Josh Sargent did it again, scoring his second goal in three Bundesliga games in Werder Bremen's 3-2 loss at RB Leipzig to close out the autumn campaign.
The 18-year-old forward has scored two goals in 45 minutes off the bench. On the first
goal, in a 3-1 win over Fortuna Duesseldorf, Sargent happened to be in the right place at the right time to head a ball into an empty net from a yard out.
Sargent is 6-foot-1, but you
don't notice anything special about his size or speed or other physical tools. Like he did when he scored four goals for the USA at both the 2017 Under-17 and Under-20 World Cups, Saturday's goal
showcased Sargent's remarkable array of skills for a young American:
-- his hold-up play under pressure; -- his ability to play in 360 degrees; -- his anticipation in open
spaces; and -- his finishing with either foot.
With his back to goal and a defender on him, Sargent took a long ball down with his chest, took one touch to move away from his marker
and play it with his left foot off to Max Kruse, who was open on the left wing.
Kruse played the ball into space over the top of the Leipzig defense to Japanese forward Yuya
Osako, but Sargent continued to follow the play, looping around Kruse and cutting in from the left wing into open space.
Osako did a great job to pull away from two defenders and slip
the ball into space, where the charging Sargent awaited the pass, staying onside.
With a clear shot on goal, Sargent fired first time with his left foot off the near post and into the