Kai Herdling

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Kai Herdling
Personal information
Date of birth (1984-06-27) 27 June 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Heidelberg, West Germany
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
Number 38
Youth career
1996–2000 SG Heidelberg-Kirchheim
2000–2002 SpVgg Neckarsteinach
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2008 1899 Hoffenheim II 52 (41)
2002–2008 1899 Hoffenheim 56 (7)
2008 Waldhof Mannheim 14 (11)
2009– 1899 Hoffenheim 21 (3)
2009– 1899 Hoffenheim II 89 (29)
2012 Philadelphia Union (loan) 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 March 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Kai Herdling (born 27 June 1984 in Heidelberg) is a German footballer who plays as a striker for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.

Career[edit]

Herdling began his career with SG Heidelberg-Kirchheim and moved later to SpVgg Neckarsteinach in the youth ranks. At the beginning of the 2002–03 season, he joined TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in the Regionalliga Süd. He left Hoffenheim in the 2008–09 season to join SV Waldhof Mannheim.[1]

His first second division match was on 28 March 2008 in the match against FC Augsburg. His first goal in the second division was on 13 April 2008 when he scored the only goal in the loss against Alemannia Aachen.

In the third round of the DFB-Pokal 2003–04 Herdling scored the winning goal for TSG Hoffenheim in the quarter final against Bundesliga side Bayer 04 Leverkusen.[2]

Kai Herdling played in the first half of the season 2008–09 for the Regionalliga team SV Waldhof Mannheim, but returned to Hoffenheim on 26 January 2009.[1]

On 7 March 2010, he made his Bundesliga debut against FSV Mainz 05 but otherwise stayed with Hoffenheim's reserve team.[3]

On 16 April 2012, Herdling was loaned out to the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer,[4] and played for two months. In his time in America, he played in four league matches (starting three) and two Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup ties.

After he had scored twice in Hoffenheim's first round cup victory against SG Aumund-Vegesack, coach Markus Gisdol took him to the first-team squad for the 2013-14 season.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
2008–09 Waldhof Mannheim Regionalliga Süd 14 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 11
2009–10 1899 Hoffenheim Bundesliga 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2010–11 1899 Hoffenheim II Regionalliga Süd 30 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 30 19
2011–12 24 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 9
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2012 Philadelphia Union Major League Soccer 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Total Germany 69 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 69 39
USA 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Career total 73 39 2 0 0 0 0 0 75 39

Updated 5 June 2012

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "TSG holt Herdling" (in German). kicker.de. 26 January 2010. Retrieved 28 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Leverkusen blamiert sich in der Provinz" (in German). spiegel.de. 2 December 2003. Retrieved 28 August 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Der ewige Herdling" (in German). Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung. 10 August 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Union sign German MF/FW Kai Herdling". Philadelphia Union. 16 April 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 

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