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Rapids sign Swedish midfielder Johan Blomberg

The club announced their first off-season signing this morning.

AIK vs IFK Goteborg - Allsvenskan Photo by Nils Petter Nilsson/Ombrello/Getty Images

The Colorado Rapids just announced that the first signing of this off-season is Johan Blomberg, an attacking midfielder from Sweden. The 30-year-old is coming from Sweden’s AIK Fotboll (a first division team), pending his international paperwork, and will occupy an international slot. The Rapids signed him to a two-year contract.

According to the press release, Rapids Sporting Director and Interim General Manager Pádraig Smith said: “We have had an eye on Johan for quite some time and he is someone who we believe will add an extra creative dimension to our team. Johan fits into the way we want to play and we’re confident he will improve our team – especially on the attacking side. He is a versatile, forward-thinking player who possesses the creativity and game intelligence to make an impact in this league.”

Blomberg has played for three teams in Sweden since his debut in 2009—Ängelholms FF, Halmstads BK, and AIK—and has a total of 28 goals and 39 assists. This past season, he had three goals and six assists in 28 appearances and also appeared in five Europa League qualifiers.

Blomberg is excited to move his family to Denver and chose the Rapids “because I believe in the team’s vision for the future, the way they want to play the game, and because the move offers new challenges both on and off the pitch.”

There are a few clips on YouTube, but this is one of the clearest:

Welcome to Colorado, Johan!