Minnesota United today announced the club has signed forward Aaron Schoenfeld from Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Israeli Premier League. MNUFC initially acquired Schoenfeld’s MLS rights from Columbus Crew in exchange for a second round 2021 MLS SuperDraft Pick and additional considerations if Schoenfeld meets certain performance-based metrics.
“Aaron give us extra strength and depth at the forward position,” said MNUFC Head Coach Adrian Heath. “He’s been in the league, he’s experienced. And we know that during the year, Mason [Toye] will be at the Olympics and the strength and depth is going to be necessary. Between Aaron, [Luis] Amarilla and Mason, we feel as though we’re in a really good spot. He’s a little bit different than what we have: he’s 6’4”, he’s very good with his back to the goal, he’s good coming on late in games if we need to put balls in the box. We feel as though he was great value for the money and — having worked with him before because we tried to sign him in Orlando — he’s a great kid and we think he’ll fit into what we’re trying to build here”
Schoenfeld has spent the last four seasons in the Israeli Premier League and three with Maccabi Tel Aviv where he’s made 46 appearances with four goals. The forward joins the Loons with some MLS experience, having been drafted by Montreal Impact in the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft and acquired by Columbus Crew the next year. He made his professional debut March 24, 2012 with the Crew against the Impact as a sub in the 69th minute. In 2014, the Crew loaned Schoenfeld to Dayton Dutch Lions where he became the club’s record holder for goals scored in a single season (12). Schoenfeld would make 51 appearances for Columbus, knocking in five goals, including a brace against the New York Red Bulls.
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Transaction: Minnesota United signs forward Aaron Schoenfeld. MNUFC initially acquired Schoenfeld’s MLS rights from Columbus Crew SC in exchange for a second round 2021 MLS SuperDraft Pick.
Date of birth: 04.17.1990 (29 years old)
Weight: 190 lbs
Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee
Citizenship: United States