MLS is Back semifinalist Minnesota United signed Malian international defender Bakaye Dibassy
from French Ligue 2 club Amiens.
Dibassy, who had one year left on his contract, was a
key player when Amiens gained promotion to Ligue 2 in 2017 and Ligue 1 in 2018. It was relegated in April when the French season was shut down.
Dibassy was signed with TAM and will become
eligible to be registered after the transfer window opens on Aug. 12, one day after the MLS is Back final. He can play either position on the left side of the backline. Michael
and Jose Aja
have been playing in the middle at MLS is Back while Ike Opara
, the 2019 MLS Defender of the Year, rehabs. Second-year defender Chase Gasper
starting left back. Hassani Dotson
has been starting at right back in place of injured Romain Metanire
, an MLS all-star in 2019, his first season in the league after also arriving from
“Acquiring someone like Dibassy, who possesses experience, versatility and incredible athleticism — who has played so many games in the top leagues in France —
is a huge boost for the club,” said MNUFC coach Adrian Heath
. “I liken him to Romain Metanire – very strong, loves to run, loads of experience and a great character fit for
this club. We are delighted to bring him in.”