ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota United FC have sent 22-year-old goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair to San Antonio FC of the USL Championship on a season-long loan. MNUFC retains the right to recall St. Clair at any point during the loan’s duration.
The offseason acquisitions of goalkeepers Gregory Ranjitsingh and Tyler Miller paved the way for St. Clair’s loan, with the former first-round SuperDraft pick now set to gain experience in the U.S. second division. Ranjitsingh, like St. Clair, is a native of Pickering, Ontario.
St. Clair has yet to make his competitive debut for Minnesota United, featuring only in friendlies, but did play five games in 2019 for the Loons’ USL League One-affiliate Forward Madison.
A year prior, St. Clair led the Maryland Terrapins to an NCAA National Championship, posting a 500-plus minute scoreless streak to close out his senior season.
MNUFC coach Adrian Heath described the move as a “great opportunity for St. Clair”, with the expectation the young ‘keeper will “get games under his belt”.
“He’ll be working with a great team, a good system with a fantastic staff,” Heath said in a statement. “We expect big things from Dayne, and this is the right move at the right time.”
San Antonio coach Alen Marcina was equally bullish on the loan.
“As a staff, we are very excited to add Dayne St. Claire to the SAFC roster,” Marcina said in a statement. “We want to thank Adrian Heath and the entire Minnesota United FC organization for the loan. Dayne performed exceptionally in college and has tremendous potential to be a premier goalkeeper. He boasts the qualities we seek both on and off the field, and we are looking forward to working with him.”
SAFC announced that St. Clair will wear number 97 this season.
“I’m really excited. I think this is a good move for myself and the club, and I’m very excited to get started and defend 210,” said St. Clair, referencing San Antonio’s area code.