USMNT’s Jordan Pefok Joins Bundesliga’s Union Berlin

Jordan Pefok in 2021
Jordan Pefok in 2021. Photo by Jacob Kupferman/CSM/Shutterstock (12418585ab)

U.S. international striker Jordan Pefok (full name Theoson-Jordan Siebatcheu) will continue his soccer journey in Germany. Pefok’s new club will be Union Berlin, which finished fifth on Bundesliga standings last season and will play UEFA Europa League in 2022-23.

Pefok joins Union after spending the previous two years with Swiss powerhouse Young Boys. The 25-year-old scored 22 goals in the Swiss Super League in 2021-22 and finished as the competition’s top scorer.

The German club confirmed the transfer on Thursday and presented Pefok via video on social media.

Pefok is expected to receive a chance to star in Berlin and further advance his career. He will most likely step into the role of the team’s primary attacking threat after Taiwo Awoniyi’s departure earlier this month.

“Jordan is a striker who will suit us well with the way he plays soccer and who can play in different systems,” said club managing director Oliver Ruhnert. “We’re looking forward to him, his goal threat, and the fact that he has chosen Union.”

Jordan Pefok spent his early career in France, where he played for Reims and Rennes, among other clubs. He initially came to Switzerland on a loan deal but convinced Young Boys to make the move permanent after scoring 15 goals in all competitions in 2020-21. Pefok followed that with 27 goals 2021-22 campaign.

Pefok was born in Washington, D.C., to Cameroonian parents but grew up in France. He initially chose to represent France on the international level, making two appearances for the country’s U21 team. In 2021, he decided to switch his allegiance and commit to the United States men’s national team.

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