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Tweeted: Runström Joins Revs

Preseason trialist Björn Runström has signed a contract to join the Revs according to his agent. (Photo: Joshua Pearson)

Two weeks ago it appeared the New England Revolution’s chances of signing Björn Runström had come to an end after the Swedish striker rejected the team’s final offer according to his agent, Patrick Mörk. Now, apparently, Runström is set to become the Revs latest signing .

According’s Jakob Celik, who translated the tweet from Runström’s agent Patrick Mörk for New England Soccer Today, it reads:

“Björn Runström next Swede in MLS. Joins New England Revolution – the contract was just signed.

The Swedish forward scored once in three matches while on trial with the Revolution during the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup preseason.

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.

Runström’s signing would make him 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 Colombian Jose “Pepe” Moreno. Sène tallied his first goal last weekend in the Revs 1-0 win over the Portland timbers, while Moreno has yet to play.


  1. rick sewall

    March 27, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Is it a necessity to get players who have played for and released by around 6 teams? Need we always get retreads? Ownership has to take full responsibility and has to take charge for player acquisition.

    • Jesse Kane

      March 27, 2012 at 11:56 am

      “We always get retreads”

      Could replace the “we are going to attack”

      Unless he works out great, then I say great job Revs.

  2. Daniel

    March 27, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    He has basically been a failure at every club he has played for since his first stint at Hammarby. I hope it works out for him, since he is a very hard-working player. But I don’t think he is going to make much on impact at New England. This signing does not really make sense to me.

  3. Daniel

    March 27, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    much of an *

  4. Robert

    March 27, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Personally I congratulate the Revs for this signing. A hard working and very smart player on the pitch. He had a rotten last year in a really rotten team = unfortunately my favorite team Hammarby. It is not easy to be a striker without balls coming up on the offensive side of the pitch. I felt pity for him in that surrounding watching the games last year – a waste of talent. I will miss him and I am convinced that if he had stayed with us he would have taken us back to the top league this season. A real waste to let him leave for the MLS.

    • Chris B

      March 27, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      That’s good to know! We had the same issue with one of our forwards last year, he wasn’t getting chances and wasn’t scoring as many goals as we would’ve hoped.

      If it’s true Runstrom signed, I’m sure this year he will get opportunities!

  5. Chris B

    March 27, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    And we make room for him on the roster how…?

  6. austin

    March 27, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Cut brettschneider… I haven’t seen one sliver of. Talent. So excited about this signing. Just the target forward we need. His production is questionable though.

  7. Brian O'Connell

    March 27, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    @Chris – technically, they’re at 27 right now w/ Nyassi on the DL, so once Runstrom is officially added, that’ll put them at 28, still two short of the max. So they don’t necessarily need to cut someone to make room. But it wouldn’t shock me one bit if the they make a corresponding move.

    • Chris B

      March 28, 2012 at 4:19 pm

      But I don’t understand how the DL works. If Nyassi is fit again in the next few weeks or so and the number is 29 then what happens? Are the Revs actually going to fill the 29th spot and not take the allocation money that comes with leaving that spot unfilled? If so I’d be pleasantly surprised!

  8. Brian O'Connell

    March 28, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    My understanding is that a player on the DL doesn’t occupy a spot on the roster until he comes off it. So, Runstrom occupies the 28th spot, so to speak, because Nyassi doesn’t currently occupy a spot. That being said, the Revs may have a decision to make once Nyassi’s eligible to be activated in late-April. It’s definitely a situation worth keeping an eye on.

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