Detroit City FC has signed German midfielder Adrian Billhardt, who earned the 2022 USL League One Comeback Player of the Year award and notched five goals and five assists in helping South Georgia Tormenta FC claim the USL League One title for the first t
DETROIT – Detroit City FC announced on Thursday the club had signed midfielder Adrian Billhardt ahead of the 2023 USL Championship to a one-year contract with a club option for the 2024 season. The transaction is pending league and federation approval.
Billhardt joins Le Rouge having this past season helped South Georgia Tormenta FC claim the USL League One title. The 25-year-old made 30 appearances for the side, notching five goals and five assists across 2,031 minutes of action. Returning from a torn ACL suffered during the 2021 season, Billhardt was the recipient of the inaugural League One Comeback Player of the Year award presented by Shift4 in November.
A native of Berlin, Germany, Billhardt spent the majority of his youth career at BFC Dynamo and Union Berlin before committing to play college soccer at the University of South Florida. Billhardt recorded 11 goals and 11 assists for the Bulls in 42 appearances, and was voted to the All-American Athletic Conference First Team in 2017 after his freshman season.
In addition to his college career, Billhardt competed for South Georgia Tormenta FC 2 during the 2019 USL League Two season before joining the professional ranks with Tormenta FC in League One two years later.