Michael Parkhurst, out of contract with Danish champions Nordsjælland, has landed in a top five league. He has signed with Augsburg, currently sitting 17th in the Bundesliga.
Augsburg has enjoyed a decade-long rise. They were in the 4th division in 2001-02 and were in the 3rd division as recently as 2005-06. They were promoted to the top tier for the first time after the 2010-11 season.
Famout natives of Augburg include tennis player Philipp Kohlschreiber (a 2012 Wimbledon quarterfinalist ranked #19 in the world) and CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer.
It is hard to imagine both Parkhurst and the Americans at Hoffenheim staying up next year.
15: Wolfsburg 19
16: Hoffenheim: 12 (relegation playoff)
17: Augbsurg: 9 (relegation)
18: SpVgg Greuther Fürth 9 (relegation)
With his move it doesn’t seem likely that he will be at January camp.