NEW YORK – New York City FC Thursday announced that defender Anton Tinnerholm has agreed to a new multi-year contract with the MLS club.

Tinnerholm was named NYCFC’s defensive player of the year in 2018. In his debut season, the Swedish international played in and started 31 league matches, scoring four goals and assisting six times. The goal and assist tallies were good enough for top three in the league for defenders in both categories.

The Swedish right back arrived from Malmo FF ahead of the 2018 season and quickly cemented his status as one of the league’s best defenders. He’s started over 60 games across all competitions totaling five goals and 13 assists since his arrival.

“Extending my contract with NYCFC is the one thing I really wanted to do and it was a simple choice,” Tinnerholm said. “Since the very first game last season, I’ve felt New York is the place to be and NYCFC is the Club to be at. When you’re enjoying your life and career so much, there’s been no doubt for me that I wanted to re-sign here.

“From the start I’ve felt like this is a second home for me. All the guys on the team and the staff around the club welcomed me in a really good way. I fit into the team very well and I’ve felt this is a place where I really want stay. This team can achieve a lot and I really want to do something special this year and in the next few years as well.”

Last year, Alex Callens, Maxime Chanot, Sean Johnson and captain Alex Ring signed multi-year contracts.

“We’re excited to extend Anton’s contract and keep him at NYCFC during the prime of his career,” NYCFC sporting director Claudio Reyna. “He’s been a fantastic addition to the team and his success on the field from day one speaks for itself.

“Anton continues to provide a strong presence in the locker room and his commitment to the Cclub off the field has been first class. With this contract extension, we feel we’re locking down one of the best right backs in the league for the next few years and it’s a great day for the club.”

The Swedish right back arrived from Malmo FF ahead of the 2018 season and quickly cemented his status as one of the league’s best defenders. He’s started over 60 games across all competitions totaling five goals and 13 assists since his arrival.

“Anton is a player who brings many qualities to our club,” City head coach Dome Torrent said. “He has a strong passion for the game and gives everything he has for NYCFC. He fights every single moment of the match and is an important part of the heart of this team. Having him here for the next few years is amazing for the club and he will continue to be a special player that our fans will love.”