FC KANSAS CITY SIGNS SARAH HAGEN
Will Join Team Following Bayern München Commitment in June
PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. (March 20, 2014) – FC Kansas City announced today the signing of forward Sarah Hagen to a contract. The Appleton, Wisconsin native is currently playing out her contract in the German Frauen-Bundesliga with FC Bayern München. Nicknamed “Apple”, she will join FC Kansas City in June.
Hagen was a four-year standout at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 2008-2011. She scored 93 goals, 26 assists, 212 points, 27 game-winning goals and 453 shots in 86 games as a Panther. After graduating, she was selected by the Philadelphia Independence with the fifth overall selection in the Women’s Professional Soccer Collegiate Draft; however she had already chosen to play in Germany.
In her three seasons with Bayern München, Hagen has started 46 of her 47 games and scored 28 goals, including 10 in 14 games so far this season. Most recently, she provided the winning goal in her side’s 2-0 victory over SC Freiburg.
“I'm extremely excited to join FC Kansas City in June for the remainder of their season. I've had such a great experience here at Bayern,” said Hagen. “However, I've also made many sacrifices by choosing to be thousands of miles away from my family and friends. For me, this is the biggest reason in returning back to the States to play. I'm still very much focused on finishing out my season here with Bayern, but am also looking forward to starting a new chapter in my career at Kansas City.”
A regular call-up for the U17 and U23 U.S. Women’s National Teams, Hagen was called to the senior National Team for the recent Algarve Cup in Portugal. She made her debut with the squad on March 7 against Sweden, subbing for Abby Wambach in the 81st minute. She also made an appearance on March 10 against Denmark.
“There’s a reason why Sarah (Hagen) is seen as one of this country’s top prospects,” said Director of Soccer Operations, Huw Williams. “She had an outstanding collegiate career before going to Bayern to hone her craft. She has the potential to be a difference maker in this league, and we are excited she will be doing it in Kansas City.”