BRIAN SCIARETTA - Thursday, March 28, 2013
The Swedish Superettan is set to begin play next week and IK Brage have added American central defender Tyler Ruthven to bolster their roster for the upcoming season.
Ruthven, 24, was previously with the New York Red Bulls where he made five appearances in the 2012 season. Prior to that, he was playing with lower division teams Harrisburg City Islanders and the Atlanta Silverbacks.
IK Brage has been scouting Ruthven since last year and brought the Alpharetta, Georgia native over to Sweden recently for a successful trial. Ruthven will join goalkeeper Bryan Meredith as the second American at Brage.
"I saw Tyler play with Red Bulls during their winning streak and he impressed," IK Brage sport director Michael Kallback told YA on Thursday. "I also watched Tyler in training while I visited Hans Backe during the week that Red Bulls played home against Chicago Fire. He impressed with his way of playing and his mentality."
"We tried him here for one week, also, to see how he adapted to the Swedish football," Kallback continued. "He did a good impression, and because we have our central defender Prince Etuwe injured for a couple of more weeks we needed a new one - Tyler was a perfect match. So, we signed a contract of 1 year, and he makes his first game tomorrow in our last training game against Sandvikens IF."
IK Brage finished the 2012 Superettan season in 10th place and will open their 2013 campaign on Sunday April, 7 with a visit to Angelholm.