It has been a busy off-season for New York City FC and the latest signing is Norwegian international striker Jo Inge Berget, who joins the club as a free agent.
Berget, 27, was most recently a teammate of fellow new signing Anton Tinnerholm for the past three seasons at Swedish Allsvenskan side, Malmo FF. He becomes the seventh off-season addition for NYCFC, joining Tinnerholm, Cedric Hountondji, Jesus Medina, Saad Abdul-Salaam, Brad Stuver and Ismael Tajouri.
“I feel delighted, I’m really looking forward to getting to New York and getting to play in MLS for one of the best teams and hopefully we’re going to win a trophy this year,” Berget told NYCFC.com. “New York has been up there at the top but they’ve never won, so hopefully we can make a change to that. I know about the coach and some of the players there and they like to play offensive football. I think it’s going to suit me really well.
A forward capable of playing centrally or on either wing, Berget has played in the top divisions of Norway, England, Scotland and Sweden. This included time in the English Premier League in 2014 at Cardiff City playing for the team’s manager former Manchester United star Ole Gunnar Solksjaer.
“Jo is a player with good experience in Europe and he’s a player who can play in many different positions – on the wing, as a 9, or as a number 10,” said Patrick Vieira, NYCFC’s head coach. “What I like about him is his competitiveness. He’s a fighter, he works hard and he’s a leader in the way he plays.”