San Jose, CA (December 20, 2017) – The San Jose Earthquakes announced the signing of Swedish striker Magnus Eriksson as a Designated Player on Wednesday.
The signing, complete with an incredibly cool introduction video, brings the Swedish top flight’s co-leading striker to San Jose, following in the footsteps of new Quakes coach Mikhael Stahre.
San Jose Earthquakes Sign Magnus Eriksson as Designated Player
Eriksson finished last season with 14 goals and seven assists for Djurgardens IF, and finished as a finalist for the league MVP and midfielder of the year. In 2013 and 2014 he helped lead Malmo to back-to-back league championships.
The move brings a player who Stahre, also from Sweden, is very familiar with into the fold with his new team.
“I have had the opportunity to coach with and against Magnus for many years in Sweden,” said Earthquakes head coach Mikael Stahre. “I have known him since he was very young and even played a role in his decision to pursue a career in soccer instead of ice hockey. He is a very versatile player, capable of contributing from multiple positions, and will always work hard for his teammates. I’m looking forward to having him on my side once again this season.”
Eriksson, 27, has spent most of his career moving up the ranks of Swedish soccer, from the youth team of his hometown club, AIK Solna, to AFC Eskilstuna at the age of 17. There, he notched net 11 goals and four assists, all before turning 20.
Eriksson is no stranger to playing in foreign countries either. He has also spent time in the Belgian, Dutch, and Chinese leagues.
The signing, long rumored, seemed imminent once the Earthquakes allowed striker Marco Ureña to be taken by LAFC in the MLS Expansion Draft. This freed up the DP slot that Eriksson will now occupy, and serves as a significant upgrade in the Earthquakes’ attack.
A team that has long relied on star striker Chris Wondolowski to score the bulk of their goals, the Quakes now have a formidable group of attackers to call upon. The trio of Wondo, Georgian Vako Qazaishvili, and Eriksson will give opposing defenses plenty to worry about next season.