NEW YORK – New York City FC Tuesday announced that it signed Icelandic international defender Gudmundur Thórarinsson.
Thórarinsson, who will occupy an international roster slot, played for Swedish club IFK Norrköping from 2017 to the present.
He will join the club pending the receipt of a P-1 visa and International Transfer Certificate.
The 27-year-old defender has played as a left back and in central midfield. Over the past three seasons, Thórarinsson featured 84 times in Sweden’s top division, scoring four goals and adding 15 assists.
“Joining New York City FC is a big decision for me in my career, Thórarinsson said. “I’ve only heard great things about the vlub and I’m thrilled to get going and start playing football again. I’ve seen the way Ronny [Deila, head coach] works and likes to play football, so that was a really big part of my decision. He likes to play possession football and keep the ball, which I love as well.
“I’m a creative person, so I like when I can play in different positions. It’s hard for me to pick a favorite, I simply enjoy playing football so I’m happy and I’ll give my all no matter which position I’m asked to play. The Icelandic DNA is to always give your best to the team.
“I’m focused now on getting to know the players and helping the lub. I’m really excited to develop my game and play well for New York City and I can’t wait to come and showcase my talent as a football player.”
Before joining Norrköping in 2017, Thórarinsson won the Tippeligaen and Norwegian Football Cup titles with Rosenborg BK in 2016. Thórarinsson has also played for Danish side FC Nordsjælland, Norwegian club Sarpsborg 08 FF and Ípróttabandalag Vestmannaeyja and UMF Selfoss in his native Iceland.
He also made double-digit appearances across both the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League tournaments.
“Gudmundur is a talented player and is a smart footballer on the pitch,” Deila said. “He’s versatile and his technique on the ball is very good which is a tremendous fit for our system. He is also a competitor and goes about business in a professional way. I’ve heard nothing but great things about him as an individual and I’m really excited to welcome him into our team ahead of the season.”
The 6-foot, 170-lb. Thórarinsson made his debut for the Iceland national team against Sweden in 2014 as a 21-year-old. He has made five appearances, and most recently played for the senior team in 2019.
“Gudmundur is a player we’ve been tracking for some time and we’re delighted he has chosen to join the club ahead of other opportunities he had in Europe,” NYCFC sporting director David Lee said. “We primarily see Gudmundur adding competition at left-back, but his versatility to play in multiple positions will be an asset for us as we compete in multiple competitions throughout 2020.
“He has a lot of experience across different leagues in Scandinavia, but also in European competition and at the international level with Iceland. We continue to build a deep squad and signing Gudmundur adds more depth at multiple positions which will be very beneficial for us as we enter the Concacaf Champions League next month.”