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Woodbury's Brent Kallman will remain with Minnesota United in 2019

Minnesota United defender Brent Kallman (14) in action during the game against FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, on Aug. 18, 2018. Jerome Miron / USA TODAY Sports

ST. PAUL — Brent Kallman will remain a Loon when Minnesota United opens Allianz Field in St. Paul next season.

The defender from Woodbury, Minn., has a contract in place with the Major League Soccer club for the 2019 season, sources told the Pioneer Press.

With Kallman, United will retain its longest-tenured player into the club's unveiling of its new $250-million stadium in the Midway neighborhood next April.

Kallman, 28, has played for his hometown club since 2013 and became a starter for Minnesota when the club was in its final season in the lower-level North American Soccer League in 2016. He then was on the short list of players who made the jump with the club to MLS in 2017.

Last year, Kallman worked his way into the starting lineup and played 1,942 minutes in 23 starts, scoring in two goals. But multiple injuries sidetracked his season for short stints, and he needed to show the club he could stay healthy this season.

Heading into United's final game at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday, Kallman has played 1,710 consecutive minutes across 19 games since May 26.

Overall this season, Kallman has played 1,805 minutes in 22 games, including 20 starts. He has played alongside Michael Boxall and Francisco Calvo as part of a three-man back line as well as with Boxall as a center-back pairing

The Loons (11-18-3) have been eliminated from MLS Cup playoffs for a second straight season, and Kallman feels there is unfinished business.

"We keep growing here," said Kallman, who has worn the captain's armband for the club. "We've got the stadium coming next year and hopefully stay on the up and up here. ... I would really like to help his team be more successful. That's the main goal — and to have a season that we can be really proud of."

Kallman's total compensation is $85,000 in 2018, up from $68,000 in 2017. His salary for 2019 is not known.

Other Minnesotans have joined Kallman on the Loons, including midfielder Ethan Finlay, who was born in Duluth, and fullback Eric Miller of Woodbury. Ish Jome, of Brooklyn Park, was a part of the Loons in 2017 and trained with the club in 2018.

Kallman was born in Omaha, Neb., and spent most of his childhood in Woodbury. He played collegiate soccer at Creighton for four years.

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