HOW ACQUIRED: Signed on January 30, 2017.
Svensson is a seasoned player who has experience at a very high level. Coming back for his second season with the Sounders, his versatility was on full display in 2017 as he played right back, center back, and defensive midfield for Seattle during his 32 regular season appearances. His composure and vision will serve him and his teammates well in 2018.
INTERNATIONAL: Svensson has six appearances for the Swedish National Team, beginning with two caps in 2009. The midfielder has also appeared in a pair of matches for Sweden in 2015 and 2016. He previously earned 24 caps for the Sweden Under-21 squad.
OUTSIDE MLS: Svensson began his pro career with his hometown side IFK Göteborg, where played from 2006-2010, leading the club to the 2008 Svenzka Cupen (Swedish Cup) title and a 2009 second-place finish in the Allsvenskan, the Swedish first division. He moved to Bursaspor of the Turkish Super Lig in 2010, where he made 38 appearances in the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 campaigns. Svensson then spent two seasons with Ukrainian side Tarivya before returning to IFK Göteborg in 2014, where he made 52 appearances across two campaigns, helping Göteborg to a pair of runner-up finished in the Allsvenskan, the club's best finish since the 2009 season. After moving to Guangzhou R&F of the Chinese Super League in 2016, Svensson started all 28 of his appearances as the club finished sixth with a record of 11-12-7.