D.C. United

VfL Wolfsburg signs D.C. United's Kevin Paredes

Lizzy Becherano
Paredes is heading to Germany
Paredes is heading to Germany / Scott Taetsch/GettyImages

D.C. United have completed the club-record sale of defender Kevin Paredes to German Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg, the club announced Friday.

The Major League Soccer side will receive a $7.35 million transfer fee, additional performance-based add-ons, and a sell-on fee on any future transfer of Paredes by Wolfsburg.

“We couldn’t be prouder and happier for Kevin to follow his dreams to compete in a great league like the German Bundesliga,” Dave Kasper, club president of soccer operations, said in a release. 

“Kevin’s rapid rise from our academy to a first-team starter is a testament to his desire, talent, and commitment, as well as a lot of hard work and support from our great coaches and staff at the club. All of us at the club wish Kevin a very long and successful professional career.”

The homegrown player recorded three goals and two assists in 41 appearances for D.C. United across two seasons. 

“We are extremely proud of Kevin and the work that he has done to earn his opportunity to play at the highest level in Europe,” general manager Lucy Rushton added.

“As a homegrown, this transfer reflects the commitment and investment our ownership have made in our academy infrastructure to prepare Kevin to fulfill his lifelong dream. We want to thank him for representing the club with so much pride and wish him the best of luck in his next chapter in the top flight of European soccer.”

Paredes joins USMNT player John Brooks at Wolfsburg to become the second American on the team. The 18-year-old is the latest American player to go abroad during the offseason, along with Ricardo Pepi, Justin Che and James Sands.