Union sign Norwegian centerback Glesnes to two-year deal

The Philadelphia Union brought in an experienced European centerback ahead of the 2020 season.

Norwegian defender Jakob Glesnes signed a two-year contract with the Union on Friday, joining from Stromsgodset for an undisclosed transfer fee. Glesnes’ contract also includes a club option for a third (2022) and fourth (2023) year and was acquired with Targeted Allocation Money (TAM). He will occupy an international roster spot on the Union’s roster.

“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. “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.”

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’s National Team. In total, Glesnes has registered 234 professional appearances, scoring 12 goals.

Between Norway’s Under-21 MNT and Under-17 MNT, Glesnes has made seven appearances for his country.

Glesnes joins the Union’s centerback corp which features Homegrown defender Mark McKenzie, Jack Elliott and Aurelien Collin. The Union traded fellow Homegrown defender Auston Trusty to the Colorado Rapids earlier this offseason.

The Union are coming off their best single in club history, earning their first-ever playoff win. Glesnes becomes the club’s third permanent signing this season, following Jamiro Monteiro and Jose Martinez.

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

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