Late last week the Minnesota United announced the signing of 28-year-old midfielder Jonny Steele.
The Northern Irish-born Steele has had experience in Major League Soccer and on his national team.
“I’ve seen all the exciting things Minnesota United has done over the past two years,” said Steele via the team website. “When the opportunity came up to join the roster I couldn’t pass it up. I’m a hard worker number one and I can’t wait to be playing football for a great club like United.”
Steele originally played in the North American Soccer League against Minnesota for teams in Syracuse, Carolina, Puerto Rico, Vancouver and Tampa Bay. For the last three seasons he played in MLS before deciding to move back to the NASL.
Steele also tweeted about looking forward to joining the club:
Steele adds more to a semifinal-worthy lineup that has NASL Golden Boot winner Christian Ramirez and also recently exercised 13 player options for next season.
Back on Dec. 11, the team also added former University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and USL forward J.C. Banks.
“J.C. is at a great age to join our roster and he is excited to continue to improve as a player,” said Minnesota United Head Coach and NASL Coach of the Year Manny Lagos via the team. “He’s excelled with his Rochester team and is a player who possesses strong technical ability, good speed and a good sense of the game. We see a lot of qualities that we like.”
The team also said that midfielder Greg Jordan extended his contract with the team. Jordan made 12 starts in 23 appearances, scoring a goal and providing three assists since joining the team at the beginning of the 2014 season.
The busy offseason also brought a new uniform and apparel manufacturer in Inaria to the regular-season winners.