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Minnesota United signs first HG

Article Written by J.R. Eskilson
Published: January 20, 2020

Fred Emmings, a top ranked goalkeeper from the class of 2022, is the first player to sign a Homegrown Contract with Minnesota United, Andy Greder of the Pioneer Press reported on Monday. 

Emmings, a member of the U.S. Youth National Team, turns 16 years old in February. He is the second goalkeeper from the class of 2022 to sign a professional contract with MLS. Chicago Fire’s Gabriel Slonina inked a deal with his local team last year. 

The Minnesota teenager has made 46 appearances for the Minnesota United academy in the Development Academy since 2017. He is currently a fixture of their U16/17 team with six appearances this season. The Pioneer Press reported that the plan for Emmings in 2020 is still to be determined with him likely splitting time between the first team, the USL affiliate in Madison, and the academy teams. 

Emmings played for the Luxembourg U16 National Team last year in a friendly against Kosovo. He holds dual-citizenship and was last called into a U.S. Youth National Team camp in 2018 - a U15 camp at the time. The Pioneer Press listed his current height as 6-foot-5. 

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