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1. Josh Sargent will dress for the first time for Werder Bremen's first team, which plays Fortuna Duesseldorf in the Bundesliga on Friday. Coach Florian Kohfeldt confirmed the inclusion after Bremen was hit with an outbreak of the flu that has left Japanese forward Yuya Osako doubtful for Friday's game. Peruvian forward Claudio Pizarro also has been sick. Sargent has scored seven goals in 12 Regionalliga (fourth division) outings. "He’s earned it with his performances in training in recent weeks," said Kohfeldt.

2. North Texas Soccer Club, the new FC Dallas USL League One club, signed 15-year-old Ricardo Pepi, the youngest player on the U.S. U-17 national team that went unbeaten at the recent Nike Friendlies. Pepe, who hails from El Paso and has also played for Mexico youth teams, scored in a 1-0 win over Turkey. He is the 26th Academy product signed to a professional contract by the FC Dallas organization.

3. Former U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu has been hired as sporting director of Orlando City B, which has been relaunched by MLS's Orlando City and will play in the new USL League One in 2019. Onyewu, who will report to OCB general manager Mike Potempa, retired in 2017 from the Philadelphia Union. He was capped 69 times by the USA and played at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups. His playing career took him to teams in France (Metz), Belgium (Standard Liege), England (Newcastle United), Italy (AC Milan), Portugal (Sporting) and Spain (Malaga).
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