MacMath, Okugo, Pfeffer training with European clubs during offseason

Union trio currently with Everton, SC Freiburg, 1899 Hoffenheim

Philadelphia Union’s Zac MacMath, Amobi Okugo and Zach Pfeffer will continue to hone their skills in the offseason with European clubs in England’s Barclay’s Premier League and Germany’s Bundesliga.

For the second straight offseason, MacMath is training alongside US Men’s National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard at Everton, while Pfeffer returns to Germany for a second consecutive year to spend just over a month with 1899 Hoffenheim. Okugo makes his first trip to SC Freiburg, though the California native is no stranger to Germany, as he recently completed a national team camp in Duisburg with the US U-23's from November 7-16.

The fifth overall pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, MacMath, 20, stepped in as the Union’s starting ‘keeper for the injured Faryd Mondragon in early September, leading the club to a 3-0-4 record with a 1.07 goals against average.

Okugo appeared in 15 matches in the Union midfield this season, starting 10. The 20-year-old, who was the sixth overall pick in 2010, served as captain of the US U-23's in two recent exhibition matches.

Philadelphia’s first-ever Home Grown signing, Pfeffer, 16, will remain with Hoffenheim through the end of December. The youngster started two matches in 2011, his first appearances in MLS.