Minnesota United has signed former Hearts winger, Sam Nicholson. He had been linked with the club all spring and he arrives on a free transfer with his contract expired at Hearts.

At just 22-years-old, Nicholson has played is entire career for the Scottish club scoring 16 goals in 127 league and cup appearances. He has also represented Scotland at the youth level, making appearances for both the U19’s and U21’s.

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Minnesota head coach Adrien Heath offered praise on the young player to MLSsoccer.com:

He’s a 22-year-old experienced player. He’s been at Hearts – a proper club – since he was 9 years of age. He has over 100 league games at his age. It’s not very often that you get somebody who’s played that much football in a competitive environment like the Scottish Premier League at his age…on a free [transfer]. For us, we think it was really worth the pickup.

Heath has known of Nicholson for many years now through connections in his native U.K. Heath’s former colleague Ricky Sbragia coached Nicholson at the youth national team and gave high remarks for the youngster.

Nicholson could see his first action for his new club in a friendly against Liga MX side Atlas on Saturday.

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