Josh Sargent, Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie among Bundesliga quartet in USA squad
Werder Bremen teenager Josh Sargent has been called up to the latest USA squad, joining Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie and Julian Green as Bundesliga representatives in coach Dave Sarachan’s 22-man ensemble.
The USA face Bolivia in a friendly in on Monday 28 May in Chester, Pennsylvania, the home state of Borussia Dortmund star Pulisic, who is the most experienced member of a youthful squad with 20 caps. The 19-year-old is currently on American soil anyway, having travelled to Los Angeles with BVB for a friendly with LAFC next week.
Congrats @joshsargent for playing your way into the U.S. national squad for the upcoming friendly against Bolivia! 🇺🇸
Aged 18, that is a serious achievement. 👏 https://t.co/sqoF9Tve7l
— SV Werder Bremen EN (@werderbremen_en) 20 May 2018
Sargent is more of a surprise inclusion, having only recently signed professional terms at Bremen after turning 18. He is yet to play in a competitive game for the first team, but has been earmarked to do so next season by head coach Florian Kohfeldt.
“Josh plays in a position where we don’t have such a big selection to choose from,” Sarachan told Deichstube on a recent visit to Bremen. “Now the question is whether he can cope with the step up in terms of pace and physicality at this level. I’ve got a good feeling with him at Bremen. It’s a family club and it’s a good environment for him. I’m sure he’ll have the chance to play in the Bundesliga next season. It’s a great opportunity for him here.”
Sargent was also called-up to the senior US national team in November 2017, but was forced to withdraw due to injury. Fellow teenager and Schalke midfielder McKennie made his debut in that game, however, scoring in a 1-1 draw with Portugal.
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The Texas native has been rewarded for a breakthrough season at the Royal Blues, making 22 Bundesliga appearances this term as he established himself as a regular for coach Domenico Tedesco.
After the Bolivia game, the USMNT have subsequent assignments with the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on 2 June and France in Lyon on 9 June.