YNT Dec 4, 2012
Under-18 Men's National Team forward Zach Pfeffer, a part of U-18 MNT head coach Javier Perez's core group of players, is heading to Germany to spend the 2013 calendar year at TSG Hoffenheim 1899, the Philadelphia Union announced on Tuesday.
Pfeffer, 17, who signed a professional contract with Philadelphia two years ago will be at Hoffenheim from Jan. 7 until Dec. 31, joining current U.S. MNT players Danny Williams and Fabian Johnson at the German Bundesliga club. He will join the club during its Winter break and spend the offseason training at the club, as well.
“Loaning Zach to Hoffenheim is a win-win situation for all parties involved,” Union manager John Hackworth told the team's website. “While we will miss Zach for the 2013 season, we know that the experience at this stage of his maturation process will be invaluable to both him and the club for the future."
It is also a win-win situation for Perez and the U-18 MNT as Pfeffer will be close by for European tournaments on the U-18 MNT schedule during 2013.
“This really is the next best thing for me,” Pfeffer told philadelphiaunion.com. “I look at it in a very positive way, just talking with coaching staff and just in the position I am in, I am a very young guy and I think the club is looking out for me and really wants me to develop so I can be a big part of this team in the future. This was the best decision that came in front of us so I think; I mean I look at it as a way to develop me so I can be a big part of the future [with the Union].”