Major League Soccer expansion team St. Louis CITY SC have acquired midfielder Eduard Löwen as a Designated Player from German Bundesliga side Hertha BSC through the 2026 season with an option for 2027.
Löwen is set to occupy an international roster slot and STL's second DP spot, joining forward João Klauss. The team now has six players under contract before their MLS debut in 2023.
“We are excited to add a quality player like Eduard to our squad,” sporting director Lutz Pfannenstiel said in a release.
“The experience he has already acquired at his age will be crucial for our team and he will bring structure and strategy in the center of our midfield. His physical attributes and leadership qualities are two strong parts to why he fits perfectly in our DNA. Eduard is a box-to-box player and an important piece to the spine of the squad.”
The midfielder arrives after recording seven goals and eight assists in 77 Bundesliga matches. He’s seen stints with Hertha BSC, FC Nuremberg, VfL Bochum and FC Augsburg in Germany's top flight, and amassed five goals and six assists in 43 2. Bundesliga games.
“Eduard can be a difference-maker on both sides of the ball,” said STL head coach Bradley Carnell. “His position as a six on the field [defensive midfielder] is an important part to our system and his skills are well-suited for our style of play.”
Internationally, Löwen has played for Germany's U-20 and U-21 squads, also appearing in the German Olympic team in 2021.