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Sounders announce signing of Swedish defender

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Dec. 29, 2011 at 11:14 am with 2 Comments »
December 29, 2011 11:15 am

This just in from the club:

Seattle Sounders FC have signed Swedish international defender Adam Johansson to a multi-year contract, it was announced today. Johansson’s signing will be finalized upon receipt of his P-1 visa and International Clearance. Per Major League Soccer and club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Johansson, 28, has played the past seven years for IFK Göteborg in Sweden’s top league, the Allvenskan. He has made a total of 129 league appearances for Göteborg since 2005, scoring two goals. His pro career began with Västra Frölunda of the second tier in 2002.

“Adam has been a mainstay at Göteborg for years and we are very happy to add him to our defense,” said Sounders FC technical director Chris Henderson. “His leadership and experience are going to be a great compliment to the growth of our team.

“Adam is very good tactically and is smart in the way he joins the attack from the back,” added Henderson. “We are pleased he is also in the running for the starting right back role for Sweden as they prepare for the Euros.”

“I had a great stay in Seattle while meeting with officials from the club, and seeing the stadium and training ground,” said Johansson. “I got a really good feeling. It will be a new start for me, a new life. It’s going to be a good adventure.”

“The Sounders are one of the biggest teams in the United States,” added Johansson. “They want to be one of the top clubs in North and South America and have big crowds. I’m joining a club with a very good reputation.”

In 2009 Johansson made his full international debut for Sweden in a friendly with the U.S. at Carson, Calif. and later started in three World Cup qualifiers, playing on both the left and right side. His ninth and most recent cap came against Cyprus in February 2011.

After finishing runners-up in 2005, Göteborg claimed the Swedish double in 2007, and also claimed the cup in 2008 and 2009. The Angels were second in the league in 2009.

Transaction: Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) – Signed DF Adam Johansson

Adam Johansson

Position: Defender

Height: 5-11

Weight: 165

Birthdate: 2/21/1983

Place of Birth: Gothenburg, Sweden

Hometown (Citizenship): Gothenburg, Sweden (Sweden)

Pronunciation: Yo-HAWN-sun

Last Club: IFK Göteborg (2005-11)

Previous Clubs: Västra Frölunda IF (2002-04)

Leave a comment Comments → 2
  1. derekyoung says:

    Bout time we got a legit announcement. Sounders seem to enjoy dragging these things out.

  2. elmocatt says:

    Welcome aboard A.J. – looks like a quality signing.
    Only bad thing about a player of his caliber is that, since he is in the mix for the Swedish team for Euro 2012, he would miss from late May to possibly early July, depending on how Sweden does.

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