MNUFC signs two players to short-term contracts

Minnesota United today announced that the club has signed MNUFC2 midfielder Kage Romanshyn Jr. and MNUFC defender Morris Duggan has signed to short-term deals, making both players available for selection during Saturday’s MLS match at Seattle Sounders FC at 9:30 PM CT.

Last week, both Romanshyn Jr. signed. as Duggan their first short-term deals for 2024 ahead of the home game against FC Dallas. They all made substitute appearances during the second half, where Romanshyn Jr. came into the game on the 79the minute while Duggan came on in the 87e minute – notably marking the MLS and MNUFC debuts for both players.

Romanshyn Jr., an 18-year-old midfielder from Apple Valley, Minnesota, signed a two-year MLS NEXT Pro contract with MNUFC2 on January 22, 2024 after developing with and playing for the MNUFC Academy’s U17 and U19 squads. In the 2023 and 2024 MLS NEXT Pro seasons, Romanshyn Jr. Played 21 games (14 starts), scored three goals and provided two assists in nearly 1,300 minutes played in regular season action. Notably, he scored his first goal of the 2024 season against Sporting Kansas City II last week. Additionally, Romanshyn Jr. represented MNUFC during the 2023 MLS All-Star Week, where he played the first 45 minutes and started for Team West during the MLS NEXT All-Star Game in Annapolis, Maryland.

Minnesota United signed defender Morris Duggan to a one-year deal in February after he was selected with the 67th overall pick of the 2024 MLS SuperDraft. Duggan was then loaned to MNUFC2 for the 2024 season. Since the start of the MLS NEXT Pro campaign the defender has made 10 appearances (all starts) in regular season action, playing 894 minutes as one of the key centre-backs for MNUFC2 this year. After joining the Marshall University team in 2022, he appeared and started in all 19 of Marshall’s games, totaling 1,558 minutes. In 2023, he was named captain and was part of a defense that had the most shutouts (11) in a single season and was named a MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist.

Transaction: Minnesota United sign MNUFC2 midfielder Kage Romanshyn Jr. and MNUFC defender Morris Duggan on short-term deals. Both players will be available for selection in Saturday’s MLS match against Seattle Sounders FC.

Kage Romanshyn Jr.
Pronunciation: Cage roe-MAN-shinn
Position: midfielder
Date of birth: 19-06-2005 (18 years old)
Height: 5’9″
Weight: 150 pounds.
Place of Birth: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Hometown: Apple Valley, Minnesota