Seattle Sounders Make Adam Johansson Signing Official

It looks like the Seattle Sounders have filled the hole created when they lost James Riley in the 2011 MLS Expansion draft. On Thursday, the team officially announced that they had signed Adam Johansson, a sometimes Swedish international who had most recently been playing for IFK Goteburg.

"The Sounders are one of the biggest teams in the United States," Johansson said in a team release. "They want to be one of the top clubs in North and South America and have big crowds. I'm joining a club with a very good reputation."

At one point, the 28-year-old Johansson seemed well on his way to being Sweden's starting right full back. He made his international debut in 2009 and subsequently appeared in three World Cup qualifiers. But he apparently suffered a knee injury later that year and has not regained his regular spot in Sweden's lineup. His more recent caps have come while playing with Sweden's "B" team against such friendly opponents as Cyprus, against whom he most recently played in February.

Johansson's signing would seem to fill out the Sounders' starting XI. Since losing nine players in a variety of offseason moves, they have signed goalkeeper Michael Gspurning, re-signed Mauro Rosales, acquired defender Marc Burch in the Re-Entry Draft and have even been linked to 23-year-old Dane Christian Sivebaek.

For more insight and analysis of Johansson's signing, be sure to check out Sounders blog Sounder at Heart.

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