USMNT Striker on the Verge of Becoming the Next American in the Bundesliga

Published 07/01/2022, 4:49 PM EDT

The USMNT have several great players playing in Europe and making a name for themselves. While players like Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie and Giovanni Reyna are the most high-profile Americans in Europe, players like Tyler Adams, Chris Richards and Sergino Dest go under the radar.

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USMNT striker Jordan Pefok belongs under the latter category, as he had a highly impressive spell last season with BSC Young Boys in Belgium. In 32 league games last season, Pefok managed to score an impressive 22 goals and added four assists to his tally.

Pefok also scored two goals in the Champions League against Manchester United and Atalanta BC.

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Jordan Pefok joins Bundesliga club Union Berlin

His incredible form saw him linked with several clubs all around Europe. At one point, Borussia Dortmund was also interested in a move for him but instead chose to sign 20-year-old Karim Adeyemi from FC Salzburg.

Pefok was then linked with a move to another Bundesliga club Union Berlin, and the transfer finally occurred. Pefok joined Union Berlin as the German club looks to improve ahead of their campaign in the Europa League.

Berlin lost their striker Taiwo Awoniyi to newly-promoted Premier League club Nottingham Forrest and signed the Belgian league’s top scorer to replace him.

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USMNT striker Pefok speaks about his move

Pefok was highly excited about his move and revealed that he wants to prove himself in the Bundesliga. He spoke fondly of his time at Young Boys and said that he had the “perfect environment” to grow as a player.

After two successful years in Bern, where I had the perfect environment to develop as a young player, I now have the next step in my career ahead of me. I want to prove myself in the Bundesliga and I’m convinced that I’ve found the right club in Union,” Pefok said.

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It’ll be interesting to see how this move works out for both Pefok and Union Berlin. Pefok can make a case for himself to start for the USMNT in the World Cup in Qatar if he keeps scoring at this rate.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a soccer author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for soccer to enhance his journalism. He lists charismatic names like Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford as his favorite players, but he is a great admirer of Karim Benzema too.

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