Landström has 17 caps with the Swedish National Team.
Swedish National Team Forward will Strengthen Team’s Front Line
Somerset, N.J. (Monday, November 30, 2009) – 2009 Women’s Professional Soccer Champion Sky Blue FC bolstered its attack today with the addition of Swedish National Team forward Jessica Landström. The Stockholm native comes to Sky Blue FC after recently completing this past season with Linköpings FC, winners of the championship in Damallsvenskan, the premier women’s soccer league in Sweden.
“Jessica has a great physical presence on the field,” Sky Blue FC head coach Pauliina Miettinen stated. “She is big and strong and will serve us well as a target player. I am confident she will fit right into our system of play.”
Landström comes to Sky Blue FC after impressing Miettinen on a recent scouting trip.
“I got an opportunity to see Jessica at the Euros and in Sweden, and I was especially impressed with her tremendous work ethic,” Miettinen continued. “She is one of those players who love to learn and spend extra time developing her game. Her coming to Sky Blue FC is a great fit for both of us.”
Landström began playing at the national team level for her native Sweden with its U-21 and U-23 sides before debuting for the full national team against Denmark on November 8, 2007. She scored her first international goal in that match, and she now has 17 caps and four goals while playing in the national colors of Sweden. Her high level of play also led to her being named the Breakthrough Player of the Year at the 2008 Swedish Football Awards.
“WPS is the most interesting league in the world, so I am really looking forward to being part of it,” Landström said of playing in WPS. “The best players in the world play and will play in WPS next year. I am a person who lives for competition and being constantly challenged, as well as consistently developing my game to play really good football. All of this I am going to do while I am playing for Sky Blue FC, so it was an important but simple decision.”
The Swedish striker went on to comment on why Sky Blue FC is the right place for her.
“First of all, Sky Blue FC won the league this past year!” she exclaimed. “The team consists of strong characters and personalities and has still managed to play as a team. It is a team full of extremely good soccer players with a wide-range of competence.”
Landström began her professional career in 2001 with Damallsvenskan club Djurgårdens and remained with the team for four seasons. She next played two years with premier league side Hammarby IF DFF before signing with Linköpings FC, where she finished tied for fourth in scoring this past season.
“Our goal in the offseason was to make our team better. I feel we accomplished that with the addition of Carli Lloyd to the midfield and Daphne Koster and Ashleigh Gunning to the back line,” Sky Blue FC General Manager Gerry Marrone remarked. “However, our strongest need was up front - to find a proven goal scorer. Jessica is the prototypical target: she can play with her back to the goal, is commanding in the air and a big physical presence. This season in Sweden, she was one of the leading goal scorers, and more importantly, scored some big goals in big games. We are very excited to have Jessica joining Sky Blue FC.”
Standing nearly six feet tall at 5-11, Landström brings a commanding presence to the front line of Sky Blue FC. With her acquisition, the number of Swedish players in WPS expands to five, making Sweden second only to Brazil (with six) in international representation in the league.