Atlanta United surprised fans on Thursday by announcing the signing of Norwegian center back Stian Gregersen from Bordeaux in the French second division. This move, part of the preparations for the 2024 season, reveals the club's relentless pursuit of reinforcements to boost its ambitions.
Stian Gregersen, 28, brings with him a solid international experience, having represented Norway on eight occasions, including World Cup qualifiers and international friendlies. His versatility and ability to adapt to different styles of play are highlighted by Atlanta United's Vice President and Technical Director, Carlos Bocaengra, who emphasizes the importance of the new defender in organizing and leading the defensive line.
The Norwegian center back, who has a contract with MLS until the 2027 season with the option to extend until 2028, arrives at a crucial moment for Atlanta United, aiming to solidify its defense. With 229 professional appearances and a record of 8 goals and 4 assists, Gregersen brings not only experience but also a history of consistent performance.
The possibility of Stian Gregersen forming a defensive partnership with Peruvian international Luis Abram promises a combination of skills that can significantly strengthen Atlanta United's defensive sector. The departure of Miles Robinson to FC Cincinnati in free agency opened up space for new talents, and Gregersen emerges as a promising bet.
In addition to Gregersen, Atlanta United has shown an interesting talent acquisition strategy, bringing in players from the lower divisions of France. The arrival of midfielder Tristan Muyumba and forward Xande Silva signals a balanced team-building approach, combining international experience with young promises.
With coach Gonzalo Pineda leading the team, Atlanta United faces its initial challenge against the current MLS Cup champion, Columbus Crew, on February 24.