Mon, 17 Feb 2020

Minnesota United extends coach Heath, adds D Musa

Field Level Media
18 Jan 2020, 07:19 GMT+10

Minnesota United signed coach Adrian Heath to an extension through the 2022 season, the team announced.

Heath's contract was set to expire after the 2020 campaign.

Heath has been the franchise's only coach since it joined the MLS and he guided the club to its first playoff appearance last season. The Loons were 15-11-8 with a club-record 53 points.

Overall, the 59-year-old Heath is 36-49-17 in his three seasons with Minnesota.

"I'm delighted to get it sorted and really excited about where we can go from what we've just done," Heath said in a statement. "It's well documented that the first two years were a struggle but we always talked about having a three-year plan and we'll see where we are at the end of the three years.

"When I look back at the year, making the Open Cup final, getting a home playoff game, being disappointed to lose to a team like the LA Galaxy who spend all the money they do and the players they have, it shows you how far we've come. The most important thing is we have to push on now, we can't rest on what we've done."

Counting parts of two seasons with Orlando City, Heath has a 52-67-33 record in five MLS campaigns.

Minnesota also added midfielder James Musa, a New Zealand international.

The 27-year-old Musa played in one game for Sporting Kansas City in 2017.

"Physically, he's very imposing, very athletic," Heath said of Musa in a news release. "Really good personality, he's very strong-willed and we think he's going to come in and try to compete. He knows it's going to be tough but he's prepared to embrace the challenge and compete for a starting spot. He's got the opportunity, so it's up to him to take it."

--Field Level Media

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