Defender Chase Gasper signed a four-year contract extension with Minnesota United that is set to kick in next season, the club announced Thursday.
The 25-year old player joined MNUFC in 2019 as the 15th overall pick during the MLS SuperDraft and has since then become an integral part of the team. He has recorded 53 appearances over three seasons with Minnesota, currently standing as head coach Adrian Heath’s first choice starter at left back.
“Arguably, our 2019 draft was as good a draft as anybody has had for years and years. Three guys who we know that can contribute,” Heath said in a club statement.
“If you look back to when he started for the team, his level of performance has been so consistent. He’s been terrific. I always talk about what people put into the football club, he puts something into this football club every single day. Great attitude, great professional, great teammate. We’re so pleased that another player, who we consider one of our own, has decided to commit as well.”
Gasper has recorded two goals and one assist since his debut with Minnesota United.
“It means everything for a player that your boss is confident in you,” said Gasper. “[Adrian Heath] has trusted me to play and start most of the games since I’ve been here. Those are the guys you want to play for. For coaches like that, for teammates like that, and the fans we have, I’m going to do everything I can – like I’ve done since I’ve gotten here and for all my time here – give my all on the field.
“Really happy, excited and proud. I owe thanks to my teammates, my coaches and, especially, the fans. I can’t wait for the next four years.”
MNUFC currently sits in eighth place on the Western Conference table with 31 points in 23 games, inches away from a 2021 playoff position. Minnesota has 10 remaining matches to inch their way to the top seven and qualify for the MLS postseason.