• Wednesday Jan 31, 2018

    Seattle Sounders FC signs Norway’s Eikrem

    Magnus Wolff Eikrem (pictured) signs his Seattle Sounders FC contract on January 30, 2018. (Photo: Seattle Sounders FC)

    SEATTLE, Washington -- Seattle Sounders FC announced Tuesday the signing of midfielder Magnus Wolff Eikrem.

    The 27-year-old Norwegian comes to the Major League Soccer side after nine seasons in Europe and four top-flight league titles, including Swedish championships the last two years with Malmo FF.

    "It is always good to add players with a championship mentality to our roster as we attempt to get back to MLS Cup this season," said Sounders FC Head Coach Brian Schmetzer. "On top of that, healthy competition at every position is good for the team, and I look forward to getting Magnus into preseason camp and seeing how he fits with the squad."

    After playing for Manchester United’s youth and reserve teams, Eikrem began his first-team career in 2011 with Molde FK in the Norwegian first division, where he recorded 68 league appearances and six goals in three seasons, helping the side to titles in 2011 and 2012.

    Eikrem transferred to the Netherlands’ Heerenveen (2013-14), before competing for Cardiff City in the English Premier League and Championship.  In 2015, he moved to Malmo, scoring a career-high seven goals in 28 league appearances in his first season and going on to capture a pair of Allsvenskan crowns (2016, 2017).  

    With Norway, Eikrem has earned 17 caps, including six appearances in European qualifying for 2014 FIFA World Cup.

    Sounders FC will open its 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League campaign in the Round of 16 at El Salvador’s Santa Tecla on February 22.

     

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