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Runström Negotiating

Preseason trialist Björn Runström is still in negotiations to join the Revs. (Photo: Joshua Pearson)

One preseason trialist who may still be on his way to the New England Revolution is Swedish striker Björn Runström. According to Runström’s agent, Patrick Mörk, negotiations are ongoing with the club.

Runström joined the Revs on trial during their preseason trip to Tucson, Arizona and played in all three group matches of the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup.  Runström had the winning goal in the Revs 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake. Though the Revs won all three group matches, Runström, along with 17-year-old Diego Fagundez, were the only forwards to score for the Revs during the tournament.

Runström, 28, most recently played for Hammarby IF in the Swedish second division. His contract with Hammarby was not renewed after a reported disagreement with head coach Greg Berhalter, a former U.S. International. Runstrom, a 6-foot-1 forward, was also on the books at Danish SuperLiga club Odense Boldklub (2008-2011), English Premier League club Fulham FC (2006-2008), and Italian clubs ACF Fiorentina (2003-2004), A.C. ChievoVerona (2002-2003) and Bologna F.C. (2001-2002).

Runström has also had loan spells with Norway’s Molde FK (2010-11), Luton Town F.C. (2007), a lower division English club, and German club 1. FC Kaiserslautern (2007-08). The Swede’s best years came in his initial stint at Hammarby from 2004 till 2006 when he scored 22 goals, earning a move to Fulham for a reported fee of around $1.1 million.

Should Runström sign, he’ll be the Revs fifth addition – excluding rookies – at forward the season. The Revs have already added French Saër Sène, Colombian Fernando Cardenas, former D.C. United striker Blake Brettschneider, and are awaiting the arrival of Colombian Jose “Pepe” Moreno.

Mörk also tweeted another interesting bit of information: Boston College product Alejandro Bedoya, who many speculated may be headed to MLS due to Glasgow Rangers’ financial troubles, will stay in Scotland with Rangers at least until the summer.


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  1. Chris B

    March 12, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Well based on Blake’s performance on Sat. I sincerely hope Runstrom signs!

    And, the allocation order in the summer is definitely something to look out for with the Revs at number 2 as well as the whole situation at Rangers.

  2. Jim

    March 12, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    I was going to say exactly what Chris B said.

    Give this fellow whatever he wants.

    Also, do we really think that Bedoya, especially looking at Benny’s situation here, is going to come back to the MLS when he could find another team in Europe?

    • Chris B

      March 12, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      For their sake Runstrom and his agent better understand MLS contracts, we wouldn’t want the front office to pull a Lekic and drive Runstrom away during negotiations.

      Jim- for your question about Bedoya, he’ll probably look around Europe for sure but if he comes to MLS he’ll fall first with Vancouver who may be getting better but Vancouver wants Bocanegra and we have too many midfielders so he’d probably be traded.

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