Sounders add Danish pro Sivebaek to bolster midfield
The Seattle Sounders continued their busy offseason with another pickup on Wednesday, signing Danish pro Christian Sivebaek to help shore up their midfield for 2012.
Sivebaek, 23, joins the Sounders from Danish club FC Midtjylland, for whom he made his professional debut in 2006. He’s appeared in 64 games for the club since then, and has also suited up for fellow Danish side Skive IK on loan.
He’s also been a regular in the Danish national team youth pools since 2005, but has yet to earn a cap with the senior team.
“Christian is a player that we have been following for quite some time,” Sounders FC technical director Chris Henderson said in a statement. “He is a good one-vs.-one dribbler who can provide consistent quality service to our strikers. He has good speed and physical presence.
“He has been an up-and-coming player in Denmark,” added Henderson, “and we are looking forward to adding Christian to our attacking arsenal.”
Sivebaek is the second international signing in the past two weeks for the Sounders, who also signed Swedish defender Adam Johansson on Dec. 29. The club also signed veteran MLS defender Marc Burch to a deal on Jan. 3.
"This is an exciting opportunity for me, to be joining such a club as Sounders FC," said Sivebaek in a statement. "I am looking forward to playing in MLS and for one of the best and biggest teams in America. I am very impressed by the professionalism of the club, the high quality of players and staff, and the great number and passion of their fans."