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Philadelphia Union have loaned winger Eric Ayuk to Swedish first division side Jönköpings Södra IF, the Union announced Tuesday.
Ayuk, 20, featured primarily for Union USL affiliate Bethlehem Steel FC last season and netted three goals and an assist in 1,442 minutes. He has also featured for Cameroon’s U-20 side, scoring last a goal last month against Sudan in the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations.
However, he appeared to be buried on a Union depth chart that includes Ilsinho, Fabian Herbers, Fafa Picault and Chris Pontius ahead of him at the wide midfield spots.
“This move is a terrific opportunity for Eric to receive valuable first team playing time, and at a high level in Sweden’s topflight,” Union sporting director Earnie Stewart said in a statement from the club. “We believe in Eric’s talent and the experience he will gain in the Allsvenskan will be helpful for his development.”
Ayuk’s loan will last the entire 2017 season. (Swedish clubs play a spring-to-fall season, just as MLS does.) He is under contract through 2018.