Teen star Sargent begins new career with assist

Josh Sargent isn't able to sign a contract with Werder Bremen until he turns 18 on Feb. 20, but that doesn't mean the German Bundesliga club has him sitting around idly.

He dressed for the first time on Tuesday and set up a goal off the bench in Bremen II's winter friendly -- a 2-1 loss to Dynamo Dresden -- in Marbella, Spain.

"I trust my natural instinct on the field," he told the Werder Bremen web site after joining the team. "In the penalty area, I always try to find free space to create the best possible opportunity to score a goal. That’s what the coaches want to see."

The plan is for Sargent to play for Werder Bremen II, which is the lone Bundesliga second team in the German 3. Liga, for the rest of the 2017-18 season and then join the first team in the summer.

Sargent won't be the only American teenager on Werder Bremen II. Isaiah Young, 19, is in his second year in the Bremen system, turning down a scholarship from Wake Forest to move to Germany.
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