Finnish coach Sixten Böstrom officially joined Crew SC as an assistant coach today. Böstrom has a wealth of head coaching experience, including stints with Jaro, Örebro, and HJK, winning a championship in 2013 with HJK. Böstrom replaces for departed assistant coach Robert Maaskant on Gregg Berhalter's staff.
This will be Böstrom's first coaching experience outside of Scandinavia. He was on the staff of the Finnish National Team in 2005-07 with Roy Hodgson as the Education Manager. In addition to his championship, he also guided Örebro to the Europa League and HJK to the Champions League.
The addition of Böstrom completes the team's coaching staff, and each assistant appears to be complimentary of each other on staff. Josh Wolff returns, focused on the attackers and Pat Onstad continues to perform several different roles beyond coaching goalkeepers. Böstrom appears to be Berhalter's go to person in charge of tactical.
The head coach referenced Böstrom's bona fides in today's release. "His experience and his tactical expertise are going to be an asset to the coaching staff and the club."
Berhalter has been very specific on how he wants Crew SC to play, but his system evolved over the course of the 2014 season. The addition of Böstrom may signal a continued evolution of the system as the team faces opponents that know how to defend against Crew SC's possession based game.
Before taking up coaching, Böstrom had extensive playing experience including 14 caps with the Finnish National Team. He had two stints with HJK, and featured with BK Häcken, FC Kuusysi, Singaporean team Geylang, FC Kuusysi and FinnPa over his twelve year career.