USMNT winger Jerome Kiesewetter joins Fortuna Dusseldorf

Jerome Kiesewetter USMNT

by JACK HAZZARD

U.S. Men’s U-23 National Team winger Jerome Kiesewetter has elected to sign with Bundesliga 2. side Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Jerome Kiesewetter has decided to switch over from VfB Stuttgart to the Rhine in order to acquire more game time. The announced deal between the U.S. winger and Fortuna Dusseldorf will last for two years, keeping the 23-year-old at the club until June 30, 2018.

Kiesewetter spent five years playing for Hertha Berlin‘s youth system before joining the senior team in 2011. The Berlin-native went on to play for Hertha’s reserve team for one season before signing a four-year deal with then-Bundesliga side VFB Stuttgart.

Kiesewetter only made two lonesome appearances for the first team, playing most of his four years with the reserves. The German-American was loaned back to Hertha BSC II in 2014, suggesting his role with Stuttgart’s reserve side was decreasing. Upon never receiving first team opportunities, the United States international elected to join fellow Bundesliga 2. side, Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Kiesewetter was born in Berlin to an American father, making the 23-year-old eligible to play for both Germany and the United States. When he was 17, Kiesewetter was called up for the United States U-20 side for a tournament in Peru. Following his first U.S.A. appearance in 2010, Kiesewetter has slowly climbed up the national team ladder, recently playing in the U.S’s Olympic qualifiers and making his senior debut against Iceland in late January of this year.

The move to Dusseldorf is great for the 23-year-old’s career. While never getting valuable senior minutes in the Bundesliga, Kiessewater could have a chance to impress in the same league that fellow USMNT teammates Bobby Wood and Alfredo Morales shined in.