had the most shots on goal in the team with 19 and 24 shots total after playing 1,980 minutes in the season. Contributed fives assists total, tied for the highest on the team with Simone Bracalello.
2012: Campos' form in 2011 was rewarded during free agency by the San Antonio Scorpions, who relied on the 6-foot-3 forward for much of its offense in its inaugural season. Campos improved on his performance from the year before, tallying a total of 21total goals (regular season and playoffs) in 30 appearances in NASL play and two additional goals in three US Open Cup appearances. Campos earned the NASL Golden Boot as the league's leading scorer and was named the league's MVP for helping lead San Antonio to the league's regular-season championship.
2011: Campos had a breakout season for the Carolina RailHawks in the NASL's first season of competition, though his excellent season was overshadowed by the goalscoring exploits of teammate Etienne Barbara. Campos finished the regular season ranked second in the league with 12 goals for Carolina before adding a hat trick in a semifinal loss during the playoffs.
2009-2010: Campos was acquired via trade by Real Salt Lake. He made 11 appearances for RSL, recording two goals and three assists and earning a championship ring as a member of RSL's MLS Cup winning side. Minutes were harder to come by for the defending champions in 2010, and Campos recorded a single assist in 16 appearances before parting ways with RSL at the end of the 2010 season.
2009: Campos returned to the United States, signing a contract with MLS. His name was entered into a weighted lottery, with the San Jose Earthquakes winning his services in the drawing. He scored two goals and added two assists in 14 games for San Jose before being traded midway through the 2009 MLS season.
2008-2009: Joined GAIS of the Swedish Allvenskan midway through the 2008 campaign, making eight appearances in total. He left Sweden prior to the start of the following season.
2007-2008: Campos began to gain national attention in two seasons in the PDL with the Fresno Fuego. All told, Campos scored 32 goals in 25 appearances for Fresno, earning honors as the PDL's top scorer and MVP in 2007. He was courted by Major League Soccer as early as 2007, but opted instead to begin his professional career overseas.
College: Oklahoma Baptist University (NAIA) and Fresno Pacific University (NAIA)
Youth: Member of the academy teams of Guarani and Botafogo in his native Brazil
Ambersley came to Minnesota United FC in-between the 2013 Spring and Fall Seasons via a trade with the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Ambersley helped lead the Rowdies to the 2012 NASL Soccer Bowl Championship over Minnesota.
- Native of St. Louis, Missouri.
- Won 2 NCAA Championships at the University of Indiana.
- Played for the United States U-20 team in 2002.
- Drafted by FC Dallas in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft.
- Named to the NASL 2011 Best XI team.
2013: Mike Ambersley came to Minnesota United FC in between the 2013 Spring and Fall seasons via a trade with the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Ambersley helped lead Tampa Bay to the 2012 NASL Soccer Bowl Championship win over Minnesota. Tallied two assists and played 768 minutes, making 13 appearances in 2013. Was part of eight starting lineups in 2013, coming in five times and going out four as a substitute
Forward Max Griffin signed with the club on March 1, 2013 after three seasons at the USLPro level. He was the 2010 USSF D2 Rookie of the Year with the Austin Aztex and moved with the club to Orlando following the 2010 season. He spent 2011 and part of 2012 with Austin before completing the season on loan with the LA Blues.
- USSF D2 Rookie of the Year in 2010 after notching 11 goals and five assists with the Austin Aztex.
- Has 29 career goals to his name in his first three seasons as a professional.
- Played four matches in Major League Soccer in 2011 while on loan with the San Jose Earthquakes following the completion of the USLPro season.
- Has an older brother, Leonard, who was a teammate in Austin in 2010 and with the LA Blues in 2012.
2013: Griffin signed during the offseason for Minnesota United FC and made his debut in the team's 2-0 victory against FC Edmonton on April 20, drawing a penalty kick to set up the game's first goal. Griffin made 14 appearances for Minnesota United FC in 2013, playing 642 minutes total. Scored one goal and contributed one assist with four shots total in the season. Came in six times and went out eight times as a substitute with one yellow card.
2012: To help return to form after recovering from injury, Griffin joined the LA Blues on loan from Orlando City, making nine appearances and scoring four goals
2011-2012: Griffin moved with the Aztex when they relocated to Florida and became the Orlando City Soccer Club. Griffin was part of OCSC's side in 2011 that won the USL Pro Regular Season and Playoff championships. In two partial seasons with OCSC, Griffin scored 14 goals in all competitions. Griffin also spent time with MLS's San Jose Earthquakes after the completion of the 2011 USL Pro season.
2010: At the recommendation of his brother Leonard, Griffin was invited to try out for the Austin Aztex before the 2010 USSF D2 Pro League season. Griffin not only made the team, but earned the 2010 USSF Rookie of the Year award after posting 11 goals in 31 games in USSF D2 Pro competition.
2006-2009: Ranks in the all-time top 10 goalscorers at UCLA with 28 goals career goals and was part of the 2006 Bruins side that reached the NCAA Championship final. During his college career, he spent three seasons in the PDL, two with the San Fernando Valley Quakes (2006 and 2008) and one with the Los Angeles Legends (2009).
A fan favorite in Minnesota, Kentaro Takada has been a constant figure in Manny Lagos’ midfield since 2010. The Hokuto, Japan native tried out during Minnesota’s inaugural combine in 2010.
- Scored the first goal in the history of the relaunched NASL on April 9, 2011, taking a cross from Jeff Cosgriff in stride before beating Atlanta goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer early in the second half of the Minnesota’s season-opening 2-1 win against the Silverbacks
- Played collegiately for Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan
- Played from 2006-2008 in the JS League for Thespa Kusatsu
- Favorite super hero is Godzilla
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|2008||Thespa Kusatsu (JAP)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|2009||Rochester Thunder (PDL)||16||1,270||1||0||0||0|
One of the longest-tenured players on Minnesota’s roster, Kallman has spent his entire professional career in his own backyard. Having grown up in Woodbury, Minn., Kallman is the only Minnesota native currently on the Minnesota United FC roster.
- Vice-captain of the club since the start of the 2012 NASL season
- Joined the Minnesota Thunder in 2006
- Played three college seasons for Jacksonville University before transferring to college soccer power Creighton University
- Comes from a soccer-playing family, with a younger brother who just completed his college career at Creighton, two sisters who have played professionally and a younger sister who is part of the US Women’s U20 National Team player pool
- Outside interests include video games, lawn games and water sports with his family
- Nicknames are “BK” and “caveman”.
Sean de Silva
|Nationality||Trinidad and Tobago|
Sean de Silva begins his professional career in Minnesota. Despite his youth, de Silva brings United FC experience at the collegiate, youth international and senior international level.
- A native of Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
- Two-time all-conference first team member while competing collegiately for College of Charleston
- Has made 10 appearances for Trinidad and Tobago at the youth international level, scoring two goals for the country’s U23 team
- Has made two appearances for the full Trinidad and Tobago squad
2013: The Trinidad and Tobago national signed with Minnesota United FC in May 2013. Played 32 minutes and made three appearances as a substitute for Minnesota United FC in 2013.
2008-2011: Sean de Silva was a two-time first-team all-conference player at the College of Charleston. In three collegiate seasons at CoC, de Silva recorded 13 goals and 14 assists in 56 appearances. He sat out the 2009 season while competing for Trinidad and Tobago at the FIFA U20 World Cup.
International: de Silva has represented Trinidad and Tobago at the international level beginning at the U17 age group. He has made 10 appearances as a youth international for T&T, appearing in the 2007 FIFA U17 World Cup and 2009 U20 World Cup. He has two goals to his name for the country's U23 side. He made his full international debut in March 2009 and has one additional full international cap to his name.
After impressing during offseason training with Minnesota United FC, Luis Heitor-Piffer will begin his professional career in the Twin Cities after signing with the club early in the 2013 Spring Season. A left-footed player who can play capably in multiple roles along the wing, Heitor-Piffer will look to emulate the development of wide players like Justin Davis, Miguel Ibarra and Lucas Rodriguez under the watch of Minnesota’s coaching staff.
- Native of Amparo, Brazil
- Named Midwest Collegiate Conference’s Player of the Year during both seasons he played at NAIA’s Grand View University, where he scored 22 goals and had 14 assists for his career
- Can play either midfield or defense
2013: Signed with Minnesota United FC in April 2013. Played 20 minutes with a midfield role that’s capable of playing along the wing. Luis Heitor-Piffer looks to build on his performance during off-season training in early 2013.
2010-2011: Transferred to NAIA school Grand View University, where he earned back-to-back conference player of the year awards, scoring 22 goals and dishing out 14 assists.
2008-2009: Played two seasons with Marshalltown Community College.
2013: Signed with Minnesota United FC in April 2013.
Center back Connor Tobin returns to Minnesota for a second season after establishing himself as a first-choice on the back line during the 2012 season. The 6-foot-2 defender brings Minnesota professional experience in the US and Norway, as well as leadership experience built during a two-year stint as an assistant at the University of New Hampshire.
- Native of Fort Collins, Colo.
- Was a collegiate standout at the University of Vermont, where he ranks in the Catamounts’ all-time top 10 in appearances with 77, 76 of which were starts
- Was named the America East Defender of the Year as a senior and was a three-time member of the All-America East Academic Team as a mechanical engineering major
- Nicknames are “Turbo” and “Tobes”.
- First job was working at a garden shop.
2013: 2013 was the second season that Tobin has been with Minnesota after establishing himself as a first-choice on the back line during the 2012 season. Accrued two shots total and two shots on goal for the season. Scored one goal and gained one assist after playing 1,450 minutes on the field. Was named to the NASL Team of The Week once in 2013.
2012: Tobin signed for Minnesota, spending most of the first half of the season as a substitute before establishing himself as a first-choice centerback alongside Kyle Altman during the second half of the year and through the team's run to the NASL Championship Series. Tobin assisted Martin Nunez's stoppage time goal in the first leg of the Championship Series.
2011: Returned to the United States, signing for USL Pro club Rochester Rhinos. Tobin made 15 appearances for the Rhinos, scoring one goal.2010: Signed for Norwegian second-division side Nybergsund IL-Trysil, making 19 league appearances and scoring one goal.
2005-2008: Made 77 appearances (76 starts) for the University of Vermont Catamounts, scoring four goals and four assists. He was a member of the NSCAA All-Northeast Regional team and won the 2007 America East Men's Soccer Scholar-Athlete award.
After lettering all four years during his college career, Travis Wall began his professional career in Minnesota in 2012, signing with the club on April 12, 2012.
- Native of Columbus, Ohio
- Named the 2011 Division III Player of the Year by the NSCAA for his role in helping OWU claim the DIII National Championship, the school’s second. In his college career, Wall scored 49 goals and recorded 36 assists in 89 games
- Majored in sports management with a journalism minor
- Has a brother and sister who also each lettered in soccer at Ohio Wesleyan
2013: 2013 was Wall’s second season with Minnesota United FC. Played 157 minutes and made nine appearances for the season. Received one yellow card. Came in eight times and went out once as a substitute
2012: Signed with Minnesota in April 2012. In his rookie season, Wall made three appearances in all competitions, including one start.
2008-2011: Was a four-year letterman and standout at Ohio Wesleyan University, helping lead the team to the 2011 DIII NCAA Championship. He was the 2011 DIII Player of the Year. In his career, Wall made 89 appearances for the Battling Bishops, recording 49 goals and 36 assists.
Another young player with a bright future, Kevin Venegas left a lasting impact on the North American Soccer League in 2012. Capable of playing on either wing or on defense, Venegas possesses a powerful right foot.
- Native of Los Angeles suburb Norwalk, Calif.
- Played college soccer for California State University, Fullerton
- Selected by Chivas USA in the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft
- His first career goal, a swerving shot from distance against the Carolina RailHawks, was voted the 2012 North American Soccer League Play of the Year
- Also scored a header in Minnesota’s 2012 US Open Cup third round upset of Real Salt Lake
2013: 2013 was the second season with Minnesota United FC for Venegas. Played 1,101 minutes for the team and made 16 appearances for the season. Had two shots total and one shot on goal.
2012: In his first professional season, Venegas was a regular starter in midfield for Minnesota. In all competitions, Venegas made 24 appearances (18 starts), recording two goals and an assist.
2008-2011: Made 74 appearances at California State University, Fullerton, where he scored 16 goals and recorded 11 assists.
A speedy wide player who likes to jump into the attack, Miguel Ibarra is the fastest player on the Minnesota United FC roster and another wide player growing professionally under the tutelage of Manny Lagos and Carl Craig. His rookie season in 2012 gave Minnesota a constant threat from the wings, and 2013 and beyond promises even more for the 5-foot-7 Ibarra, who pledged his future to the club during the offseason by signing a contract extension.
- Native of Lancaster, Calif.
- Was a first-team All American in 2011 as he concluded his collegiate career with the University of California, Irvine
- Started from game one for Minnesota as a rookie, making 30 appearances in all competitions, scoring five goals (including the game-winner in Minnesota’s 2-1 win at Puerto Rico to open the playoffs) and adding five assists
2013: 2013 was Ibarra’s second season with Minnesota United FC after joining in March 2012. The fast-paced forward made 26 appearances in 2013 and played 1,962 minutes on the field. Had 11 shots total and four shots on goal for the season, scoring one goal in the process. Tallied three assists. Was named to the NASL Team of The week three times in 2013. Was named to the NASL Best XI for the 2013 season.
2012: Despite going deep into the Portland Timbers' preseason camp, Ibarra found his way to Minnesota in March 2012 and entrenched himself immediately in Manny Lagos' midfield. In 30 appearances in all competitions, Ibarra recorded five goals and five assists, including a game-winning goal against Puerto Rico in the first round of the playoffs and an assist in the NASL Championship Series against the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
2010-2011: Transferred to the University of California, Irvine to complete his college career with the Anteaters. With nine goals and eight assists as a senior, Ibarra was named the Big West Co-Offensive Player of the Year and to the All-Big West First Team. 2009-2010: Played in the NPSL during the college offseason, making 43 appearances for the Lancaster Rattlers and scoring 12 goals.
2008-2009: Opened his college career at Taft College, where he was named the Central Valley Conference MVP before moving on from the junior college to compete at the NCAA DI level.
2011: Played one season in the PDL with Orange County Blue Star, making four appearances.
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A late season addition to Minnesota’s lineup in 2012, Nate Polak made an impact as both a starter and a sub as Manny Lagos’ side pushed for the playoffs and onto the NASL Championship Series.
- Native of Lincoln, Neb.
- Began college career at Drake University before transferring to Hastings College, where he helped lead the team to an NAIA Championship in 2010 and a runner-up finish in 2011
- Scored his first professional goal Sept. 11, 2012, in a 4-0 win against the Puerto Rico Islanders
2013: 2013 was Polak’s second year with Minnesota United FC after joining in August 2012. Played seven minutes and had one appearance in 2013. Participated in the last match of the season when Minnesota defeated the Tampa Bay Rowdies 6-4.
2012: After spending the summer training with Minnesota, Polak earned his first professional contract in August 2012. He made seven appearances (three starts) through the end of the NASL season and the playoffs, scoring one goal.
2009-2011: Was a standout at NAIA school Hastings College, where he won the 2010 NAIA National Championship. In three seasons with the Broncos, he recorded 43 goals and 30 assists.
2008: Made three appearances as a freshman at Drake University.
The younger brother of Minnesota vice-captain Brian Kallman, Brent Kallman is following a path similar to his brother’s, playing collegiately at Creighton University then signing for his hometown club. Brent begins his professional career with Minnesota United FC after signing his first professional contract.
- A native of Woodbury, Minn., he and his older brother, Brian, give United FC two native Minnesotans on the 2013 roster.
- Played collegiately for Creighton University, making appearances in the NCAA College Cup (national semifinal) in 2011 and 2012
- Played in the USL PDL in 2012 for the Des Moines Menace
- Enjoys eating Nutella.
- Favorite soccer player is Cristiano Ronaldo.
2013: Signed with Minnesota United FC in May 2013. Played 90 minutes and made one appearance for Minnesota in 2013. Tallied one assist for the season.
2009-2012: Played collegiate soccer for the Creighton University Bluejays. Was named to the Missouri Valley Conference all-freshman team in 2009. In his career, primarily used as a defender, Kallman made 78 appearances and 38 starts, recording three career goals and five assists. During his career at Creighton, the Bluejays reached the NCAA tournament three times and participated in two College Cups (semifinals) in 2011 and 2012.
Matt Van Oekel
After waiting in the wings during a professional career spent entirely in Minnesota, Matt Van Oekel enjoyed an excellent season for Minnesota in 2012 in his first year as the club’s starter, helping guide the team to the NASL Championship Series and within a penalty shootout of repeating as champions.
- Native of Chesapeake, Va.
- Played one season for Longwood University before transferring to Rutgers University, where he made 47 appearances.
- Signed with the Minnesota Thunder in 2009.
- Made 30 appearances in all competitions in 2012, recording 2,730 minutes and posting a 1.15 goals against average and making nine shutouts.
- Favorite TV show is Game of Thrones.
- Favorite soccer player growing up was Edwin Van Der Sar.
- Eats a Reese’s peanut butter cup before every game.
2013: 2013 was VanOekel’s fourth year playing for Minnesota after signing with the Minnesota Thunder in 2009. VanOekel was starting goalkeeper for much of the season, making 18 saves as a season total. Had 18 goals against after playing 1,620 minutes and posted two shutouts. Made 18 appearances starting in all of them. Was named to the NASL Team of The Week twice and NASL Player of The Week once in 2013.
2010-2012: Spent two seasons as a back up before assuming the starting role in 2012. Since 2010, has made 37 appearances (36 starts), posting a 1.26 goals-against-average.
2008-2009:: Made one appearance for the Minnesota Thunder after beginning his professional career.
2005-2007: Made 47 appearances for Rutgers University after transferring to the Big East school, winning 20 career games.
2004: Played one season at Longwood University in Farmville, Va.
Argentina-born midfielder Lucas Rodriguez has spent his whole professional career in Minnesota since debuting for the club in 2010. In 2011, he established himself as a cog in the team’s midfield and developed a penchant for timely goals, including his wonderful solo goal to ice the 2011 NASL Championship Series and bring the Soccer Bowl to Minnesota.
- Native of Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Moved to the Kansas City area with his family in 1997
- Played collegiately at Johnson County Community College and MidAmerica Nazarene University
- Plays indoor soccer for the Missouri Comets during the winter season and was the 2010-11 MISL Rookie of the Year
- Is the only player to score in more than one NASL Championship Series having tallied goals in 2011 and 2012
2013: Rodriguez had his third season with Minnesota in 2013 after joining the Minnesota NSC Stars in 2010. Played 746 minutes scoring one goal and adding two assists. Made 11 appearances for Minnesota United FC in 2013. Came in once and went out 10 times as a substitute.
2010-2012: Has played entirety of his professional outdoor soccer career in Minnesota, making 54 appearances, scoring six goals and providing four assists.
2008-2009: Was an all American and conference MVP at MidAmerica Nazarene University after transferring to the NAIA school.
2006-2007: Played two seasons of junior college soccer for Johnson County Community College.
The 33-year-old goalkeeper bounced back from knee surgery in 2012 to man the net for the stingiest defense in the North American Soccer League. Daryl Sattler joined Minnesota in January after career stops in Nashville, Memphis, Atlanta, Wilmington, Tampa Bay and San Antonio.
- Won the NASL Golden Gloves award in 2012 after posting a 0.79 goals against average for the San Antonio Scorpions
- Voted Team MVP and Best Defensive Player by the supporters of FC Tampa Bay (now the Rowdies) in the club’s inaugural 2010 season
- Also an experienced coach, having served as goalkeeper coach at Sun Belt Conference schools David Lipscomb University and assistant head coach at Jacksonville University
2013: Joined Minnesota United FC in January 2013 after knee surgery and a season with the San Antonio Scorpions. Played 540 minutes and made six appearances for Minnesota in 2013. Had 14 saves and nine goals against total in the season.
2012: Recovered from his torn ACL, Sattler signed with the expansion San Antonio Scorpions and took over the team's starting role after Pat Hannigan suffered a season-ending injury early in the year. As the unquestioned starter for San Antonio, Sattler won the 2012 NASL Golden Gloves award for the lowest goals-against-average and helped San Antonio win the 2012 Regular Season championship.
2010-2011: Joined FC Tampa Bay and emerged as the team's first choice goalkeeper in 2010. In 2011, he looked poised to lead Tampa once again before a torn ACL ended his season.
2009: Sattler left Atlanta and enjoyed a better run with the Wilmington Hammerheads, where he made 13 appearances as the team's first-choice goalkeeper, but a season-ending injury ended his single season in the USL Second Division
2007-2008: His PDL performances (which came while he was also coaching full-time) caught the eye of the Atlanta Silverbacks in the USL First Division, but his stay in Atlanta was a frustrating one in which he made no first team appearances.
2006: Returned to the Nashville Metros and enjoyed a breakout year in the PDL, making 89 saves in 14 appearances.
2005: Played in the PDL with Memphis Express, making five appearances.
2003-2004: Played with PDL side Nashville Metros, making 34 appearances.
2000-2003: Was a four-year starter for the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, where he set a school record for career shutouts.
- 2013 Roster
- 0 Floyd Franks
- 1 Mitch Hildebrandt
- 2 Justin Davis
- 3 Cristiano Dias
- 4 Aaron Pitchkolan
- 5 Edi Buro
- 6 Kevin Friedland
- 7 Simone Bracalello
- 8 Michael Reed
- 9 Pablo Campos
- 10 Mike Ambersley
- 11 Max Griffin
- 13 Kentaro Takada
- 14 Brian Kallman
- 15 Sean de Silva
- 16 Calum Mallace
- 17 Omar Daley
- 19 Luis Heitor-Piffer
- 20 Connor Tobin
- 21 Travis Wall
- 22 Kevin Venegas
- 23 Miguel Ibarra
- 25 Nate Polak
- 27 Brent Kallman
- 28 Sinisa Ubiparipovic
- 30 Matt Van Oekel
- 32 Lucas Rodriguez
- 33 Daryl Sattler