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Union reportedly close to adding Norwegian defender Glesnes

The Philadelphia Union are reportedly close to adding depth to its backline for 2020.

Norwegian club Stromgodset announced on Tuesday that center back Jakob Glesnes is set to join the Union, pending personal terms and a medical. His arrival would be the Union’s second new signing of the offseason, following midfielder Jose Martinez. Jamiro Monteiro was also acquired permanently from FC Metz after spending the 2019 on-loan with Jim Curtin’s side.

Glesnes, 25, joined Stromsgodset in 2016 and went on to total 113 appearances. He is coming off a season where he was club captain and has also been capped at the youth levels for Norway. In total, Glesnes has registered 234 professional appearances, scoring 12 goals.

Should the Union add Glesnes he will join a centerback group that features Mark McKenzie, Jack Elliott and Aurelien Collin.

McKenzie, who is currently on USMNT duty, could miss time this season with the U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team. Qualification for the 2020 Summer Olympics starts in March and should Jason Kreis’ side qualify for the Olympics, McKenzie could also miss time in the summer.

The Union kick off the 2020 MLS regular season on Feb. 29th at FC Dallas.

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