New York City FC Sign Manchester City Product, Eirik Johansen


The Manchester City pipeline has dropped off yet another talented player on the shores of the Bronx.

New York City FC have signed Norwegian goalkeeper Eirik Johansen; a youth product of the Manchester City Academy.

“We had a good look at Eirik over the course of the pre-season, and he adapted well to the team and to our style of play. It’s always good to have strong competition for places in the team, and Eirik will add to an already strong group of goalkeepers vying for game time. It’s a long season and guys will get their opportunities for various reasons.”

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Johansen, 22, signed with Manchester in 2012, going on loan to League One side Scunthorpe United in 2013 and then Norwegian club Sandefjord in 2014.  He has represented Norway at the youth international level and has also been a fixture with NYCFC through preseason training, particularly as Ryan Meara fell to injury.

“I had a great experience working with squad and coaches during the pre-season and I’m excited to re-join the team on permanent basis. The quality of the training really impressed me, as did the way the team came together in such a short period of time.”

How Johansen fits into NYCFC’s roster is yet to be determined. Josh Saunders has taken ownership of the starting spot, Akira Fitzgerald is a celebrated NASL product and Ryan Meara is back to full health after injury this preseason.  A USL affiliation with the Wilmington Hammerheads may serve as a landing spot for Johansen while the first team figures out a role for him.  He can also be an insurance policy if the oft-injured Meara becomes a concern once more.