Minnesota United purchase veteran fullback Jukka Raitala in commerce with CF Montréal

TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Commerce

Minnesota United have acquired Finnish international Jukka Raitala in a commerce with CF Montréal, it was introduced Thursday.

CF Montréal acquired the rights of 2020 SuperDraft draftee Andrew Sales space and Raitala, who will take up an international slot, has signed a new contract with the Loons. 

“We’re including an extremely invaluable player,” Minnesota coach Adrian Heath stated in a press release. “Jukka is somebody who understands our league and has some spectacular nationwide team expertise with Finland – the place he’s after all teammates on the nationwide level with Robin Lod.  So we all know what to expect from him from day one right here in Minnesota. He’s an skilled defender who will proceed to uplift our roster and present competition at our fullback spot. I’ve at all times stated the best factor for players is competition and we now have little question he’ll come right here anticipating to play and elevate our membership and group.”

The 32-year-old left back spent three years in Montréal, beginning 63 of the 69 matches he appeared in, together with all 15 of the 2020 season.

He joined Columbus Crew SC in 2017 after spending the earlier season as a daily starter for Sogndal IL within the Norwegian First Division. Raitala appeared in 28 matches for the Crew, earlier than being chosen by LAFC within the 2017 Enlargement Draft and subsequently traded to Montréal.

Raitala has been capped 53 occasions for Finland after making his debut at age 20 in an international friendly against Japan. Sales space, a 23-year-old defender, was signed by Greenville Triumph SC for the stretch drive of the USL League One season in September, showing in seven matches and scoring as soon as.

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