It was an extremely busy transfer window for the New England Revolution. There were a number of ins and outs and despite the MLS window closing, another sale has been completed. Icelandic national team player Arnor Traustason has made the move back to Europe. The club has confirmed that he has left, with Swedish IFK Norrköping as the target.
Arnor Traustason is on his way back to Europe
Thanks, @NoriTrausta 💙❤️
— New England Revolution (@NERevolution) August 10, 2022
Looking back on his time in New England
Arnor Traustason first arrived in New England in March 2021. It wasn’t a very long spell with the defending Supporters’ Shield champions but he still made an impression. After playing in Iceland, Austria and Greece, he now returns to a familiar track.
The Icelandic midfielder “registered 15 appearances, including five starts, with one assist in the 2022 campaign.” Bruce Arena has always spoken highly of him but has still used this term sparingly. The likes of Sebastian Lletget and Tommy McNamara were ahead of him in the pecking order and of course the former has also left Gillette Stadium.
In the 2021 MLS season, while Adam Buksa and Gustavo Bou led the team in goals, Arnor Traustason was behind. He finished the campaign with two goals, tied with McNamara, Emmanuel Boateng, Brandon Bye and Matt Polster. This wasn’t exactly his game and his time with the Revs never peaked. As was the case with Lletget, he was unable to get into the XI smoothly and therefore did not get as many minutes as would otherwise have been the case.
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What next for Arnor Traustason?
Now, almost a decade ago, Arnor Traustason joined IFK Norrköping in Sweden and went on to lift the Allsvenskan title in 2015. The career is in full swing now that the 29-year-old returns to that club. The official reports point towards this move happening due to the player wanting to be closer to home and his family in Europe.
They were not the only Swedish team he played for, although they came to the revolution from Malmö. He was never an established player in New England but was loved just the same. His time here will be fondly remembered, especially for last year’s record-breaking regular season.