Minnesota United FC have just announced Adrian Heath as their new Head coach for the 2017 season, the inaugural year in Major League Soccer. The former Orlando City SC manager will head the new club effective immediately.
Heath will be involved in the day-to-day operations leading up to the first game in MLS as well, participating in duties such as the MLS Expansion Draft, MLS Superdraft, and any other player signings he sees fit to engage.
Heath’s brief stint with Orlando City SC as an MLS team saw him gather 19 wins, 20 losses, and 16 draws between 2015 and 2016 before being let go in favor of Jason Kreis in July. In that time, Heath managed to acquire superstar Kaka as well as starlet Cyle Larin – among others – to perform for the Lions. However, he also stirred controversy after publicly displaying interest in former Orlando City SC (USL) forward Dominic Dwyer, resulting in punishment by the league. Since his firing, Heath has frequented MLS headquarters as a guest analyst and TV personality during pre-game and post-game coverage during Decision Day and through the beginning of the playoffs.
Minnesota United FC have already begun their MLS campaign simultaneously with Atlanta United FC who also officially launch in MLS in 2017. Both teams have participated in the expansion team order draft, which saw the two teams selecting rights to be first in orders respective to their team’s priorities, such as discovery rights, player allocation, and various draft orders.