NEW YORK – New York City FC has announced it has acquired left back Malte Amundsen from Danish club Vejle BK pending the receipt of a P-1 visa and International Transfer Certificate.

The defender will occupy an international roster slot.

Amundsen became the first Danish player to sign with the Major League Soccer club.

“It’s a wonderful feeling for me and I’m very happy to sign with NYCFC,” Amundsen said in a statement. “I know it is a big club and MLS is a very good league, so for me it was a no-brainer. I wanted to join a team that is winning, and I know NYCFC has been one of the winningest teams in the league over the past few seasons. Hopefully now we can go on and achieve something bigger than what’s been done so far.

“I knew Ronny before, because he was in Norway and with Celtic. I spoke with him and the way he wants to play fits my style. I can’t wait to meet the fans once we’re able to be with them. I know New York is the greatest city in the world and I look forward to experiencing all that it has, but I’ve come here to play football and win a trophy for this Club and our fans.”

The 23-year-old defender has appeared in more than 100 professional matches since making his debut for HB Køge as a 17-year-old. He featured for Køge during a preseason friendly against NYCFC in 2016.

The 5-10, 170-lb. Amundsen’s performances in Denmark caught the eye of Norwegian champions Rosenborg BK who signed him as a 19-year-old in 2018.

After making his debut for Rosenborg in the domestic cup, the Dane then joined German club Eintracht Braunschweig on loan before returning to his homeland with Vejle where he helped guide the side back to the Danish Superliga for the 2020-2021 season.

Amundsen played in Vejle’s first 14 matches this campaign, scoring one goal, before completing his transfer to New York City.

“Malte is the type of left back we were looking for in this transfer window,” NYCFC head coach Ronny Deila said in a statement. “He is a very good 1 v 1 defender and likes to get stuck into tackles. His work rate is incredible, and he will give everything he has for all 90 minutes. Modern full backs must be able to attack and Malte likes to get forward and provide service into the box. We’re looking forward to getting him into preseason with us. I know he’ll fight every day to make this team and himself better.”