ACQUIRED: Signed by Minnesota from IFK Goteborg in 2017
Alvbage comes to the Loons from IFK Goteborg and has had an impressive career playing in the top leagues of Sweden and Denmark.
A native of Gothenburg, Alvbage brings 18 years of experience to the Loons and will certainly take a leadership role in the squad. The veteran has been a top goalkeeper in the Allsvenkan, winning the league’s Goalkeeper of the Year award as recently as 2015. In his recent five-year stint with Goteborg, Alvbage has racked up an impressive 53 clean sheets and helped the club to four-straight appearances in European competition.
He began his professional career in 1999 with local club Torslanda IK, but was transferred to Vasta Frolunda IF the following year where he would make his Allsvenskan debut at just 18-years-old. After the club was relegated in 2000, Alvbage stepped into the starting role and led the club to the brink of promotion just two seasons later.
He impressed top-flight club Orebro SK, who signed him for the following two seasons. Strong play by Alvbage led to a pair of mid-table finishes, but due to financial trouble, the club was relegated to the second division, and the young goalkeeper was signed by Goteborg.
The stay with his hometown club was short as he almost immediately joined Viborg FF in Denmark. In his first season at Viborg, he led the club to a fourth place finish, just missing out on European competition. He spent another season and a half with the Danish club before returning to a revitalized Orebro side. He guided the club to become a top-half team and even earned a spot in Europa League qualifying with a third place finish in 2010.
In 2012, Alvbage returned to his hometown and to Goteborg where he truly came into his own as a top-level goalkeeper. Under his leadership, Goteborg won the Svenska Cupen twice in three seasons. His lightning-quick reflexes and fearless, attacking style made him one of the most exciting and formidable goalkeepers in the league.
2017: Started the season opening match (March 3) at POR (1 SV, 5 GA) ... Started home opener against ATL (March 12), but was subbed off due to injury in the 86th minute (2 SV, 5 GA) ... Came on as a substitute against Houston (April 15), recorded first scoreless half in club history (2 SV, 0 GA)
INTERNATIONAL: His play in Denmark caught the attention of the Swedish men’s national team, and from 2006 through 2009, he made a handful of appearances at the international level and was on the 2006 World Cup roster.