Another young Philadelphia Union player will get some training time overseas to help develop his game, as the team announced that Jimmy McLaughlin has already left for Germany.
The former FC Delco, Colgate and Union academy system standout will train with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for a period of 10 days that will culminate on November 21. Hoffenheim has previously played the role training home of Zach Pfeffer, a fellow Home Grown Hopeful, twice during previous offseasons.
The Union currently have two other young players training with foreign clubs. Starting goalkeeper Zac MacMath returned to Everton to train for another offseason in England, while Cristhian Hernandez went to train with Real Sociedad in Spain.
McLaughlin, who was signed before the 2012 Major League Soccer regular season as the Union's second ever Home Grown Player, made one appearance with the club in league play. He was a part of the team's game day roster on a few occasions, making the bench, but not getting onto the field, although he did play in the Union's mid-season friendlies
The young forward also made some loan appearances for Union affiliate the Harrisburg City Islanders in the United Soccer Leagues PRO division.