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Philadelphia Union sign center back Jakob Glesnes

Jakob Glesnes comes to the Philadelphia Union on a two-year deal with options for a third and fourth season.

The Philadelphia Union’s search for a fourth center back is over. 

On Friday, the Eastern Conference side announced it signed center back Jakob Glesnes from Stromsgodset in Norway. The club paid an undisclosed transfer fee for the defender. 

The 25-year-old was signed used targeted allocation money and is on a two-year contract with options for a third and fourth season. 

“To become a captain of a club at 25-years-old is a remarkable feat for a young player and what attracted us to Jakob in addition to his strong aerial presence and front-foot defense,” said Ernst Tanner, Philadelphia Union Sporting Director. “Coming from a club with a similar style of play, Jakob will be able to easily transition into our system, making him a valuable asset to our defense and club.”

Glesnes comes to the Union as a reinforcement at the position behind Mark McKenzie and Jack Elliott. McKenzie is projected to spend time away from the club with the United States U23 Olympic qualifying team, so Glesnes could fill in as a starter in that situation. Aurelien Collin is the other center back on the roster. 

Before coming to the Union, Glesnes played for four clubs across the three tiers of Norwegian soccer, with his latest spell at Stromsgodset dating back to 2016. 

Glesnes joins defensive-minded midfielders Jose “El Brujo” Martinez and Matej Oravec as reinforcements to a defensive unit that conceded 50 goals during the 2019 season. 

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