Sacramento Republic FC's newest man up top is Jerome Kiesewetter, a crafty and experienced striker, whose ability to make plays paints him as a threat every time he steps on the pitch.
Kiesewetter officially joined the boys in Old Glory Red on Tuesday on loan from FC Tulsa, and will don the SRFC crest for the remainder of the 2021 USL Championship season. Prior to FC Tulsa, the dual German-American national was lighting up back lines in the USL, MLS, Bundeslisa, and with the United States Men’s National Team.
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Kiesewetter's ability to create space for himself in the defense and put the ball in the back of the net is part of what makes him so dangerous for opposing back lines.
Against FC Tucson last season, Kiesewetter was threaded a through ball from the midfield into the attacking third. His patience off the ball, skillset on the ball and ability to be clinical in the final third allowed him to read the defense, create an opening, keep possession cleanly and log the equalizer.
Kiesewetter's soccer IQ, vision and awareness in the final third is off the charts. It's part of the reason he was able to win the Golden Ball at the 2015 U23 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Championship, tying the lead with four goals and cementing his award with two assists.
Against Cuba, Kiesewetter’s first goal of qualifying wouldn’t have been possible without the patience and skillset that allowed him to get open for the easy tap in.
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Against Panama for the 2015 United States U23 side, Kiesewetter was marked by two defenders and was still able to stop on a dime, turn and one-touch a crafty ball into the far corner.
It's safe to say that Jerome Kiesewetter is bringing some flair and high-level soccer to the Indomitable Club. From his clinical finishes to soccer IQ, Kiesewetter is surely a strong addition for Mark Briggs' side.
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