Minnesota United announced on Tuesday that they have signed French left-back Wilfried Moimbe from Ligue 2 side AS Nancy. Although the team did not disclose the specifics of the deal, The Athletic’s Jeff Rueter reports that Moimbe inked a short term deal that will keep him with the organization through 2019 MLS season.
With this move, Minnesota wanted to maintain flexibility after the end of the season while also adding experience and depth to their roster as they are making their way up the Western Conference standings.
“We’ve added another experienced piece [in Wilfried] to what’s going to be a really important last half of the season – he’s vastly experienced, very athletic,” – said Minnesota’s head coach Adrian Heath in a statement. “We’ve been so pleased with Chase Gasper’s emergence but we are mindful of the fact that Chase is the only natural left back that we have on the roster at this moment in time. This will bring added competition.”
“It’s another important piece because we want to keep incrementally adding to the squad and improving the already talented roster that we have. We feel as though this will be important for us moving forward for the rest of the season.” – he added.
Moimbe played most of his professional career in native France, excluding the short stint in 2018 with English Championship side Oldham Athletic. He joined Nancy in September of 2018 and has played 24 games with the club since then, scoring one goal.