Friday, November 16, 2012

Union's McLaughlin training with Hoffenheim 1899

Chester, Pa.- Midfielder Jimmy McLaughlin is in the midst of a 10-day offseason training stint with Bundesliga side Hoffenheim 1899.

The Malvern, Pa. native will return to Philadelphia on November 21.  Signed as the Union’s second Homegrown player on December 12, 2011, this is McLaughlin’s first training trip abroad.

A former member of the Union’s Academy, McLaughlin saw action in one First Team match this season, playing 17 minutes against Sporting Kansas City on October 24, as well as various Reserve League matches.  He was also loaned for a portion of the season to the Harrisburg City Islanders.  McLaughlin played one season of college soccer at Colgate University, taking home the 2011 Patriot League Rookie of the Year award.

McLaughlin is the third member of the Union to train abroad this season.  Goalkeeper Zac MacMath is currently training alongside U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard at Everton, while forward Cristhian Hernandez is with Real Sociedad in Spain.
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