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Orlando City signs Swedish centerback Robin Jansson

A general view during the second half between the Orlando City and the New England Revolution at Orlando City Stadium. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Orlando City announced the signing of Swedish centerback Robin Jansson on Tuesday, putting a face to a potential signing teased by club executive vice president of soccer operations Luiz Muzzi.

Jansson, 27, comes to Orlando City from Swedish Allsvenskan side AIK. He won the league title with AIK last season and recorded 25 starts. 

“Robin is a guy that we’re excited to bring to Orlando after the success he has had overseas in Sweden,” Muzzi said in a statement. “This signing continues to build depth and competition within our group for the 2019 season.”

The 6-foot-1 centerback has been capped for Sweden, debuting for his country in January against Finland. He played three seasons with Swedish side IK Oddevold before joining AIK. 

Multiple Swedish outlets first reported the Lions were close to a deal with Jansson. The Mane Land confirmed those reports

Orlando City has used a three-centerback formation in its first two matches. The Lions are in need of depth at centerback with Lamine Sané injured. Rookie Kamal Miller, Alex De John, who is in his first season in MLS, and Shane O’Neill were the team’s centerbacks in its first two matches.

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