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 24)
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)
20131899 Hoffenheim (loan) 0 (0)
2014–2015Harrisburg City Islanders (loan) 4 (1)
2016 Colorado Rapids 0 (0)
2016Charlotte Independence (loan) 16 (0)
2016Colorado 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 an American former 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] As of January 2017, he was a junior at the Fox School of Business and Management department of Temple University.[3]

Career[edit]

Philadelphia Union[edit]

Pfeffer 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.[4] Pfeffer was a member of Philadelphia’s U-17 squad that competed in the MLS U-17 SUM Cup in Houston, Texas.

On December 22, 2010, the Union signed Pfeffer at the age of 15 as their first ever homegrown player.[5] He is the fourth youngest player ever to sign an MLS contract, behind Freddy Adu, Fuad Ibrahim, and Diego Fagundez. He scored his first goal for the Union in a preseason friendly against UCF on February 14, 2011, off a brilliant, long-range effort.[6] He made his regular season 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.[7] 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.[8]

International[edit]

Pfeffer has represented the United States at the U-14 and U-15 levels and trained at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, as part of U.S. Soccer’s U-17 residency program. On April 18, 2011, he was called up to the U-17 National Team to play in the Mondial Minimes Montaigu Tournament in Montaigu, France, from April 18–26.[9] Pfeffer was called into the first U-18 National Team camp of 2012 by then Manager Richie Williams.[10] and was called up to numerous U-18 National Team camps in 2012. He scored a goal in their November friendly against Canada.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[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[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Two Zachs, One Goal". Jewish Exponent. January 16, 2016. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  2. ^ "Residency". Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  3. ^ Christopher A. Vito (June 20, 2017). "Fútbol to Finance: Meet Fox Student Zach Pfeffer". Temple University. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 1, 2011. Retrieved July 30, 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Associated Press (December 22, 2010). "Team Signs 15-Year-Old". The New York Times. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  6. ^ "Union Down UCF 1–0 in Third Preseason Match". Philadelphia Union. February 13, 2011. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  7. ^ Kerith Gabriel (December 4, 2012). "Pfeffer taking his talents to Hoffenheim via year loan deal". Philadelphia Union. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  8. ^ "Union Trade Zach Pfeffer To Colorado To Complete Draft Day Trade". Philadelphia Union. January 15, 2016. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  9. ^ "Pfeffer Called Up to U-17 USMNT for Mondial Minimes Tournament". Philadelphia Union. April 18, 2011. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  10. ^ "U.S. U-18 MNT Head Coach Richie Williams Names Roster for January Training Camp". United Soccer League. January 2, 2012. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  11. ^ "U-18 MNT Scores Late Equalizer for 2–2 Draw Against Canada". United Soccer League. November 23, 2012. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  12. ^ "Zach Pfeffer". Philadelphia Union.

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