NAME: Eirik Holmen Johansen
D.O.B.: 12 July 1992 (Age 22)
BIRTHPLACE: Tønsberg, Norway
PREVIOUS CLUBS: Manchester City Under-21's, Scunthorpe (loan: English League One), Teie IF (Norwegian Fifth Division)
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE: Norway Under-23's, and recently trained with Norway's senior team
EIRIK SAYS: "I had a great experience working with [the] squad and coaches during the pre-season and I’m excited to re-join the team on permanent basis. The quality of the training really impressed me, as did the way the team came together in such a short period of time."
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A truly towering keeper originally signed to the Manchester City youth system in 2012, Johansen made two appearances for New York City FC in the preseason as a second-half substitute: against Brøndby in Manchester, and later against Houston Dynamo at the Carolina Challenge Cup in Charleston.
Here's what NYC manager Jason Kreis had to say when Johansen's signing was announced today:
"We had a good look at Eirik over the course of the pre-season, and he adapted well to the team and to our style of play. It’s always good to have strong competition for places in the team, and Eirik will add to an already strong group of goalkeepers vying for game time. It’s a long season and guys will get their opportunities for various reasons."
With Ryan Meara back from injury and Akira Fitzgerald waiting in the wings, Jason Kreis's side has more than enough coverage in goal behind first-choice portero Josh Saunders. In all likelihood, it makes Johansen a likely candidate for a loan spell at Wilmington, New York City's partner in the third-tier USL Pro division.
(As soon as we find a video of Eirik dunking a basketball, YA BEST BELIEVE we will post it. Stay tuned.)
Heading photo courtesy of New York City FC.