New England Revolution fans will anxiously be waiting for the debut of Arnór Traustason. With the Icelandic attacker being the club’s most recent acquisition, it will be interesting to see how he performs.
Traustason comes with some quality experience. He has made over 30 appearances combined in the UEFA Champions League and Europa League and has spent time with Iceland’s National team.
Prior to coming to New England, the 27-year-old was at Malmo over in Sweden. In over 100 appearances he tallied 17 goals and 20 assists.
Coming to the United States and playing in a new league can be a shock to some players, but it appears that Traustason has fit in quite well. Teal Bunbury was asked for his impressions of the 27-year-old on Thursday.
Bunbury said, “He’s just been training with us this past week. I’m always a guy who loves when someone’s a good player but off the field is usually what I love to judge on a player, not judge but that’s where you get a sense of their true character, and he’s been a top-notch guy already. Very likeable, easy-going and laid-back, and I think he’s engrained in the group really seamlessly. That’s always a bonus because when you get a new player you don’t know what to expect but they come in and they’re smiling, having a good time, and also easy to get along with. It also helps he’s a good player as well, he’s technically sound, he’s going to help our team.”
Bruce Arena stated on Thursday that Traustason will play to some extent. It will be interesting to see if Traustason is featured in the starting XI or ends up coming off the bench.
His last appearance was on March 31st when he came off the bench in Iceland’s 4-1 win over Liechtenstein in UEFA World Cup qualifying. There might be some rust to knock off seeing that he hasn’t played in a competitive match in nearly a month.
So with Traustason fitting in so well, the attacker has the potential to have a rather successful debut on Saturday night. Revolution fans can’t wait to see what he can do on the pitch.