ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota United FC defender Brent Kallman has been suspended and fined by Major League Soccer for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, per a team press release.
As laid out in the current collective bargaining agreement for MLS, Kallman will be suspended for 10 MLS games and forfeit 20 percent of his salary. Kallman will miss Minnesota’s next four league games plus any MLS Cup Playoff matches involving the Loons in 2019, with the remaining balance of games to be served during the 2020 MLS regular season.
Kallman issued an apology to teammates and fans via Instagram this afternoon.
With a base salary of $118,000 in 2019, Kallman will be fined in excess of $20,000 for violating the league’s Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health (SABH) Policy.
Kallman, a Minnesota native, has played his entire professional career with MNUFC and made the jump from the North American Soccer League to MLS with the Loons in 2016. Over the last three seasons, the centerback has made 63 appearances, logging over 5,000 minutes and contributing a pair of goals.
The 28-year-old Creighton alumnus has made 16 league appearances for the Loons in 2019, starting 10-straight games from April 19 to June 8. MLS minutes for Kallman have been scarce as of recent, however, with Michael Boxall and Ike Opara establishing themselves as head coach Adrian Heath’s first-choice centerback pairing. Kallman has recorded just three appearances — all starts — in the Loons’ last 14 league games.
Per league rules, Kallman may not train with MNUFC for the remainder of 2019 unless rehabilitating an injury. He is also prohibited from playing in friendlies, tournaments and scrimmages in addition to league play. Come 2020, Kallman may participate in preseason training and closed-door scrimmages, but may not participate in any other team activities during preseason.
Wyatt Omsberg is likely to assume a larger role for the Loons as a result of the suspension. The centerback has spent much of the season on loan with USL League One’s Forward Madison, starting 13 games for a ‘Mingos team that presently resides in fourth place . The 23-year-old logged 385 minutes across seven appearances for Minnesota as a rookie in 2018.