Major League Soccer

St. Louis CITY SC signs Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki to three-year deal

Lizzy Becherano
Borussia Dortmund's Roman Burki signs with St. Louis CITY SC
Borussia Dortmund's Roman Burki signs with St. Louis CITY SC / Mika Volkmann/GettyImages

Major League Soccer expansion side St. Louis CITY SC have signed goalkeeper Roman Burki to a three-year contract, pending his ITC, medical check and work authorization.

The 31-year-old is set to join the team in July 2022 after completing the remainder of the Bundesliga season with Dortmund, but the financial terms of his transfer have not been disclosed. 

“We’re delighted to have a top international goalkeeper like Roman joining St. Louis CITY SC," said Lutz Pfannenstiel, the club's sporting director.

"His international experience will be a huge benefit for our club! He’s a player that has proven himself throughout his career and has played on the biggest stages in world football like the European Champions League. He will play an important role on our roster by providing leadership to our young and exciting team.

“As a former goalkeeper myself, I know how important it is to have a leader on and off the field and we have found that in Roman. He is a modern goalkeeper, who is great with both feet, brilliant shot-stopper and brave coming off his line. Roman’s playing style fits perfectly into our philosophy and we’re thrilled to have him as a pillar of our ambitious club.”

Burki kicked off his professional career with Swiss side BSC Young Boys, before joining FC Thun in 2009 and Schaffhausen in 2010. He also featured for Swiss Super League club Grasshopper Club Zürich, leading them to their 19th Swiss Cup championship in 2013. 

The 30-cap Switzerland international later made his way to the Bundesliga, signing for SC Freiburg before eventually reaching German powerhouse Borussia Dortmund. 

“Everyone at the club is excited to have Roman join the team,” commented Bradley Carnell, St. Louis CITY Head Coach. “He’s a player that needs no introduction and we’re all looking forward to welcoming him to St. Louis."

The expansion side is set to make their Major League Soccer debut in 2023.