DC United lands Finnish international with UEFA Champions League experience


DC United has signed versatile Finnish player Markus Halsti, 30, to a deal.

He comes from Malmo, where he made 42 appearances last season, and is active with the Finland national team. With 20 caps total, Halsti has played all over the midfielder and at outside back in his career.

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Over the past four seasons, Halsti has also made 26 appearances in European competition, scoring once. Over his career with HJK Helsinki and Malmo, he’s played in 230 matches, scoring 10 times.

From DCUnited.com:

“We are pleased to be adding a player with solid European playing experience at the Club, Champions League, and National Team levels,” said D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper. “Markus can play as both a central midfielder and central defender, and this was quite attractive to us. He is a tough competitor and another very good character piece for our club. We look forward to having him join our family.”

With six match days to go, Finland sits fourth in its Euro 2016 qualifying group, three points back of Hungary, five back of Northern Ireland and six back of Romania. Finland has six qualifying matches during the 2015 MLS season.