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St. Louis City add defender Joakim Nilsson ahead of 2023 debut

Mar 25, 2022; St.Louis, MO, USA;  A general view before the inaugural MLS NEXT Pro match between the St. Louis City 2 and the RNY FC at Hermann Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis City SC, who will make their MLS debut next season, signed defender Joakim Nilsson to their roster on Wednesday.

Nilson played previously with Arminia Bielefeld of Germany’s Bundesliga.

Nilsson, who has 10 games of experience with Sweden’s national team, will make his debut with the club this summer while playing for St. Louis City2 of MLS NEXT Pro. He was recently invited to camp for the Swedish national team.

Nilsson, 28, becomes the fourth player St. Louis City SC have signed from the Bunsesliga.

“We have managed to get another top player with tremendous quality and experience on our roster,” club sporting director Lutz Pfannenstiel said in a release. “Nilsson is the kind of defender any team would want, as he is a natural leader and possesses all the attributes to be successful in any league. He is assertive in (one-on-one) duels, good in the air and great at building out from the back.”

Arminia Bielefeld was relegated from the Bundesliga this past season, finishing 5-16-13 (34 points).

–Field Level Media