With the 2019 MLS season in the books, MLS Multiplex is taking a look at the best 11 that each team was able to put out during the 2019 campaign. This time we take a look at the best XI of Minnesota United.
It was a historic 2019 campaign for Minnesota United. They reached the postseason for the first time in their short MLS history as they finished inside the top four in the Western Conference, by far their best-ever finish in the regular season.
After losing out on the final day of the season to the Seattle Sounders, Minnesota finished the year in fourth place and hosted their first-ever playoff game, facing LA Galaxy at Allianz Field. However, they were the only side hosting a first-round game to lose, with their first foray into the postseason being a short one. But it has been their best season to date as they also reached the final of the U.S. Open Cup.
A higher level of results comes from a higher level of performances amongst the team, but who makes Minnesota’s best XI? (Ratings from WhoScored)
Vito Mannone (6.75)
Italian goalkeeper Vito Mannone was a revelation for the Loons in 2019 as he took home the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award for his efforts. The Italian, who was on loan from Championship side Reading for the campaign, was everpresent in goal, and he broke the single-season franchise record for clean sheets, making 11 across the term.
Mannone has said he wants to return and the Loons are in talks with the English club to get their shotstopper back for at least another season at Allianz Field, but as of right now, no deal has been completed.