After falling down the pecking order at Columbus Crew, Ethan Finlay has left for pastures new to join up with Minnesota United FC.
Columbus Crew will receive allocation money in exchange for the Ethan Finlay’s services, both clubs announced Wednesday on Transfer Deadline Day in Major League Soccer.
In terms of distribution, Columbus will initially receive $100,000 for the 2017 season, then $250,000 for the 2018 and finally an additional $75,000 for 2018.
The 27 year old is highly regarded in the league and has compiled 157 appearances notching 31 goals and 30 assists in his career. Finlay has featured in the MLS AllStar squad and Best XI in 2015.
In a press release, Finlay stated his joy at moving clubs:
“I’m thrilled to be joining a club that is in its early stages in Major League Soccer. The opportunity to play in the state I was born is a boyhood dream come true. I hope to make an immediate impact on the field.”
Minnesota coach Adrian Heath was equally as excited about the signing:
“Ethan is a player with incredible energy, enthusiasm and drive. I have been a big fan of his for a long time, he gets into pockets of space and is incredibly dangerous on the attack. Another huge plus for us is that he has been to finals in MLS and he has been at a club where they play a similar brand of football.”
Minnesota United FC hope Finlay can help the club climb from the bottom of the Western Conference table, as they sit in tenth place.