When Pfeffer Signed as the Union’s first Homegrown Player in late 2010, the 15 year old became the fourth youngest player ever to sign an MLS contract and since then has been turning heads at just about every corner.
After appearing in 5 games last season and picking up valuable minutes this season already, the 20 year old may be the key to future success for the Philadelphia Union. Here’s 5 reasons to keep an eye out for the dynamic midfielder.
1) The attacking midfielder became the fourth youngest player to ever score a goal for the Union last year when he equalized against Columbus and was also called up to the U.S. U-20 national team for a three-game run in Argentina. He scored the only goal to tie against the host nation.
2) In 2013 he picked up valuable experience in the TSG Hoffenheim 1899 youth system. The Bundesliga is renowned for producing some of Europes best talent and TSG are among the teams fighting in the top half of the table. It’s one of the most prestigious leagues in the world so to get experience in such an environment is invaluable.
3) In April 2014, Pfeffer was again called up to the U-20 team to take part in the Dallas Cup. He played in all but one game, showcasing his attacking ability by producing a goal and assisting in two. If it’s one thing the Union needs it’s someone to set up new striker Aristeguieta. Pfeffer is growing increasingly comfortable in the role of a playmaker and may well be picking up some more minutes in the CAM position or even a few starts.
4) Last season, Pfeffer totalled 102 minutes. He’s on 18 in 2015 after just two games. Zach has been showing huge improvements in his game lately and his a notable presence when he steps onto the pitch. He sits right into the position with very little in the way of errors or disjointment. He knows what to do and shows great signs of maturity for his age.
5) Pfeffer is also a versatile midfielder. Whilst his specialty lies in the CAM role, he can also adjust to play more defensive or has the pace to spread out to the wing. He has a relationship with Coach Curtin that dates back to his days in the Union Academy. Curtin has seen the progression of Pfeffer and may well give him his first start in 2015 in the upcoming game on Friday. Watch this space, Pfeffer is going to be making some big waves in the Philadelphia Union.