TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Signing
Tinnerholm, 26, joins NYCFC on a free transfer following the expiration of his contract with recently-crowned Swedish champions Malmo FF.
“As soon as I heard NYCFC was interested, I really wanted to join,” Tinnerholm, the 2017 Allsvenskan Defener of the Year, told NYCFC.com. I spoke to [head coach Patrick Vieira] and there are ambitions to go and win the title and I’m a player who always wants to play in a top team.
“I wanted a new challenge and I’m ready for a new adventure, so it seems to me that this is a great opportunity to try and help the Club make history in New York City. I heard very good things about playing under Patrick – I think I can learn a lot and develop under him as a coach and I can’t wait to play at Yankee Stadium.”
Tinnerholm has earned seven caps for the Swedish national team since making his debut in 2015. He has also featured for Malmo in the Champions League group stage, facing off against Real Madrid, Paris-Saint Germain and Shakhtar Donetsk in the 2015-16 campaign.
“We’re really excited about the signing of Anton – he brings a lot of experience from playing at a high level with Malmo, a team that’s won the Swedish championship for three of the last four seasons,” said NYCFC sporting director Claudio Reyna. “Anton brings a winning mentality from his experiences at Malmo and that’s important when we’re recruiting players for NYCFC. He’s motivated by the goal of continuing his involvement with the Swedish national team and we believe that NYCFC will give him the platform to get selected for the World Cup this summer.
Prior to joining Malmo, Tinnerholm represented Brokinds IF and IK Ostria Lamohov at the youth level, before spending six years at Atvidabergs FF where he made his pro debut and featured in more than 100 games.
Tinnerholm has been called up for a Swedish national team camp from January 2-17 where they will take on Estonia and Denmark in friendly matches as Sweden’s FIFA World Cup preparations commence.
|New York City FC|
|ROSTERED PLAYERS (18 of 30 spots filled as of Dec. 13, 2017):|
GK (2): Sean Johnson, Andre Rawls
OFFSEASON ACQUISITIONS (1): Anton Tinnerholm