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Minnesota United pays Panamanian club for Joseph Rosales

The Loons acquired Rosales on an 18-month loan in August 2021, liked what they saw across 30 MLS matches.

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Minnesota United midfielder Joseph Rosales is tripped by Colorado defender Lalas Abubakar on April 16, 2022, at Allianz Field in St. Paul. The United beat Colorado, 3-1.
John Autey / St. Paul Pioneer Press
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Minnesota United exercised its option to buy Joseph Rosales from Panamanian club Independiente and signed the 22-year-old midfielder to a new contract, the club announced Wednesday.

The Loons acquired Rosales on an 18-month loan in August 2021, liked what they saw across 30 MLS matches in his temporary stint and paid Independiente $100,000 to obtain Rosales’ rights, a source told the Pioneer Press on Wednesday.

Rosales, who has played for the Honduran national team, was signed to a one-year contract with Minnesota for 2023, with club options in 2024 and ’25. He earned $65,500 in guaranteed compensation in 2022, per the MLS Players Association.

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