NYCFC Sign Slovenian Defender Struna

Struna, NYCFC
Andraz Struna has joined New York City FC.

With the 2017 Major League Soccer season in the home stretch, New York City FC has added to its defense with the signing of free agent Andraz Struna.

He most recently was with Hearts of the Scottish Premier League and has signed a contract with NYCFC through the end of the current season with option years for 2018 and 2019.

“There are many reasons why I’m glad to be here, such as the club having a solid foundation and giving me the opportunity to work with great experts,” Struna said. “This is a big thing for me because I think I can learn a lot from the likes of (head coach) Patrick (Vieira) and all of the experienced people at the club.”

A 28-year old Slovenian international, Struna has been featured primarily at right-back in a career which has seen him play in his homeland, in Poland and in Greece, before his move to Scotland in January 2017.

Struna has represented Slovenia at international level on 25 occasions since his debut in 2012, scoring one goal in a Euro 2016 qualifier vs. San Marino.

Vieira said Andraz will add to his options in the backline going into the final eight games of the regular season.

“We’re entering a really important stretch of the season and I’m pleased that we were able to bring in Andraz at this stage to strengthen our squad,” the head coach said. “Andraz is an experienced international defender and I’m looking forward to working with him on the training field.”