Union Berlin has signed American ahead Jordan Pefok to spearhead its fourth season within the Bundesliga and second in European soccer.
The 26-year-old Pefok, whose full identify is Theoson-Jordan Siebatcheu, was becoming a member of from Swiss workforce Younger Boys, Union mentioned on Thursday.
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Pefok was the Swiss league’s high scorer with 22 final season and will likely be anticipated to fill in for Nigerian ahead Taiwo Awoniyi, who left Union to hitch English workforce Nottingham Forest this month.
“Jordan is a striker who will swimsuit us properly with the way in which he performs soccer and who can play in numerous techniques. We’re wanting ahead to him, his aim risk, and the truth that he has chosen Union,” membership managing director Oliver Ruhnert mentioned.
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Pefok made his debut for america final 12 months and has one aim in 9 worldwide appearances. He performed for France Beneath-21s however opted to signify the U.S. in March final 12 months.
Pefok, whose mother and father are from Cameroon, was born in Washington D.C. however moved along with his household to France. He joined Stade de Reims at age seven and made his debut for the workforce in 2015.
Pefok helped Reims to promotion in 2018 earlier than becoming a member of Stade Rennes. He was loaned in 2020 to Younger Boys, the place he impressed to make the mortgage transfer everlasting. Pefok scored 27 objectives in 45 video games throughout all competitions final season, together with the Champions League and qualifying for that competitors.
Pefok memorably scored a stoppage-time winner in Younger Boys’ 2-1 victory over Manchester United of their Champions League group-stage opening recreation final September.
“After two profitable years in Bern, the place I had the proper atmosphere to develop as a younger participant, I now have the following step in my profession forward of me,” Pefok was quoted as saying. “I wish to show myself within the Bundesliga and I am satisfied that I’ve discovered the fitting membership in Union.”
Pefok mentioned Union’s disciplined counterattacking fashion “fits me very properly and I am joyful to go attempting to find objectives for the ‘Eisernen’ (the iron ones) within the unbelievable ambiance” of the membership’s Stadion an der Alten Forsterei.