Philadelphia Union add Jakob Glesnes to back line, sign Norwegian on TAM deal


The Philadelphia Union announced Friday they have signed defender Jakob Glesnes from Norway's Stromsgodset Toppfotball to a two-year contract with a club option for a third and fourth year using Targeted Allocation Money in exchange for an undisclosed transfer fee.

The 25-year-old will be added to the Union’s active roster following receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P1 Visa and will occupy an international roster slot.

Glesnes captained Stromsgodset Toppfotball in Norway's top flight last season after joining the club in 2016. He made 30 appearances each of the last two seasons and has three goals and seven assists in 113 overall matches for the club.

"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,” Union sporting director Ernst Tanner said in a statement. “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.”

Previously, Glesnes played for First Division club Asane in 2015 before joining first-tier club Sarpsborg 08, making his debut in March 2016. His first appearance for the Norway’s U-21 national team came on Oct. 7 of 2016 and he was called up to represent the senior national side last October.

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