Minnesota United took advantage of their one-time off-season buyout against defender Ike Opara, the club announced on Thursday. Although Opara will no longer have a place in the team’s squad, his contract will remain active throughout the contract period, which is due to expire in December this year.
“Despite concerted and ongoing efforts to address health concerns, we couldn’t bring Ike back to get fitness on our timeline,” said MNUFC football director Manny Lagos. “It was a frustrating and disappointing time for everyone involved, which shows that he was everything we wanted when he came to us and played for the club. He was named Defender of the Year during our playoff run season and had earned a new contract. We are grateful for everything he has done on behalf of MNUFC and hope that time will allow him to return to the game he excelled at. “