A deal for Ramon Abila is nearly finalized, bringing the star striker from Boca Juniors to Minnesota United in MLS. Boca Juniors loss is set to be a major gain for a deep and talented Minnesota side.
Abila’s deal is in its final stages a source close to the situation tells FanSided’s ‘MLS Multiplex.’ The deal is a one-year loan with an option to buy.
The striker is being signed using Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) the source said. The deal has been reported as nearing completion in recent weeks.
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The 31-year old has struggled with injuries during his three seasons at La Bombonera, he is nonetheless a legitimate striker who can be lethal in the box.
This season, he has six goals and an assist in nine appearances (eight starts) for a Boca Juniors side that is among the best in South America.
The addition of Abila answers a major question for Minnesota United, who traded Darwin Quintero this offseason to the Houston Dynamo, a club that was seeking to answer its own scoring issues. And while Quintero’s transfer to the Dynamo was not an insignificant, amounting to $600,000 in allocation money, the gaping hole up top was glaring for a club that did some significant upgrading this offseason to an already solid roster but lacked a true goal scoring threat.
Minnesota advanced to the Western Conference finals last year, losing to the Seattle Sounders and falling just a match short of MLS Cup. Now with a balanced roster that has a good spine, the addition of a proven goal scorer like Abila is a rather promising addition to an attack that looks threatening for the most part.
Late last year, Minnesota added Emanuel Reynoso ahead of their playoff push. The 25-year old midfielder, a standout at Boca Juniors in his own right, helped propel his new club through the end of the regular season and the playoffs.
He finished his first MLS season with a goal and seven assists in the regular season before catching fire in the postseason with a staggering goal and seven assists in three playoff matches.