ACQUIRED: Transferred to MNUFC from Club America to 3.31.2018
Minnesota United announced on March 31, 2018 that it had reached an agreement with Club América of Liga MX for the transfer of Quintero, who arrived to the Loons as the first Designated Player in club history.
“Darwin makes this club better,” said MNUFC Sporting Director Manny Lagos. “As we continue to grow and develop our roster and build on our core pieces from last year, we have just added an explosive player who can change the game in an instant. He raises the level of the team in terms of attacking movement and opportunity.”
“Bringing a player with Darwin’s quality and pedigree is another step in the right direction for this club,” said MNUFC Head Coach Adrian Heath. “He’s a player with the finishing of a striker and the vision to open play up, he’s got great technical ability and our players will enjoy playing with him. We are delighted he has decided to join — he didn’t need a lot of persuading after hearing about the club's growth, Allianz Field and our incredible fans. The fact that he has only had two different clubs in the past 10 years shows you he wants to be part of a something. He wants to help this club and this community.”
Quintero, 30, boasts immense speed and intelligence with the ball at his feet. He began his professional career with Deportes Tolima in his native country 13 years ago, in 2005, and later arrived to Club Santos Laguna in January 2009, where he developed into one of the most dangerous forwards in Mexican soccer.
After six years with Santos –– including more than 60 goals, a league title (2012 Clausura) and a Copa MX (2014 Apertura) –– he moved to Club América for the 2015 Clausura. There, Quintero played a total of 146 matches across competitions with Las Águilas, scoring 27 goals in addition to providing 23 assists. Quintero also won consecutive CONCACAF Champions League titles with América in 2015 and 2016.
INTERNATIONAL: Quintero debuted with the Colombia national team on October 11, 2008 against Paraguay and scored his first goal on September 30, 2009 against Mexico.
2018: Made MNUFC debut and scored first goal on April 14 at POR...Provided first assist of the year on April 22 at SEA...Scored second goal of the year on April 28 vs HOU...Scored third goal of the season on May 20 vs SKC...Provided second assist of the year on June 23 vs COL...Scored his fourth, fifth and sixth goals of the year (first club hat trick in MLS) on July 4 vs TOR...Scored seventh goal and provided his third and fourth assists on July 14 vs RSL...Scored eighth goal on July 18 vs NE...Scored ninth goal and provided fifth and sixth assists on July 22 vs LAFC...Provided seventh and eighth assist on July 28 at VAN...Scored tenth goal on August 4 vs SEA...Provided ninth assist on August 11 at LA...Provided tenth assist on September 15 at RSL setting new club single-season record...Provided 11th and 12th assists on September 22 vs POR setting new club career record...Provided 13th assist on September 29 vs NYC...Scored 11th goal on October 6 at PHI