Ramon Abila of Boca Juniors ready for loan at Minnesota United
A deal for Ramon Abila is nearing completion, bringing the star striker from Boca Juniors to Minnesota United in MLS. Boca Juniors’ loss should be a major win for a deep and talented Minnesota side.
The Abila deal is in its final stages, a source familiar with the situation told FanSided ‘MLS Multiplex’. The agreement is a one-year loan with an option to buy.
The attacker is in the process of being signed using Targeted Allocation Money (TAM), the source said. Agreement has been reported as nearing completion these last weeks.
The 31-year-old has suffered injuries during his three seasons at La Bombonera, nonetheless remains a legitimate striker who can be fatal in the box.
This season, he has six goals and one assist in nine appearances (eight starts) for a team of Boca Juniors among the best in South America.
The addition of Abila answers a major question for Minnesota United, who traded Darwin Quintero this offseason to the Houston Dynamo, a club looking to address their own scoring issues. And while Quintero’s move to Dynamo was not insignificant, amounting to $ 600,000 in allowance, the gaping hole at the top was glaring for a club that has significantly improved this offseason into an already solid roster but lacking in money. a real threat of goal.
Minnesota advanced to the Western Conference Finals last year, losing to the Seattle Sounders and dropping just one game before the MLS Cup. Now, with a balanced roster that has a good backbone, the addition of a proven goalscorer like Abila is a pretty promising addition to an attack that seems threatening to most.
Late last year, Minnesota added Emanuel Reynoso ahead of their playoff push. The 25-year-old midfielder, a standout at Boca Juniors in his own right, helped propel his new club through to the end of the regular season and the playoffs.
He finished his first season in MLS with one goal and seven assists in the regular season before catching fire in the playoffs with a staggering goal and seven assists in three playoff games.