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Union sign Pfeffer

The Philadelphia Union announced on Tuesday the signing of 15-year-old Zach Pfeffer as the club’s first Homegrown Player.

Pfeffer has represented the US at the U-14 and U15 levels. Earlier this year, Pfeffer trained at the IMG Academy in Brandento, Florida.

Prior to training with the Union, the Pfeffer was a member of the U-15/U-16 USSF FC Delco Academy, as well as the Upper Dublin, Cheltenham, YMS, and Montgomery United youth clubs.

Pfeffer was part of the U-17 squad that represented Philadelphia in the MLS U-17 SUM Cup tournament in Houston, Texas, in July. Pffeffer recently returned from a two-week training sting with Bundesliga side TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.

Pfeffer made his first appearance for the Union in the friendly against Chivas de Guadelajara on September 1.

Pfeffer is the fourth youngest player to sign a MLS contract. As a Homegrown Player, Zeffer will be protected from the MLS SuperDraft. Per league and Union policy, the terms of the contract have not been disclosed.

For more on Zach Pfeffer, the Union has added two profile pieces to their website:

Photo by Paul Rudderow


  1. This IS Great news!! I notice his name was spelled wrong on the jersey he wore in the match, though (at the 2:00 mark in this video): http://phitv.neulion.com/mlsvp/console.jsp?catid=1384&id=10987


  2. Could be worse, Joe … the team name could be spelled wrong. I’m looking at you, Washington Natinals. 😉 http://www.inquisitr.com/wp-content/washington-natinals.jpg

  3. Anybody else notice that the JP/Hackworth video where the former asks the latter about their first homegrown player signing is a portion of the same video released around the time of the expansion draft? Seems to me the Pfeffer signing has been in effect since late-November, but only now been officially announced. Perhaps the team was waiting for blessing from the MLS powers-that-be …

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