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Loons quiet in waning hours of MLS summer transfer window

BLAINE, Minn. — Minnesota United doesn't appear on the cusp of making a transaction before Major League Soccer's summer transfer window closes at midnight Wednesday, Aug. 8.

"As of this morning, I don't think anything is happening," United coach Adrian Heath said after the club's outdoor training session at noon Wednesday.

In July, United signed its second designated player in forward Angelo Rodriguez and spent Target Allocation Money to get winger Romario Ibarra. On Monday, they sent forward Christian Ramirez to Los Angeles Football Club for $800,000 and up to $1 million in return.

Heath maintained Wednesday that the club isn't going to rush a deal "for the sake of doing it."

United also said things were quiet on the final day of the primary transfer window in May, but talks heated up in the last few hours and they brought home Woodbury defender Eric Miller, sending winger Sam Nicholson to Colorado.

Toye on loan

United rookie forward Mason Toye will go on loan to the Colorado Switchbacks in the United Soccer League, Heath said Wednesday. Toye, the seventh overall pick in the 2018 Major League Soccer SuperDraft, is expected to play against the Tulsa Roughnecks on Saturday.

He will come back to Minnesota when the USL goes on break, and the plan is for him to return to Colorado for the Switchbacks' game against Phoenix on Aug. 25.

"We think it will do him good," Heath said, "and he will get some games under his belt."

The Loons will have Toye on a 24-hour recall in case they need him to fill in for first-team forwards Rodriguez and Abu Danladi.

Toye has no goals and one assist in 259 minutes and 14 games for Minnesota this season.

Scrimmage standouts

Loons attackers Frantz Pangop and Ibarra were backup players who stood out in Tuesday's scrimmage against the Twin Cities All-Star Team, Heath said.

"I thought Frantz did really well and saw bits of Romario in the second half where he can run and combine with it," Heath said.

Heath pointed to the reserve players having similar stats to those of first-team players in games, in terms of distance covered and intense running. "It shows you they approached the game in the right manner," he said.


Midfielder Rasmus Schuller (groin) should be available for Saturday's game against Los Angeles Galaxy, Heath said. He exited at halftime of Minnesota's 2-1 loss to Seattle last week.