Minnesota United: Emanuel Reynoso has been a fantastic signing

Minnesota United, Emanuel Reynoso. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Minnesota United, Emanuel Reynoso. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports /

Minnesota United got it right when they signed Emanuel Reynoso.

Since his arrival in September, Emanuel Reynoso has taken the league by storm by displaying his incredible passing ability on a consistent basis. The 25-year-old attacking midfielder has put up fantastic numbers in just a short time as a member of Minnesota United. His arrival has proven to be very timely as well with Reynoso playing a key role in the postseason success Minnesota have had. There’s no question Minnesota have signed a top-class player who is capable of delivering the club silverware.

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The king of assists

Reynoso became the first player in Major League Soccer history to record back-to-back performances of three assists in the playoffs. He had a hat-trick of assists against both the Colorado Rapids and Sporting Kansas City. Among his six total assists thus far in the postseason was a beautiful pass to Kevin Molino against SKC that produced a highlight-reel goal. This moment put on full display the incredible passing ability Reynoso possesses.

His recent flurry of assists should not come as too much of a surprise as he finished the MLS regular season with seven assists in 13 appearances. This was a very impressive number of assists for a player who did not have very much time to adjust to playing in a new league. Reynoso was definitely an instant impact for Minnesota during the regular season. The Loons did not lose a single match that Reynoso either scored or registered an assist in.

It’s very likely Reynoso would have recorded the most assists in MLS during the 2020 regular season if he had played the entire campaign. According to Football Reference, he led the league in assists per 90 minutes played and goal-creating actions per 90 minutes played. Had he arrived during August or sooner he could have eclipsed the 10 assists that led MLS. Even though he was unable to achieve the top spot in 2020, there’s reason to believe he can top MLS in assists in 2021.

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A future MVP?

Minnesota may have a future MVP on their roster in Reynoso. If the former Boca Juniors player can produce similar performances during the 2021 MLS season then he will certainly be a name that will be considered for MVP. He’s capable of becoming the top no.10 in the league and setting himself apart from the other top attacking midfielders. Reynoso is on the path to becoming a top star in MLS. If he can guide Minnesota to an MLS Cup title then he should be regarded as the favorite for MVP ahead of his first full season in the league.