When Minnesota United FC signed in front Luis Amarilla on a one-year loan with option to buy, they surely expected to evaluate over 425 minutes of MLS, but he derailed with injuries after a promising start. He scored in each of his first two starts before games were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and then suffered nagging injuries before making his final appearance in 2020 on September 2.
The option to buy would also have been agreed in the pre-pandemic financial landscape. Now what?
Amarilla, 25, is technically a Velez Sarsfield player, but spent 2019 on loan with the Ecuadorian Universidad Católica de la Liga PRO. Did the Loons see enough to make a permanent move? Will they find common ground with Velez or will he be another new striker for 2021?
One more run for Wondo?
It was meant to be Chris WondolowskiThe last ride of, a final season of sweet smiles off the field but vigorous chewing of gum, waving of arms and intense gesticulation on the field. There would of course be goal celebrations from this league’s goal king.
Wondo himself told us it would be his last season before retiring, but the 37-year-old hasn’t slowed down a bit. He never relied on the electric beat, but his seemingly perpetual motion and IQ made him a productive goalscorer. And it turns out the Quakes still need him, desperately. He started each of San josein the last 10 games of the season, scoring three goals in their last three games.
No decision has yet been made by the player, with full focus on the playoffs. We’ll see how this plays out during the offseason.
Another run for Beckerman?
Sticking to the theme of “legends at the end of their career”, will be Kyle beckerman to return to the field in 2021?
Beckerman, 38, holds the league record for most appearances by a fielder (498) and is not far from catching former teammate Nick Rimando (514) for the record absolute. Beckerman has been with Real salt lake since 2007, but in the season cut short by the pandemic, played just 389 minutes in 10 appearances (five starts). For reference, he recorded over 2,100 minutes each year from 2011 to 2019.
Athleticism Chris Kamrani reported Beckerman has yet to inform RSL of what he plans to do, but general manager Elliott Fall said the club and the player have had discussions regarding his future.