Minnesota United restructures its soccer operations

Minnesota United restructured the soccer side of its front-office organization:

-- Sporting director Manny Lagos (right in photo) was named chief soccer officer and will oversee the Minnesota United sporting department;
-- Assistant Coach Mark Watson will be named technical director and will oversee the construction of the first-team roster, allowing Lagos to work on other soccer projects; and
-- Head athletic trainer Stacey Hardin will be the senior director of player health and performance.
 
“When we entered MLS in 2017, our first priorities were the development and foundation of our first-team roster and the construction and opening of Allianz Field. Having successfully achieved those objectives, we felt it was important to restructure parts of our sporting department in order to continue to grow and evolve as a club,” said MNUFC CEO Chris Wright. “Making these moves now prepares us for what’s ahead as we further develop the vision for our academy, a potential reserve team and the enhancement of our training facility. All of this demands an incredible amount of thought, planning and focus. We all believe this restructure will give us that.”

Minnesota United made the playoffs for the first time in 2019 and reached the U.S. Open final. It followed one of the most successful overhauls of a roster in recent MLS history.

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