TULSA, Okla. – FC Tulsa announced a major move on Thursday with the signing of forward Jerome Kiesewetter for the 2021 Championship season. The United States international and former Bundesliga forward has signed a multi-year contract with the club, pending league and federation approval.
Kiesewetter is the first player in club history with U.S. Men’s National Team experience. In January of 2016, Kiesewetter took the pitch for his USMNT debut under then-head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. He appeared in two victories early in 2016 against Iceland and Canada. Those senior team appearances were a culmination of his international career as he played for the United States at the U-18, U-20 and U-23 levels.
Kiesewetter shone at the 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship as he scored four goals and added two assists in five matches. He was the only American named to the tournament’s Best XI and won the Golden Ball as the tournament's top scorer.
“Tulsa was a really attractive destination for me because of Head Coach Michael Nsien,” said Kiesewetter. “He showed very early interest in me, and our conversations were great. He convinced me with the way he sees the game, how it should be played and of course with the vision of FC Tulsa’s owners for a successful future.”
The 27-year-old’s pedigree is among the best of any USL Championship player. Growing up in Berlin, the German-American played in the youth system of Hertha BSC. He broke out as a professional with VfB Stuttgart, working his way up to make his Bundesliga debut in 2015. He made two appearances in the Bundesliga in 2015 before signing with Fortuna Düsseldorf in 2016.
The striker moved to the United States in 2019, signing with El Paso Locomotive FC in the Championship. Kiesewetter took the league by storm, scoring 10 goals in his first 10 matches with El Paso, winning the May Player of the Month award and being selected to the Team of the Week on four occasions.
His success in the USL Championship led to an opportunity in Major League Soccer in 2020 with expansion club Inter Miami CF. Kiesewetter appeared for Miami in both the MLS Is Back Tournament and the MLS regular season and also played for the club’s USL League One team, Fort Lauderdale CF.