The experienced center back has spent time in the top flights of Spain, Germany and Norway.

Minnesota United has announced that it has signed Norwegian international defender Vadim Demidov. 

Demidov, who joins from Norwegian side SK Brann, was signed using targeted allocation money. 

“We’re getting a very talented player and a leader on the pitch,” MNUFC head coach Adrian Heath said in a club release. “Vadim will provide us that winning mentality and work ethic that’s so important for a club in growth, he fits the mold of the players we desire for in this club. We are thrilled to get a player and leader of his caliber.”

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The 30-year-old center back played in La Liga with Real Sociedad in 2011 and 2012 before moving to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga and eventually returning to Spain with Celta Vigo. 

“It was a really easy choice for me to come to Minnesota,” Demidov said. “I was immediately interested in this club after speaking with the staff here, we are developing into something new and exciting and I enjoy that idea. I wanted to take on a new challenge and prove myself in a new league and I am very happy to be able to do that here in Minnesota.”

Demidov has been capped 16 times by Norway.