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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About Sean Donahue

Sean Donahue has been covering the New England Revolution since 2002 for various publications. He has covered four MLS Cups, in addition to covering various international matches, including World Cup Qualifying and the CONCACAF Gold Cup. He has done freelance work for the AP and ESPN Boston. Sean hosted Revolution Recap, a weekly radio program covering the New England Revolution and U.S. Men's National Team from 2005-2008. He is a member of the North American Soccer Reporters. Sean can be reached at nesoccertoday@gmail.com or followed on twitter @SeanLDonahue