Pfeffer at 2011 preseason training with the Union
|Full name||Zachary Pfeffer|
|Date of birth||January 6, 1995|
|Place of birth||Dresher, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Current club||Philadelphia Union|
|2010||IMG Soccer Academy|
|2013||→ 1899 Hoffenheim (loan)||0||(0)|
|2010–2011||United States U17||5||(0)|
|2012–||United States U18||9||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 5, 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Pfeffer played for YMS Celtics, FC Delco along with Montgomery Maniacs as a young man in Pennsylvania before spending a semester at the U-17 national team residency in 2010. He then spent several months training with the Philadelphia Union first team and made an appearance for them in a friendly against C.D. Guadalajara on September 1, 2010. On December 22, 2010, the Philadelphia Union signed Pfeffer as their first ever "home-grown" player. Midfielder Zach Pfeffer was signed as the Union’s first Homegrown Player at the age of 15. Pfeffer became the first player to join the 2010 expansion team from the MLS Homegrown Player initiative, a program started in 2006 designed to provide increased opportunities for local players. Each MLS team may sign players from their respective youth development programs without subjecting those players to the MLS SuperDraft. Born January 6, 1995, Pfeffer is the fourth youngest player ever to sign an MLS contract, behind Freddy Adu, Fuad Ibrahim, and recently signed New England Revolution Homegrown Player Diego Fagundez.
Prior to signing with the Union, Pfeffer was a member of Philadelphia’s U-17 squad that competed in the MLS U-17 SUM Cup in Houston, Texas. While training with the first team, the youngster entered as a substitute in a friendly against Chivas Guadalajara on September 1.
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (loan)
Pfeffer was loaned to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for the whole of 2013, beginning on January 7, 2013. In the 2012-2013 campaign Pfeffer scored 2 goals in 9 matches playing for the Hoffenheim U-19 side.
Pfeffer has represented the United States at the U-14 and U-15 levels and trained at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fl., as part of U.S. Soccer’s U-17 residency program. The midfielder 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"(Philadelphia Union).
On April 18, Pfeffer was called up to the U-17 National Team to play in the Mondial Minimes Montaigu Tournament in Montaigu, France from April 18–26. Pfeffer was called into the first U-18 National Team camp of 2012 by then Manager Richie Williams. Pfeffer has been called up to numerous U-18 National Team camps in 2012, and most recently scored a goal in their November friendly against Canada.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|USA||League||Open Cup||League Cup||North America||Total|
|2011||Philadelphia Union||Major League Soccer||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||0|
Updated October 27, 2012
- http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/23/sports/soccer/23sportsbriefs-union.html Team Signs 15-Year-Old
- http://www.philadelphiaunion.com/news/2011/04/pfeffer-called-u-17-usmnt-mondial-minimes-tournament Pfeffer Called Up to U-17 USMNT for Mondial Minimes Tournament