Midfielder Jimmy McLaughlin has departed for a 10-day offseason training stint with Bundesliga side TSG Hoffenheim 1899, the club announced today. The Malvern native will return to Philadelphia on Nov. 21.
Signed as the Union’s second Homegrown player on Dec. 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 Oct. 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.