The former Vancouver Whitecaps defender has given a boost to Adrian Heath’s back line

Minnesota United has signed New Zealand international Michael Boxall, the MLS club announced Wednesday.

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The 28-year-old defender, who can play right back or center back, spent the past two seasons with South African side SuperSport United.

“Excited to be here, I had heard a lot of positive things about the coaching staff here and that got me excited to join the club,” Boxall said in a news release. “Being involved in something from the very start and the opportunity to build something special here meant a lot.”

A UC Santa Barbara product, Boxall played in MLS with the Vancouver Whitecaps from 2011 to 2012 before leaving for Wellington Phoenix in the Australian A-League.

He has earned 25 caps for New Zealand and represented his nation at the Confederations Cup last month.

Minnesota sits last in the Western Conference at 5-11-3 in its inaugural MLS season, with a league-worst 42 goals conceded.

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