Werder Bremen coach: Josh Sargent is ready for first team

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 team.

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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 Kohfeldt 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 Bremen frontline:
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 (Austria, 31)
5/1/0 Claudio Pizarro (Peru, 40)
4/0/1 Johannes Eggestein (Germany, 20)

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.

"It was a nice goal,” said Kohfeldt. “I’ll be happy to have him back here.”
1 comment about "Werder Bremen coach: Josh Sargent is ready for first team".
  1. Wooden Ships, October 19, 2018 at 10:36 a.m.

    Heck yeah. Living the dream.

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