D.C. United today has picked up former U.S. youth international Jared Jeffrey through a waiver draft conducted this afternoon. Jeffrey will join the Black-and-Red roster on July 9, pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate.
The 23-year-old returns state-side by way of the German Bundesliga's Mainz, where he made 87 total appearances (79 starts) with the club’s reserve squad from 2010-13 and added four goals in the process.
“We are pleased to add another quality young player to our squad in Jared Jeffrey,” said D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper in a team release. “He is a technically gifted midfielder who has solid experience at various U.S. Youth National Team levels and recently with Mainz. We look forward to his future contributions to our club.”
Once named the Parade Boys Soccer National High School Player of the Year in 2008, and having signed with Club Brugge (Belgium) at the tender age of 18, Jeffrey's career in Europe failed to live up to his hype.
Here in D.C. however, the midfielder will have the chance to add a spark to United's flailing season.
Jeffrey boasts a decorated youth international resume. A former captain of the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team for the 2007 U-17 FIFA World Cup, the Texas native also competed in the U-20s’ three group stage matches for the U-20 FIFA World Cup in 2009.
Appearing alongside the Black-and-Red’s Bill Hamid and Perry Kitchen in the U.S. U-23’s ill-fated 2012 London Olympic Qualifying campaign, Jeffrey started two of those matches, a 6-0 win over Cuba and a 2-0 loss to Canada.