Zach Pfeffer

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Zach Pfeffer
Zach Pfeffer at Preseason Training for the Philadelphia Union, Jan 2011.jpg
Pfeffer at 2011 preseason training with the Union
Personal information
Full name Zachary Pfeffer
Date of birth (1995-01-06) January 6, 1995 (age 22)
Place of birth Dresher, Pennsylvania, United States
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
2005–2008 Montgomery United
2008–2009 YMS Celtic
2009–2010 FC DELCO
2010 IMG Soccer Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2015 Philadelphia Union 30 (3)
2013 1899 Hoffenheim (loan) 0 (0)
2014–2015 Harrisburg City Islanders (loan) 4 (1)
2016 Colorado Rapids 0 (0)
2016 Charlotte Independence (loan) 16 (0)
2016 Colorado Springs Switchbacks (loan) 2 (0)
Total 52 (3)
National team
2010–2011 United States U17 5 (0)
2012–2013 United States U18 9 (2)
2014–2015 United States U20 12 (5)
2015– United States U23 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 22, 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 7, 2015

Zachary "Zach" Pfeffer (born January 6, 1995) is a former American soccer player.

Early life[edit]

Pfeffer is Jewish, and was born in Dresher, Pennsylvania.[1] He attended Upper Dublin High School.[1] He 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.[2]


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.[3] On December 22, 2010, the Philadelphia Union signed Pfeffer as their first ever "home-grown" player.[4] 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.

Philadelphia Union[edit]

Pfeffer scored his first goal for the Union in a preseason friendly against UCF on February 14, 2011 off a brilliant, long-range effort.[5]

Pfeffer made his Philadelphia Union debut on September 17 against Columbus Crew.

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (loan)[edit]

Pfeffer was loaned to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for the whole of 2013, beginning on January 7, 2013.[6] In the 2012–2013 campaign Pfeffer scored 2 goals in 9 matches playing for the Hoffenheim U-19 side.

Colorado Rapids[edit]

Pfeffer was traded to the Colorado Rapids in January 2016 in exchange for a pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.[7]


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.[8] Pfeffer was called into the first U-18 National Team camp of 2012 by then Manager Richie Williams.[9] 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.[10]

Career statistics[edit]


Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2011 Philadelphia Union Major League Soccer 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2012 1 0 0 0 1 0
2013 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 5 1 0 0 5 1
2015 21 2 2 0 23 2
Total USA 30 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 28 3
Career total 30 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 32 3

Updated January 15, 2016[11]

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