German Bundesliga side Union Berlin announced the signing of American forward Jordan Pefok from Swiss Super League team Young Boys on Thursday in a deal reportedly at around $6.6 million.

The Washington, D.C.-born goalscorer wrapped up a successful second season in Switzerland for Young Boys as he finished as the league’s top scorer with 22 goals, along with five in their Champions League campaign. He also claimed some silverware as he helped the team to secure the league title in the 2020-2021 season.

Now, with the World Cup a few months away, Pefok has decided to take his talents to Germany and test himself against the best in the country’s top-flight league.

“After two successful years in Bern, where I had the perfect environment to develop as a young player, the next step in my career is now ahead of me. I want to prove myself in the Bundesliga and I’m sure that I have found the right club in Union. Their style of play suits me well and I’m looking forward to scoring for the Eisernen in the incredible atmosphere at the Alte Forsterei,” said Pefok in a statement on Union Berlin’s website.

The 26-year-old, who has also spent time with French sides Reims and Rennes, will have some big shoes to fill with the capital club as they sold their top goalscorer Taiwo Awoniyi to recently promoted Nottingham Forest in the English Premier League. However, Union believes they have signed the right man to provide the goals in the upcoming season.

“Jordan is a striker who will fit in well with us with his style of play and can operate in different systems. We are excited about him, his goalscoring ability and that he has chosen Union,” said the club’s Managing Director of Professional Football Oliver Ruhnert.

Pefok will join his new teammates for pre-season training before kicking off the new Bundesliga season on August 6 against capital rivals Hertha Berlin.

By Kenya Brown

Born in America, but raised in Europe and Asia, Kenya has loved soccer ever since his parents put a ball at his feet. While covering some of the top U.S. players around Europe, he loves putting the spotlight on players who are based in leagues off the beaten path. He also interviews coaches and other people in the game to gain more insight.

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