New York City FC have signed Norwegian goalkeeper Eirik Johansen. A product of the Manchester City Academy, Johansen spent the pre-season training with New York City FC and joins the club on a permanent contract. Johansen has represented Norway at the youth international level.
Hailing from Nøtterøy Norway, Johansen joined the Manchester City Academy in August 2008, singing a professional contract with the club in 2012. In 2013 he joined League One side Scunthorpe United on loan. In January 2014, Johansen joined Norwegian club Sandefjord on a six-month loan-deal.
Johansen made his debut for New York City FC during the pre-season, coming on as a second half substitute in two matches, first against Danish side Brondby in a friendly and again in the match against Houston at the Carolina Challenge Cup.
“I had a great experience working with squad and coaches during the pre-season and I’m excited to re-join the team on permanent basis,” Johansen said. “The quality of the training really impressed me, as did the way the team came together in such a short period of time.”
When asked about the signing, Head Coach Jason Kreis said:
“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.”
EIRIK HOLMEN JOHANSEN
DOB: July 12, 1992
Birthplace: Tonsberg, Norway
How Acquired: Signed on March 31, 2015
Bio: Joined Manchester City Academy in August 2008. Trained with Club’s first team in 2010-11. Made his first-team debut during a friendly against League of Ireland XI on July 30, 2011. Saw time in preseason friendlies ahead of 2012-13 season and started on the bench during Manchester City’s 2012 FA Community Shield victory. Had loan spells with Scunthorpe United (2013) and Sandefjord (2014-15). Has 33 appearances for Norway at the youth level.
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