Whereas CF Montreal striker Bjorn Johnsen has made 16 appearances with Norway’s national team and played the primary decade of his skilled career abroad, he truly spent a lot of his childhood within the United States.
Johnsen, 29, grew up in North Carolina and stored tabs on Major League Soccer’s progress earlier than being signed from South Korean Premier League membership Ulsan Hyundai in early February. He arrives on a two-year contract with an choice for 2023 utilizing Focused Allocation Cash.
Earlier than this move, Johnsen revealed that he stayed clued into MLS information through the Extratime podcast. He additionally had discussions with former Seattle Sounders center back Kim Kee-hee, who received MLS Cup in 2019 earlier than turning into Johnsen’s teammate at Ulsan Hyundai.
“He had a fantastic year, clearly, winning the MLS Cup,” Johnsen said of his conversations with Kee-hee. “He clearly has great memories, not a player who lost each sport. He just advised me that proper now that it’s superb, the continuity of all of the teams enjoying well, doing higher each year and getting higher players each year. I clearly comply with as well. Small issues like MLS is Back and Extratime – I watched these podcasts, I adopted MLS.”
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Johnsen’s globetrotting career carried him to Scotland’s Coronary heart of Midlothian and Dutch Eredivisie golf equipment ADO Den Haag and AZ Alkmaar over the past half-decade. If nothing else, his résumé is among the most intriguing in MLS.
CF Montreal sporting director Olivier Renard described Johnsen as a “big and very cell striker” upon signing the 6-foot-5 attacker. Alongside fellow strikers Romell Quioto and Mason Toye, he’ll bring one other dimension to Montreal’s final third.
And whereas it stays to be seen how Johnsen adjusts to MLS, he’s at all times kicked round a move like this.
“Many individuals won’t keep in mind me as a result of I’ve played so lengthy, however the individuals from North Carolina, they know who I’m,” Johnsen said. “They know that I’ve at all times considered perhaps coming back to MLS. I didn’t know if it was going to be now or on the last year of my career, I didn’t know. Clearly proper now I just acquired the chance, thanks to Olivier and thanks to Montreal as well.”