Hlongwane will be Minnesota United’s first U22 initiative signing and will join the “Loons” pending a physical and receipt of his P1 Visa and ITC.
Additionally, he will occupy an international spot on Minnesota’s roster.
“The one thing we’ve spoken about is getting someone with game-changing pace on this roster,” said MNUFC head coach Adrian Heath.
“He has absolutely explosive pace, but he also looks to combine and build with his teammates. We love his raw talents, but his football IQ is exceptional.
“Ask any defender what scares them and who the hardest players to mark are and inevitably its someone with intelligent movement and pace and we feel he possesses both of these qualities.
“He’s got huge upside; he’s now broken into the South African national team and we’ve spoken to his national team coach and he says it’s only the tip of the iceberg for what’s to come.
“He will be a work in progress for the club, but his physical attributes, his raw talent and football intelligence are impressive. We’re pleased to sign him, we know there was competition to get him and so we are pleased he’s a Loon.”
The 21-year-old forward joins Minnesota United after spending his entire professional career to date with Maritzburg United in KwaZulu-Natal.