1. FC Union Berlin have completed the signing of striker Jordan Siebatcheu. The 26-year-old US international has made the switch to Köpenick from Swiss side Young Boys.
DC-born, success in Europe
Theoson-Jordan, to go by his full first name, was born in Washington DC, the capital city of the United States. At a young age, he moved to France along with his family. After showing early promise, he was recruited to join the academy of Stade Reims, the club where he would eventually make his professional breakthrough. Averaging a goal every third game in Ligue 2, it wasn’t long before France’s strongest clubs became interested. After a promotion-winning season, Siebatcheu put pen-to-paper on a contract at Stade Rennes where he scored eight goals in 44 matches.
While his time in Brittany came to an end, Siebatechu would go on to embark on another adventure – this time in Switzerland. The striker hit the ground running for the Young Boys of Bern, scoring 16 goals and lifting the Swiss league title. In Europe, the American’s goals in both legs helped knock out Bayer Leverkusen from the UEFA Europa League. Another 22 goals league goals followed in 2021/22 despite the league title heading to FC Zürich. In the UEFA Champions League, Siebatcheu scored in a home victory against Manchester United.
Three facts about Jordan:
- Jordan holds dual citizenship and is one of the players who changed his national team. He was in France’s under-21 side until 2017 but last year Jordan made his debut for the US men’s national team. His parents are also from Cameroon.
- During the promotion season at Stade Reims, Jordan played together with Edouard Mendy, the current goalkeeper of Chelsea.
- Jordan goes by the name of "Pefok", which is his mother's maiden name. The Japanese anime series Dragon Ball is Jordan's favourite and it is the inspiration for his goal celebration.
“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 Försterei,” said the 26-year-old on his arrival in Berlin-Köpenick.
“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.,” added Oliver Ruhnert, 1. FC Union Berlin’s Managing Director for Professional Football.