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Luis Amarilla rejoins Minnesota United as Designated Player

Lizzy Becherano
Luis Amarilla rejoins Minnesota United as Designated Player
Luis Amarilla rejoins Minnesota United as Designated Player / RODRIGO BUENDIA/GettyImages

Forward Luis Amarilla will rejoin Minnesota United from Argentine Primera División side Vélez Sarsfield through the 2023 MLS season with options for 2024-25.

The Paraguayan will occupy a Designated Player spot on Minnesota’s roster. He returns after being with the club previously in 2020 while battling an ankle injury.

“We’re delighted to welcome him back. He still owes us 23 goals, as he promised us 25 when he arrived here in 2020,” head coach Adrian Heath said in a release. “We felt then he would be a consistent goal scorer in the league and we feel the same again. He’s had another really productive year [in Quito] and we felt, when the opportunity came, it was too good to turn down.

“There is a sense of unfinished business and he’s expressed a real desire to come back. With Luis, there is some familiarity that you don’t always get with international players. We know him and we know what type of character we’re getting on and off the field. Competition for places will be fierce, but we feel as though he’ll be a big plus for us this year.”

He arrives after recording 15 goals in one season on loan at Quito, where he led the Ecuadorian Liga PRO side to the league championship.

“It’s a return that I wanted. I wanted to come back. I wanted to return. Even more so, it’s a city that I think is fantastic,” Amarilla said in a release. “I’m very happy and with all the desire to get going and play. For me, [2020] was not the season that I wanted, because of my injury. But today, I’m here with the hope and ambition to do things the right way, do things differently. Hopefully, it’s a great year.”

With the Loons, he managed two goals and one assist across seven regular-season matches.

Internationally, the player has been capped four times by Paraguay’s national team.