KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Danish Superliga side AGF Aarhus have announced the signing of American defender AJ Soares from Norwegian Tippeligaen team Viking.
The California native, 27, has signed a contract that runs until 2018.
According to AGF sporting director Jens Andersson, signing a central defender was a high on the priority of the team and Soares fit the bill.
"We have been looking for a tactically wise, prudent and strong-willed defender, and we have found that in AJ Soares. He complements our other central defenders really well and fits well into our style of play. He comes with solid experience in Scandinavian football, and therefore we expect that he mesh quickly into the squad and compete for a starting place," said Andersson.
Soares was picked sixth overall by the New England Revolution at the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. During his time with the team, he helped them reach the 2014 MLS Cup final, in which they loss 2-1 to the LA Galaxy. It was expected that he would sign with Italian side Hellas Verona, but the deal hit a snag. However, he would find another team in Norway as he signed with Viking for the 2015 season.
Now as he moves on from Norway, Soares is looking for to his new challenge at Aarhus, a team that was once the home of fellow Americans Benny Feilhaber and Jeremiah White.
"I am very excited to have signed with a big club. Everyone knows that AGF is one of the biggest clubs in Denmark and I am glad to be a part of it. Hopefully I can help the club get higher up the table and have a successful season. I've heard good things about the club and the city, and when I was told that AGF was interested in me, I was very excited. I had a good talk with the club and it is a project that I can develop myself in, and I look forward to being a part," said Soares.
The league season has just begun in Denmark and AGF are doing well so far. They have won their first two games to place them in third, with FC Copenhagen just ahead of them on goal differential.