MNUFC2 announced today that the club has signed forward Loïc Mesanvi to a one-year MLS NEXT Pro contract, with a club option.
Mesanvi, a 19-year-old from Lakeville, Minn., joins MNUFC2 from the Minnesota United Academy U19 squad, where he has made 15 appearances and scored 13 goals over 1,000 minutes played to-date in all academy-level contests. While with the U19 side during the summer months, Mesanvi also trained with MNUFC2 during the 2022 season. He made two appearances and scored one goal for the Twos – with the goal notably scored during his debut match at Timbers 2 on September 11.
“The exciting thing for Loïc is that we get to add another local player to our team. That was one of the things that we committed to when we started this team was to provide a pathway for local players,” said MNUFC2 Head Coach Cameron Knowles. “What he’s done with the Academy team so far this season has been outstanding. The time that he spent over the summer with the second team in training and the few games that he got to play, he really took both of those opportunities. I’m very excited for Loïc and the future ahead of him.”
Prior to his time with MNUFC Academy and MNUFC2, the forward played for Minneapolis City Soccer Club of USL2 and NPSL where he made 20 appearances in 2022, scoring 15 goals and providing four assists. In high school, the Lakeville South High School graduate notably earned 2021 East Metro High School Boys Player of the Year honors and was also named a 2021 Mr. Soccer Minnesota Finalist.
Transaction: MNUFC2 signs forward Loïc Mesanvi to a one-year MLS NEXT Pro contract, with a club option.
Date of birth: 06.10.2003 (19 years old)
Weight: 129 lbs
Birthplace: Lome, Togo