How he joined the club: Signed on Feb. 2, 2017 using Targeted Allocation Money.
2018 (San Jose Earthquakes): Made 27 starts in 31 total appearances in MLS play … Set MLS career-highs in appearances, goals (3) and assists (4) … Recorded his first multi-goal game against Orlando City SC on April 21 … U.S. Open Cup: Did not feature in the Fourth-Round matchup against the Portland Timbers on June 6 … International Friendlies: Started and played 62 minutes against Club Leon on March 24 … Started and played 45 minutes against Manchester United on July 22.
2017 (San Jose Earthquakes): Played in 31 games, tallying two goals and two assists … Named the Earthquakes' Defensive Player of the Year ... Recorded his first MLS assist in a 3-0 win against the Portland Timbers on May 6 … Earned MLS Team of the Week honors three times during Weeks 1, 9 and 10 and played the second most minutes for the club in 2017 with 2,690 ... U.S. Open Cup: Played and started 73 minutes against the SF Deltas in a 2-1 victory at Avaya Stadium on June 14 in the Fourth Round … Played and started full 90 minutes against the LA Galaxy in a 3-2 victory at Avaya Stadium on July 10 in the Quarterfinals … Started and played full 120 minutes against Sporting Kansas City, ending in a 5-4 penalty shootout loss, on Aug. 9 in the Semifinals … MLS Cup Playoffs: Played and started 90 minutes in a loss against Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place on Oct. 25 in the Knockout Round.
Professional Experience: Joined the Earthquakes after two and a half seasons with SV Darmstadt 98 of the German Bundesliga … Made 63 appearances for Darmstadt, recording three assists, and helped the club earn promotion from the 2. Bundesliga to the top flight with a second place finish in 2014-15 … Began his career at the youth ranks of TSV 1860 Munich. After making 33 appearances for the club’s U-19 side, he earned his way onto the club’s reserve squad, TSV 1860 Munich II, where he tallied three assists in 48 games played … Was transferred to Dynamo Dresden of the 2. Bundesliga, and remained for three and a half seasons … During his time with Dresden, made 97 appearances and recorded two assists … Ahead of the 2013-14 season, moved to VfL Bochum, also of the 2. Bundesliga … During one season with the club, scored one goal in 30 appearances with the first team and two goals in four appearances with the club’s reserve side … Then signed with Darmstadt in September of 2014.
International Experience: Has made 44 appearances for Germany at various youth levels from U-16 to U-20, scoring two goals.