FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution have acquired midfielder Arnór Ingvi Traustason from Swedish Allsvenskan side Malmö FF for an undisclosed fee and signed him to a two-year contract with an additional one-year team option. A 27-year-old Icelandic international, Traustason joins the Revolution following 11 professional seasons in the top flights of Sweden, Greece, Austria, Norway, and Iceland. He will occupy an international roster slot and will be added to the roster upon receipt of his P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate (ITC).
“Arnór is a talented player who brings a great deal of experience at both the international and club levels to our roster,” Revolution Sporting Director & Head Coach Bruce Arena said. “We’re excited to welcome him into the team and hope to get him integrated as quickly as possible.”
Traustason most recently featured for reigning Swedish champions Malmö FF, where he registered 17 goals and 20 assists in more than 100 appearances across all competitions, including 34 games played in UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. The six-foot winger helped Malmö capture the 2020 Allsvenskan title, one season after the club finished one point shy of winning the league in 2019. Traustason also contributed to runner-up finishes in the 2019-20 and 2017-18 Swedish Cups.
Prior to joining Malmö ahead of the 2018 season, Traustason spent one year with Austria Bundesliga side Rapid Wien, contributing three goals and four assists in more than 1,900 minutes played, including eight appearances in the 2016-17 UEFA Europa League. He also helped the Vienna-based outfit to a second-place finish in that season’s Austrian Cup. Traustason completed a loan spell to Greek side AEK Athens in the first half of the 2017-18 campaign, scoring once in five appearances across all competitions and helping the club win the Super League 1 championship.
From 2014-16, Traustason featured for Swedish Allsvenskan side IFK Norrköping. He recorded 16 goals and 19 assists across 66 appearances and more than 5,000 minutes played. Traustason claimed his first two professional trophies in 2015, when he lifted the Allsvenskan and Swedish Super Cup trophies with Norrköping. Before joining Norrköping, the winger spent the first four seasons of his professional career with his hometown club, Keflavík ÍF, of Iceland’s top-flight Úrvalsdeild karla – completing a brief loan stint to Norwegian side Sandnes Ulf in 2012. Traustason began his professional career with Keflavik in 2010, and submitted 14 goals in 56 appearances across all competitions in four seasons with the club.
On the international stage, Traustason has collected 37 caps and scored five goals with the Iceland national team. The Keflavik native represented Iceland at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, as well as the 2016 European Championship. Traustason made two appearances at Euro 2016, which saw Iceland make a historic run to the quarterfinal – the country’s best all-time finish in the continental competition – and scored the game-winning goal in a group stage match against Austria that propelled the team into the knockout phase. Traustason also represented Iceland extensively as a youth international, making 19 appearances at the Under-21, Under-19, and Under-17 levels.
TRANSACTION: New England Revolution acquired midfielder Arnór Ingvi Traustason from Malmö FF and signed him to a to a two-year contract with an additional one-year team option on March 16, 2021.
#25 Arnór Ingvi Traustason
Pronunciation: ARE-nor TRAW-steh-sun
Date of Birth: 04/30/1993 (Keflavík, Iceland)
Hometown: Keflavík, Iceland
How Acquired: Acquired by New England from Malmö FF on March 16, 2021.