Another American player has secured a transfer at the deadline.
United States Men’s National Team midfielder Christian Cappis signed a contract with Brøndby today. The 21-year-old will return to the Danish Superliga this upcoming summer on a four-year contract. He is remaining with Hobro IK this spring, before moving for what is described as “a sale that may be the largest in club history.”
“We see a potential in the young American national team player and have had him on the radar for a while now,” said Brøndby football director Carsten V. Jensen. “We are happy to secure his signature right now. With this agreement, Hobro IK will benefit from Christian’s qualities in an exciting spring, and we look forward to having Christian included in the squad this summer.”
After a brief spell in the FC Dallas Academy, a league dispute over his Homegrown Player rights led him to pursue other options outside of Major League Soccer. Cappis signed with Hobro in November of 2018. He made eight total appearances in his debut year, becoming a regular by the end of the season.
The 2019-20 Superliga season was dismal for Hobro, ending in relegation. Despite his club’s failings, it was a step forward for Cappis. He made 30 appearances, impressing viewers and enticing other teams from “in and outside of Denmark.”
In September, Cappis was held out of the Hobro squad due to an eligibility issue. According to his agent, the club “forgot to renew his work permit” and were not “aware of it.” After a month, the issue was resolved and he returned to the lineup, starting every match in the second-tier NordicBet Liga.
Cappis has featured regularly in the U.S. national team set-up, playing with the U-18, U-20, and U-23 sides. He was called into January camp in 2020 but did not play in the 1-0 friendly victory over Costa Rica. One of his goals is to compete at the upcoming Tokyo Games.
“Playing in the Olympics would mean a lot,” Cappis told Soccer By Ives. “It means a lot every time you represent your country, any level, but especially with the Olympics. Obviously, you never know in football, but I hope I’m on a roster and I hope that I can contribute to the team, and hopefully my club will release me (for the qualifying tournament), but I can’t control any of that stuff. If I’m there, I’m going to give 100 percent and I’m sure everybody else that’s there will give 100 percent.”
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