KANSAS CITY, KS - NOVEMBER 29: Portland Timbers forward Jeremy Ebobisse (17) and Sporting Kansas City defender Ike Opara (3) fight for the ball during the first half of the MLS Western Conference Championship between the Portland Timbers and Sporting Kansas City on November 29, 2018 at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire)

Minnesota United today announced it has acquired defender Ike Opara via trade with Sporting Kansas City. MNUFC traded away $900,000 in Targeted Allocation Money and up to $100,000 in future TAM considerations.

Opara joins the Loons after six seasons with Sporting Kansas City. The defender joined Kansas City in 2013. Throughout his six seasons with Kansas City, Opara started 100 games, logging 9,098 minutes, with five assists and 12 goals. During the 2017 season, Opara was named to MLS Best XI, and was awarded the 2017 Defender of the Year. He made 30 starts while anchoring a defense that conceded just 29 goals during the 2017 regular season, eight fewer than any other team. In 2018, he followed up with another successful campaign, making 31 starts, playing 2,773 minutes, contributing to 11 shutouts with three goals and two assists.

Prior to joining Sporting Kansas City, the defender began his professional career with the San Jose Earthquakes when he was drafted 3rd overall in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft as a Generation adidas signing. During his three seasons with the Quakes, Opara played in 35 games, notching 2,162 minutes with five assists and three goals.

On the international side, Opara represented the United States at the 2009 FIFA U20 World Cup and at the U-3 level during the 2012 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament. He then made his senior international debut in January 2018, anchoring the U.S. backline in a shutout effort against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Opara is the fourth player MNUFC has added this offseason, alongside Designated Player Jan Gregus, MLS Cup winner Ozzie Alonso and defender Romain Metanire.

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