Philadelphia Union Signs 15-Year-Old

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — The Philadelphia Union have signed 15-year-old midfielder Zach Pfeffer as the team’s first homegrown player under Major League Soccer rules, Pfeffer recently completed a two-week training trip with Hoffenheim in Germany.

He becomes the fourth-youngest to sign an MLS contract, following 14-year-old Freddy Adu with D.C. United in 2004, 15-year-old Fued Ibrahim with FC Dallas in 2007 and 15-year-old Diego Fagundez with New England last month.

Pfeffer’s agreement was announced Wednesday. He turns 16 on Jan. 6.

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  • Brent

    Tom is a dope!

  • bill

    Tom , I guess you are a overweight ex football player who could not run 10 yards without having a heart attack , these guys that play soccer are in the best shape of any , and if you knew anything about the sport you would know that these 15 and 16 years old do not dominated the soccer ,but you football idiots would not know anything about it .

  • Jay T

    Could you kick their ass in soccer?

  • Tom

    This goes to show you how much easier this sport is than Football or Basketball. I went to a college that was dominated by Soccer and it always amazed me how the “Soccer Studs” thought so highly of themselves.

    You would never see a 15 year old or even an 18 year old dominate in the NFL. I think Soccer should be recognized for what it is, a great sport for young girls and boys to start to learn organization in the field. I look at some of these little guys playing pro soccer and I say to myself “I could totally kick their ass” and I am 42.

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