BRIAN SCIARETTA - Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Philadelphia Union midfielder Zach Pfeffer has moved to Germany where he will play in Hoffenheim's system on a loan deal for the 2013 calendar year.

Pfeffer, 17, has been in the Philadelphia Union system since 2010 where made a first team appearance at 15 years old in a friendly against Guadaljara. In December 2010, he was singed as the club's first ever home-grown player. In his two seasons with the Union, he has appeared in four league games as well as in various friendlies.

The loan to Hoffenheim will begin on January 7 and will run through December 31, 2013. Pfeffer is already in Germany getting settled into his new environment.

While he will miss the 2013 MLS season, the club looks forward to him returning in 2014.

"The Union has already picked up his option for 2014," A Union representative told YA on Tuesday.

This will be the third time Dresher, PA native has played with Hoffenheim but the first time on a formal loan. The first two occasions have been for training.

At Hoffenheim, Pfeffer is expected to play for the club's youth teams where he will join fellow American Russell Canouse on Hoffenheim's U-19 team.