NEW YORK – Columbia’s Andrew Tinari has received a training camp invitation to play with Minnesota United FC, the newest MLS franchise.
Tinari learned the news over the weekend, after going undrafted in the MLS SuperDraft, but receiving interest from a number of MLS teams.
For the third time in his career, Tinari was a first team All-Ivy League selection in 2016, starting 15 of 16 games for the conference champion Lions. The Holbrook, New York, native scored a goal at Michigan State and added two assists on the season, playing primarily in the midfield. Tinari led the team in assists with four during his junior campaign, and also was the Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 2013, tallying five goals and three assists.
Minnesota United provides a unique opportunity for Tinari, as the expansion team is still filling out their roster. The Loons will be coached by Adrian Heath, who most recently served as the head coach of Orlando City FC, and has played professionally Everton and Manchester City of the Premier League, among others.
The first preseason match for the Loons is slated for Feb. 9 at the Vancouver Whitecaps. That match will serve as one of three preseason matches, before Minnesota United opens up the regular season at Portland on Friday, March 3.
Along with Tinari, senior Rhys Williams is also gauging interest from numerous MLS, NASL, and USL clubs, and hopes to have a place to play in the coming days.