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Report: Minnesota United turning to ex-Sunderland GK Mannone

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SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - JANUARY 02: Vito Mannone of Sunderland warms up prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Aston Villa at Stadium of Light on January 2, 2016 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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The goalkeeping competition at Minnesota United was set to be very interesting, with longtime MLS backstop Bobby Shuttleworth and promising rookie Dayne St. Clair joined by a third keep.

The potential identify of that third one makes the competition a little less open.

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The Loons will reportedly add former Arsenal and Sunderland backstop Vito Mannone on loan from Reading, says The Athletic’s Jeff Rueter.

Mannone, 30, is behind Emiliano Martinez -- on loan from Arsenal -- and journeyman Sam Walker has been No. 2 in recent weeks.

The keeper was a bright light for Sunderland in its relegation season two years ago, backing the club from top-to-bottom and staying very active in the community.

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