St. Louis CITY SC has announced a significant reinforcement to its defense with the acquisition of defender Tomas Totland from the Swedish team BK Häcken. At 24 years old, the former Norwegian youth international joins to bolster the team's ranks during the 2026 MLS season, with a renewal option for 2027, as announced by the club last Thursday.
In a press statement, Sporting Director Lutz Pfannenstiel expressed enthusiasm about Totland's arrival in St. Louis, highlighting his experience at high levels of European soccer, including appearances in this season's Champions League and Europa League matches. Additionally, Pfannenstiel emphasized the player's versatility both defensively and offensively.
Totland, who has built his entire professional career in Scandinavia, brings an impressive record of 14 goals and 19 assists in 180 matches across all competitions. His addition to the St. Louis team promises to add depth and healthy competition for playing minutes, especially with the current starter Jake Nerwinski.
The defense of St. Louis CITY, already anchored by goalkeeper Roman Bürki and defender Tim Parker, now gains a new quality element. The team, which secured the top position in the Western Conference during its expansion season, aims to build on that success in the 2024 season. Despite a promising debut in the MLS playoffs, the team was eliminated early by rivals Sporting Kansas City.
With Totland on board, St. Louis CITY SC hopes to strengthen its chances in the Concacaf Champions Cup, marking its return to action on February 20, 2024, against the Houston Dynamo FC. Under the guidance of coach Bradley Carnell, the team is determined to exceed expectations and solidify its prominent position in the North American soccer scene. Fans eagerly await to see how Totland will contribute to the club's ambitions in a promising season ahead.