Minnesota United announced the signing of its first Designated Player on Saturday.
That historic figure is Darwin Quintero, the 30-year-old Club America winger arriving on a low $200,000 transfer fee.
Quintero was more playmaker than finisher for the Mexico City club, where he fell out of favor with the Mexico City club after a successful run with Santos Laguna.
The diminutive player stands 5-foot-5 and will face a physical test in MLS, but should produce at a good clip for the Loons.
And it’s great news for big target man Christian Ramirez.
Here’s coach Adrian Heath, from mnufc.com:
“Bringing a player with Darwin’s quality and pedigree is another step in the right direction for this club,” said MNUFC Head Coach Adrian Heath. “He’s a player with the finishing of a striker and the vision to open play up, he’s got great technical ability and our players will enjoy playing with him. We are delighted he has decided to join — he didn’t need a lot of persuading after hearing about the club’s growth, Allianz Field and our incredible fans. The fact that he has only had two different clubs in the past 10 years shows you he wants to be part of a something. He wants to help this club and this community.”
Honestly, this is one of those signings which should be good for the club, but could present some with a step back in perception if he’s an out-and-out, top-of-the-pops star.