Austin FC drafted Kleemann 11th overall in in the first round of the 2021 MLS SuperDraft after acquiring the pick from Club de Foot Montréal in an Expansion Draft trade; The University of Washington product will join Austin FC’s roster ahead of the 2021 MLS season
Austin, Texas - Austin FC, the 27th club in Major League Soccer (MLS), announced today the signing of defender Freddy Kleemann, the Club’s second draft pick (and 11th overall) in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas. Per League and Club policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Kleemann joins midfielder Daniel Pereira, Austin’s first pick (and first overall) in this year’s MLS SuperDraft, on the Club’s 2021 roster.
“We would like to welcome Freddy to Austin FC,” commented Claudio Reyna, Austin FC Sporting Director. “We look forward to his continued growth as he prepares to start his first season as a professional player.”
“I am beyond excited to become part of the Austin FC family. I am so thankful that Austin FC has given me the opportunity to play professionally, and I couldn’t be happier to do it in the amazing city of Austin,” commented Kleemann. “It’s a dream come true to make it to this level, and I couldn’t be more excited for the future. I look forward to getting to know the fans, my teammates, and members of the Austin FC organization. I’m proud to be Verde.”
A senior at the University of Washington, Kleemann (pronounced “Klee-mun”), spent two (2) seasons with the Huskies (2018-19). Kleemann made nine (9) appearances in 2018 and 18 starts in 19 matches in 2019. Kleemann anchored Washington’s defense in 2019 as the Huskies posted 12 shutouts during his junior year. The native of Newbury Park, Calif., scored one (1) goal and added one (1) assist during his collegiate tenure.