The Dutch Eerste Divisie is where Justin Che will head to next with hopes of earning consistent playing time in Europe.
The 19-year-old defender has joined ADO Den Haag on a season-long loan spell from Brondby, both clubs announced Thursday. Che joined Brondby in a permanent deal from MLS side FC Dallas earlier this month.
“Justin Ché is a very talented defender who can play both right back and right center [back],” Technical Director Joris Mathijsen said. “It is important for his development that he will play matches. We are confident that Justin will add value to our team.”
“I am happy to be in The Hague,” Che said. “I feel that I can develop myself further here and contribute to realizing the ambitions of the club. I look forward to playing for ADO Den Haag and its supporters.”
Che was last on loan at Bundesliga side Hoffenheim since from January 2022 to June 2023, making 18 appearances with Hoffenheim II and one first-team appearance. Che previously was loaned to Bayern Munich as well, making eight appearances for Bayern II in the 3. Liga.
He totaled 15 appearances with FC Dallas, as well as 16 previous appearances with then-USL affiliate North Texas SC.
A former U.S. youth national team player, Che made four starts with the Under-20’s at the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Argentina. In total, he made eight U-20 appearances and has previously been called up to senior national team camps.
ADO Den Haag is 13th in the Eerste Divisie and next hosts Roda JC this weekend.