- Associated Press - Monday, January 30, 2017

SEATTLE (AP) - Looking to bolster options in the midfield, the Seattle Sounders have signed Swedish midfielder Gustav Svensson.

Seattle completed the signing Monday. Svensson is expected to fill a similar role to that of Erik Friberg - another Swedish player - who had his option declined by Seattle after last season and has returned to his native country.

Seattle coach Brian Schmetzer says Svensson can “add some versatility to our midfield.”

Svensson, 29, spent last season in the Chinese Super League with Guangzhou R&F;, appearing in 28 matches. He’s also played for Tavirya Simferopol in the Ukraine, Bursaspor in Turkey and IFK Goteborg in Sweden. Svensson has made six appearances for the Swedish national team in international competition.

Svensson will join Seattle’s current portion of training camp taking place in Tucson, Arizona.

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