Atlanta United sign defender Alex De John


Atlanta United have signed defender Alex De John, the membership introduced Friday. The deal runs via 2021. 

De John, 29, spent the last two seasons with Orlando City SC, making 12 appearances (six begins). All six of his appearances in 2020 got here off the bench as Orlando made the playoffs for the primary time in membership history. 

“Alex has been coaching with us for the reason that start of our preseason and has built-in well with the group, each within the locker room and on the field,” membership VP & technical director Carlos Bocanegra said in a membership assertion. “He’ll add competition to our backline and has shortly confirmed to be teammate and a mannequin skilled who brings years of expertise, each abroad and in MLS.”

De John is a center back, including to the membership’s defensive depth.

Previous to signing for Orlando, De John spent time in Europe, making 125 career appearances abroad. He started his career abroad in Finland with Ekenäs IF earlier than transferring on to Turun Palloseura (TPS), the place he competed within the top flight within the country. Whereas with TPS, De John appeared in 34 matches throughout all competitions in 2014. In 2015, De John moved to Norwegian membership IK Start, showing in 41 matches over two seasons in Eliteserien, the top tier of the Norwegian soccer system. De John moved to Dalkurd FF in Sweden in 2017, the place he appeared in 20 matches whereas serving to the membership attain promotion to the Allsvenskan, the country’s top league, for the 2018 marketing campaign. General, he made 43 appearances in all competitions for Dalkurd.

He was a standout at Old Dominion in school.


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