Career Summary

Sophisticated striker who was brought up in German club system.

What Scouts Say: "Very talented player and very smart ... Very good in the air as well ... Class in front of goal with his head and feet. Polished player due to past in Germany ... Mentally sharp ... He's a one-pace kind of player, but able to find space in the box ... Can hit the final pass or go it himself ... Finishes very well in front of goal. Finds the frame with every shot ... Floats around and is a very good finisher ... Not a guy that's going to stretch defenses. Doesn't run by anybody. When pace is quicker in MLS, how can he cope? ... A guy you can play into, but can't make ball stick ... Hakan's movements are clever and sophisticated. Anticipates well and can make the next pass ... Lack of athleticism and speed is a question. Does he have enough work rate for MLS? ... How will MLS teams react to the fact that he's 25 and occupies an international spot? But pedigree and age may make him more attractive ... Further along than a lot of college players in his tactical awareness ... He can't lead the forward line on his own, but could even transition to attacking midfielder in MLS."

College (UNC-Greensboro): Scored 29 goals and registered 19 assists in 58 games over three seasons at UNCG. Led his team in scoring in each of this three years and earned first-team All-Southern Conference selections after every season.

Club: Played with FV Offenburger, where he won a championship, and Stuttgart Kickers in Germany. Played for the Carolina Dynamo in the PDL during the summer of 2010.

High School/University: Attended Wirthschafts Gymnasium near Lahr for his secondary schooling. Attended Stuttgart University for one year.

Personal: Son of Metin and Muczeygeu ... Majored in international business at UNCG. Started MBA program at UNCG.


Hakan Ilhan profile while with Stuttgart Kickers (GERMAN)

Hakan Ilhan on LinkedIn