MLS Moves: Loons line up Swiss defender

Another area of need – outside back – has been addressed by Minnesota United FC as it prepares for its first MLS match next week.

In the case of Jerome Thiesson, MNUFC is covering both corners, as the veteran of more than 300 club matches can play on either side. “He’s incredibly versatile with two great feet and can play left back and right back,” said head coach Adrian Heath in a press release announcing the acquisition. “He’s an important piece for us in an area we feel as though we’ve been a little bit short in terms of numbers.”

Thiesson, 29, joins the Loons from FC Luzern, for which he scored one goal and registered 10 assists in 145 matches since joining the team in 2011. He’s also played for AC Bellinzona, FC Wil, and FC Zurich, his hometown team. He was capped nine times at the U-21 and U-20 levels but never for the senior team.

Most of his professional games have been at right back. He’s also played on the left and in central midfield since his first-team debut for FC Wil in 2007, and is the seventh international player signed so far by the Loons. In addition to his Swiss League experience he has played in Swiss Cup matches.

Toronto FC held his MLS Discovery rights, so Minnesota United traded $50,000 in general allocation money to facilitate the deal.

“I am honored to be one of the select internationals that Minnesota United FC has chosen to be part of its inaugural season,” said Thiesson. “This unique experience to start a project from the beginning is not possible in Europe and so it made my difficult decision to leave FC Luzern easier. I want to thank FC Luzern and its fans for the five and a half fantastic years and applaud the administration for supporting my wish to come to Major League Soccer.”

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