Two days after Josh Sargent
scored for the USA in its 1-1 tie with Peru, Werder Bremen coach Florian Kohfeldt
said the 18-year-old forward is ready to join the Bundesliga club's first
Sargent spent preseason with the first team but has played exclusively for
Bremen's U-23s in the fourth-tier Regionalliga Nord since the start of the season, scoring six goals and assisting on two others in 10 matches.
“This period in which [Sargent] plays
exclusively in the U-23s is over,” said
at Thursday's press conference ahead of Bremen's next match at Schalke 04 on Saturday. “He looks to be a long way beyond that now.”
Bremen is off to a good start in the
Bundesliga, sitting in a four-way tie for second place behind leader Borussia Dortmund.
Bremen is fifth in the Bundesliga in scoring with 13 goals in seven games but no player has scored
more than two goals. Kohfeldt's preference is to play a 4-3-3, but Bremen beat Hertha Berlin, 3-1, while playing a 4-4-2 formation. Werder
GS/GP/G PLAYER (COUNTRY, AGE)
7/7/2 Max Kruse
(Germany, 30) 6/6/1 Yuya Osako
(Japan, 28) 5/3/1 Martin Hamik
31) 5/1/0 Claudio Pizarro
(Peru, 40) 4/0/1 Johannes Eggestein
Sargent impressed in the USA's match against Peru with his combination play and also
scored the second goal for the USA, joining Christian Pulisic
and Juan Agudelo
as the only players who have scored two goals for the USA before their 19th birthday.
a nice goal,” said Kohfeldt. “I’ll be happy to have him back here.”