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Andrei Gotsmanov to Sign With Minnesota Thunder

2009 July 9
by Brian Quarstad

Inside Minnesota Soccer has learned that the Minnesota Thunder will sign Andrei Gotsmanov as early as Thursday morning.

andrei_gotsmanovAs reported here, the Creighton graduate was drafted as the 9th pick in the second round by the New England Revolution in the MLS Super Draft. However, Gotsmanov decided not to report to the Revolution pre-season camp after making arrangements with the team and instead finished up his senior year of college and graduated with his class.

After graduating, Gotsmanov had a two-week trial with New England, but his chances of making the team were slim. The Revolution were in midseason and signing the Woodbury, Minnesota native would have meant dropping a player from the team’s newly pared down MLS roster.

After his trial with the Revolution, Gotsmanov flew to Europe and had a trial with Mjällby, who are leading the second division in Sweden. Reportedly, the central midfielder scored two goals in a friendly for the team but in the end was not offered a contract. He was, however, offered a contract by a lower division team in Sweden. Gotsmanov turned down the offer and instead chose to come back to Minnesota where he was in contact with Thunder head coach Donny Gramenz and director of operations, Manny Lagos.

Gotsmanov has been on trial with the team and after signing, hopes to work his way into the starting lineup.

In the 2008 season for Creighton, Gotsmanov was the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year. He scored nine goals and added two assists for a total of 20 points with three of his goals having been game-winners. He was also a two-time MVC Player of the Week and earned MVC Tournament Most Valuable Player honors as the Bluejays won their 11th MVC Tournament title. Gotsmanov was also a semifinalist for the 2008 Hermann Trophy.

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