Colorado Rapids announced today that the club has acquired 21-year-old attacking midfielder Zach Pfeffer from Philadelphia Union. As part of the deal, the Rapids also received general allocation money in exchange for the second overall pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.
“Zach is a talented young player who has been a professional since 2011,” said Paul Bravo, VP of Soccer Operations and Technical Director. “He is the same age as a lot of these players at the SuperDraft and, had he been involved this year, he would have been a top pick. So we felt that his experience and his versatility, as well as the allocation money, were too much of an opportunity for us to pass up.”
In 2015, Pfeffer appeared in 21 matches (11 starts) for Philadelphia, scoring two goals and adding one assist. The 21-year-old played in 30 matches, with three goals and one assist for the Union from 2011-15. Pfeffer also spent a year-long loan in Germany under the TSG Hoffenheim 1899 youth system in 2013.
Pfeffer became the Union’s first Homegrown Player after signing a professional contract on December 22, 2010 at the age of 15 years, making him the fourth youngest player ever to sign an MLS contract.
At the international level, Pfeffer has represented the U.S. National Team at the U17, U18, U20 and U23 levels. In total, Pfeffer has played in 27 matches across all competitions, scoring seven goals.
Full Name: Zach Pfeffer
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 150 lbs.
Birth Date: January 6, 1995
Birthplace: Dresher, PA
Hometown: Dresher, PA
Previous Club: Philadelphia Union