NEW YORK (Reuters) -- The New York Red Bulls have signed Norway international midfielder Jan Gunnar Solli, the MLS team said on Monday.

The 29-year-old Solli, who has won 40 caps for Norway and can also operate in defense, joins from Norwegian club SK Brann having previously played for Rosenborg.

The Red Bulls have a strong Scandinavian influence in their staff -- sporting director Erik Soler is Norwegian while head coach Hans Backe is from Sweden.

New York will start their campaign at the Seattle Sounders on March 19.

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