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Leon Flach leaves St. Pauli

Midfielder Leon Flach is leaving the Boys in Brown to join the Philadelphia Union in the Major Soccer League after club and player reached an agreement to terminate his contract, which was set to run until June 2022.

The 20-year-old joined the club's youth setup from VfB Lübeck in 2016. He worked his way up to the senior squad via the Under-23s and made his second division debut in the 4-2 win over Heidenheim early this season. The US citizen has since made nine competitive appearances in total, scoring one goal. He has also played three times for the Under-23s this season (one goal).

Reaction to the move

Director of sport Andreas Bornemann: "Leon approached us with the request to terminate his contract having already asked for a move to the Philadelphia Union last summer. We would have liked to him to stay with us, but he made it clear that he really wanted to take this step. I wish Leon every success in his future career."

Head coach Timo Schultz: "It's a shame Leon is leaving us. I've known him for five years and he was my captain at youth level. He's an incredibly ambitious and hardworking player with a clear objective, so I can understand why he's so eager to take the chance to join the Philadelphia Union. I wish him all the best!"

Leon Flach: "I'll never forget my fantastic time at St. Pauli and wish to thank everyone who was a part of my journey. But now I really want to take up the challenge at the Philadelphia Union, it's a great opportunity for me. I wish this great team and unique club nothing but the best for the future."


Photos: Witters