Around MLS: Minnesota United turns to France's Ligue 2 for another defender

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 Boxall 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 is the 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 Ligue 2.

“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.”
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