Martin Vingaard, a traditional two-way box-to-box central midfielder from Denmark, has agreed to join the Tampa Bay Rowdies on a free transfer in August 2016 on a 2.5 year contract. Vingaard has been capped by the Danish National team on 9 occasions and has previously played for FC Nordsjaelland and FC Copenhagen in the Danish Superleague. During his time with FC Copenhagen, Vingaard played 140 matches, registered 22 goals and 25 assists, won 2 Danish Cups and 4 Danish Championships. He was also named as a finalist for Danish footballer of the year in 2010.
31 years old, Vingaard brings with him big competition experience and leadership having played in 37 Champions League and European League matches and he has also recently served as captain of his side at FC Nordsjaelland prior to moving to the United States. He has played with the Danish National Team program at the U19, U21 and full senior national team level registering his first and only international goal on the senior level against Poland in 2008.
Vingaard will join Joe Cole in the midfield for the Rowdies during the summer transfer window and will embark on a new career challenge in the United States. As a player, Vingaard is widely recognized for his savvy midfield management, smooth technical ability and an exciting attacking vision.