NYCFC Signs Tinnerholm, Acquires Abdul-Salaam From KC

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Anton Tinnerholm

It’s been a busy couple days for New York City FC as the team has added three new players to its roster ahead of the 2018 season.

Sweden international Anton Tinnerholm is joining New York City as a free agent after his contract with Malmo FF expired at the end of their 2017 season, pending receipt of P1 visa and ITC. He is the reigning 2017 Allsvenskan Defender of the Year after he played a key role in helping Malmo to clinch back-to-back titles in October.

“As soon as I heard NYCFC was interested, I really wanted to join,” Tinnerholm told NYCFC.com. “I spoke to Patrick and there are ambitions to go and win the title and I’m a player who always wants to play in a top team. I’m really looking forward to the season – I’m used to winning in Sweden and hopefully, I can now do the same thing in the United States.”

He arrives in New York City with UEFA Champions League experience under his belt, after he helped Malmo to the group stages of the 2015/16 competition where he faced off against Real Madrid, PSG and Shakhtar Donetsk.

Tinnerholm has been called up for a National Team camp from January 2 – 17 where Janne Anderson’s men will take on Estonia and Denmark in friendly matches as Sweden’s FIFA World Cup auditions commence.

In addition, New York City FC has completed the signing of Brad Stuver from Columbus Crew SC in exchange for a 2019 4th Round SuperDraft pick. Stuver joins Sean Johnson and Andre Rawls in competition for the goalkeeper spot in 2018.

“I’m really looking forward to getting started in New York and working with (Rob Vartughian), Sean (Johnson) and Andre (Rawls), competing for that spot and improving together,” he said.

Stuver, 26, has made two MLS appearances for Columbus, facing off against his new team in his second pro game on Decision Day at Yankee Stadium in 2016.

Rounding out the roster moves, NYCFC traded forward Khiry Shelton to Sporting KC for defender Saad Abdul-Salaam.

Shelton, 24, was NYCFC’s first-ever MLS SuperDraft pick, joining the club as the No.2 overall pick ahead of the inaugural season in January 2015. He went on to make 54 Regular Season appearances over the course of his three years in New York, scoring six goals and contributing ten assists.

Abdul-Salaam, 26, was picked up by Sporting KC in the same 2015 SuperDraft as the 12th overall pick. A tall, athletic right-back, he has played 64 times in three seasons for Sporting and was named the team’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2016 after completing six assists – a league-high for a defender.