Now it’s official. Roman Burke will leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season and switch to US club St. Louis City, which will play in the MLS North American Professional League from 2023. The club confirmed this on Wednesday afternoon. Accordingly, the contract, which originally ran until June 2023, will be terminated a year ago.
“It has been an honor to play for this great club for seven years,” said Burke. “I will always remember not only the cup victories in 2017 and 2021, but all the good and difficult times we had together.” Quoted in the notice.
Speaking about his decision to join the United States, the goalkeeper said: “I’ve been spending a lot of time especially in the United States in recent yearsI’m a huge fan of American sports and I’m really happy to be able to help develop something in St. Louis, with a club that is developing.”
Burke has not played a role in Dortmund since signing Gregor Kopel. This season, the former Swiss international was not even in the squad. The ranking in the BVB is clear: Kobel is number one, Marwin Hitz is the number one alternative. In front of Burke are Luka Unbehaon and Stefan Draljaca, who were already in coach Marco Rose’s squad, compared to the previous regular goalkeeper in the series. After moving from FC Freiburg in the summer of 2015, Burke played a total of 232 matches for Dortmund, winning the DFB Cup twice and the Super Cup once with Dortmund. It was last used in the Bundesliga in round 34 of last season.
Michael Zorc thanked Dortmund’s sporting director, saying: “Roman has been our number one for many years, he’s a well-deserved Dortmund professional, winning titles with us and driving around Borsigplatz with the DFB Cup. These titles, these moments, will always be associated with him.” In terms of sports, the past year and a half has not been easy for Romant, but he always acted professionally and was at the service of the team.”
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