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United States national team star leaving Minnesota United for Mexico, according to reports

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Whether or not North American Soccer League side Minnesota United could hold on to USMNT player Miguel Ibarra has been in doubt for some time, and according to reports in Mexico on Wednesday, the player will be leaving the Loons shortly. Most expected that Ibarra would eventually wind up playing in Major League Soccer, but it looks as if the attacking midfielder will be making his way to Leon, instead.

Ibarra was the NASL MVP in 2014, following a 2013 campaign in which a brilliant second half landed him on the NASL Team of the Season. That success earned him his first callup with the national team in October, and he has featured regularly with the squad, despite being left off of the 35-man provisional roster for the Gold Cup.

The Loons had reportedly been holding out for a transfer fee of about $1 million for Ibarra, which had turned off many MLS franchises. If these reports prove accurate, the final weekend of the NASL spring season will probably be the last we see of the player with Minnesota, as the Mexican season begins again in July.