Minnesota United has announced the acquisition of goalkeeper Matt Lampson from the Chicago Fire as a part of a trade including the 15th overall pick of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft, which MNUFC used to select defender Wyatt Omsberg from Dartmouth College, $75,000 in General Allocation Money and $100,000 in Targeted Allocation Money. In exchange, the Loons sent the fifth overall pick to Chicago, who selected Wake Forest forward Jon Bakero.
“I’d like to first thank Chicago and their fans for two great years,” said Lampson. “They are a club clearly on the upswing and I was proud to be a part of it. It is difficult to contain the excitement that I have to start my journey with Minnesota United. The fans, the city and the club have encapsulated the epitome of what it means to be passionate about soccer and I am humbled to get an opportunity to represent all three. I will put everything that I have into helping this team win every single week, reach the playoffs and win an MLS Cup and am ecstatic to continue my philanthropic efforts with the LampStrong Foundation in the great state of Minnesota.”
Lampson, 28, arrives in Minnesota fresh off a standout season for the Fire, in which he started a career-high 24 of 24 matches, earning eight shutouts, 58 saves and a record of 12 victories, seven defeats and five draws.
In addition to his efforts on the field over his six-year professional career, Lampson has won accolades for his contributions to the community. He was named 2016 MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year for his work with young cancer patients and their families through the LampStrong Foundation and was nominated for the award again in 2017, 10 years after his own battle with cancer.
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Transaction: Minnesota United acquires goalkeeper Matt Lampson from the Chicago Fire as part of a package including the 15th overall pick of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft, $75,000 in General Allocation Money and $100,000 in Targeted Allocation Money for the fifth overall pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft.
Born: 09.06.1989 (28 years old)
Last club: Chicago Fire
Birthplace: Cleveland, Tennessee
Citizenship: United States