D.C. United today announced that the club has picked up former U.S. youth international Jared Jeffrey through a waiver draft conducted this afternoon. Per club and League policy, the terms of the deal were not disclosed. Jeffrey will join the Black-and-Red roster on July 9, pending receipt of his International Trasnfer Certificate.
“We are pleased to add another quality young player to our squad in Jared Jeffrey,” said D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper. “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.”
Most recently with German side Mainz of the Bundesliga, the 23-year-old made 87 total appearances (79 starts) with the club’s reserve squad from 2010-13, notching four goals in the process. Parade Boys Soccer National High School Player of the Year in 2008, Jeffrey signed with Club Brugge (Belgium) at age 18.
Jeffrey boasts a decorated youth international resume as well. During his three semesters in the U-17 Men’s National Team Residency Program, Jeffrey led all players with 39 caps. 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 2012 London Olympic Qualifying campaign, Jeffrey started two of those matches, a 6-0 win over Cuba and a 2-0 loss to Canada.