When Cristiano Ronaldo imagined his second UEFA Champions League debut for Manchester United, he must have thought of scoring a goal or two or even three and the full three points. Because why not? It's 'only' Young Boys! But the Swiss champions did not get the memo and neither did they come ready to fold to the charm of Cristiano Ronaldo's Manchester United.
Though it started just the way Cristiano Ronaldo would have wanted, with a goal in the 13th minute and United already in cruise control since the first half. But everything changed in the 35th minute when marauding right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka got sent off for a reckless challenge. Then, only one player took centre stage, and not Cristiano Ronaldo anymore. He is American, Theoson-Jordan Siebatcheu.
Who is Theoson-Jordan Siebatcheu and which clubs has he played for?
25-year-old Theoson-Jordan Siebatcheu is a Washington-born striker with Swiss champions, Young Boys. Though American, Siebatcheu has played all his life in France, being part of the Reims Academy from 2003 to 2015. He broke into the Reims senior set-up in 2015, scoring 25 goals in 75 games over 2 years. On loan to Chateauroux in 2017, he scored an impressive 11 goals in 16 games.
This convinced Rennes to sign him in 2018 but he didn't live up to expectations there, scoring only 8 times in 44 games across 2 seasons. Siebatcheu rediscovered his scoring boots when on loan at Young Boys during the 2020/21 season, finding the back of the net 15 times in 43 games, and helping them to lift the Swiss League. His deal was made permanent and he has now scored 5 goals in 7 matches for Young Boys.
Which country does Theoson-Jordan Siebatcheu play for?
Despite playing all his life in France before moving to Switzerland, Theoson-Jordan Siebatcheu feels American and plays for the United States Men's National Team (USMNT). Theoson-Jordan was born in Washington DC to Cameroonian parents and grew up in France. Thus, he was eligible to play for the United States, France and Cameroon.
He turned out for the French U-21 team and also the Cameroon U-20 team earlier but was called up to the USMNT and made his debut for the Stripes and Stars on March 25th, 2021 against Jamaica. His only goal for the USMNT came in the CONCACAF Nations League semi-final game against Honduras. He scored the only goal in the 89th minute to give the United States the win and qualify them for the final.