Sporting Kansas City announced today that the club has loaned 18-year-old striker Tyler Freeman to Karlsruhe for the 2nd German championship in the 2021-22 season with recall.
Freeman, a product of the KC Academy, a native of Shawnee, Kansas, became the second youngest player in sports history after signing the MLS with the club at the age of 15 in October 2018. Since then, the versatile striker has scored six goals and one assisted in 35 USL championship games for Sporting Kansas City II.
Freeman joined the KC Athletic Academy at the age of 11 in 2014 and represented his city’s club at U-12 to U-19 levels before moving into the professional ranks. He has also represented the US U-14, U-16 and U-17 national teams, including competing in the 2019 Concacaf U-17 Championship with teammate Sporting Gianluca Busio and helping the United States to finish second in the tournament.
Scoring three goals in his first two pro seasons in the USL Championship, Freeman started 2021 well with three goals and an assists in nine games. He scored a 1-1 home draw against OKC Energy FC on 7 May and stepped off the bench to win the final double in a 4-3 defeat to Tulsa on 16 June.
Karlsruher SC has spent most of the last six decades playing in the top two divisions of Germany. Under the leadership of manager Christian Eichner, the club finished sixth in Germany’s 2nd in the 2020/21 season and began the 2021/22 campaign with consecutive victories over Hansa Rostock and SV Darmstadt 98.
Deal: Sporting Kansas City (MLS) loan striker Tyler Freeman to Karlsruer, Germany for the 2nd German Bundesliga season 2021–2022 with player recall.