Just days ago, our own Connor Donahue wrote an article saying that the only key piece New York City FC was lacking going into 2020 was a left back to back up — or even eclipse — veteran Ronald Matarrita. And it seems that City has answered that call.
Today, NYCFC announced that they have signed defender/midfielder Gudmundur Thórarinsson from Swedish club IFK Norrköping.
On paper, this a great signing for NYCFC.
At 27 years old, Thórarinsson is in the prime of his career and has experience at both the UEFA Champions League and Europa League levels. Thórarinsson has also capped for Iceland’s national team five times since 2014.
According to his Transfermarkt profile, Thórarinsson has mainly featured as a central midfielder with stints at both defensive midfield and a wide mid on the left side. NYCFC’s press release — as well as some highlight videos — say that Thórarinsson can feature at left back as well.
On what position(s) he prefers to play, Thórarinsson told the club, “I’m a creative person, so I like when I can play in different positions. It’s hard for me to pick a favorite, I simply enjoy playing football so I’m happy and I’ll give my all no matter which position I’m asked to play. The Icelandic DNA is to always give your best to the team.”
Thórarinsson — who will take up an international roster spot in 2020 — will join the club upon receiving a P-1 visa and International Transfer Certificate (ITC).
Welcome to the club, Gudi!