Minnesota United: Emanuel Reynoso transferred to Club Tijuana

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The greatest player to put on a Minnesota United jersey has officially left the club.

Club Tijuana announced Thursday the addition of central attacking midfielder Emanuel Reynoso from MNUFC.

The Loons paid a club-record $5 million transfer fee for Reynoso from Boca Juniors in 2020 and will receive what might become a seven-figure return based on Reynoso’s contract incentives and performance qualifiers, a source told the Pioneer Press.

“We would like to thank Emanuel Reynoso for his time and contributions on the field with Minnesota United,” Chief Soccer Officer and Sporting Director Khaled El-Ahmad said in a statement. “The club wishes him the best in the future.”

MNUFC offloads Reynoso, who was insubordinate on multiple occasions, including five months during the 2023 season and for seven weeks this season. Reynoso’s actions this year damaged his relationship with El-Ahmad. When Reynoso returned to Minnesota in early May, he was put on a return-to-play protocol that would require him to be away from the team for the foreseeable future.

The Loons began shopping Reynoso to clubs in other leagues and the Reynoso’s departure opens up Designated Player spot going into summer transfer window. The Loons also free up salary; Reynoso was making $2.2 million in guaranteed compensation in 2024, according to MLS Players Association.

Reynoso was a two-time MLS All-Star who could dazzle with the ball on his left foot. He scored 24 goals and provided 37 assists in 95 MLS games.

Reynoso, 28, also dealt with legal issues. He was accused of pistol whipping a teenager and was just seen in a video holding a bag of cash with an unidentified man, who was holding the likeness of a handgun and more stacks of bills.

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