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Sargent criticized by Werder Bremen coach Kohfeldt for tactical mistakes

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USMNT youngster Josh Sargent earned a rare start at striker for Werder Bremen over the weekend and scored an early goal, but at the end of the match he found himself criticized for his performance.

Werder Bremen head coach Florian Kohfeldt was unhappy with Sargent’s over-exuberance in the 2-2 draw with Hertha Berlin, preferring the striker sit back and maintain his defensive duties as assigned.

“It worked so well in the beginning that Hertha played every ball along the line and we were able to walk the one behind,” said Kohfeldt after the match, “but after 25 minutes I can see Josh Sargent suddenly attacking the central defender with pace because he wants to put pressure on. This means that the eight has to go out, then the wing is free, then the six goes out, and [Hertha winger Matheus] Cunha comes into the danger area.”

“It has nothing to do with the head, but with the fact that we do not do things that are clearly discussed and that work well as a solution. And that sometimes drives me crazy. Why do you get away from it?”

Sargent had started the match in place of regular striker Davie Selke who was ineligible to face his parent club.

“He has to learn that he focuses on completing the little things,” said Kohfeldt. “He has the ball, he secures it, he does it much better now, but he often loses the ball with the second touch because it doesn’t stay clean and wants to go away again.”

Back in October, USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter hinted about Sargent’s mindset needing to be carefully developed, saying “For Josh it’s just a matter of two things: him getting rest, him being fresh in his mind and then him attacking. Him saying ‘O.K., I want something. How am I going to go about getting it.’ I really liked his mindset going into preseason, and I think he was ready to attack and go for a position in the team.”

Americans Abroad: USMNT trio McKennie, Sargent, Miazga score

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A trio of staple U.S. men’s national team players scored over the weekend, making it one of the most productive weekends for Americans abroad this year.

Weston McKennie and Josh Sargent scored a goal apiece in Bundesliga action on Saturday. The 20-year-old forward scored three minutes into Werder Bremen’s eventual 2-2 draw, while the Schalke midfielder scored his team’s lone goal in the 20th minute.

Over in England, after a few months of instability, Matt Miazga registered his second goal with a Reading shirt.

Here is a list of several other USMNT affiliates making a name for themselves (or not) abroad this weekend.

Premier League

Christian Pulisic, Chelsea — Pulisic, who is recovering from an adductor injury, is getting closer to full recovery. Chelsea boss Frank Lampard mentioned that the American star took part in an  “in-house game” prior to the Blues’ bout against Everton.

DeAndre Yedlin, Newcastle — Yedlin remained in the bench in Newcastle’s 1-0 win over Southampton on Saturday.

EFL Championship

Antonee Robinson, Wigan Athletic —  The fullback remains sidelined as he continues to recover from an injury. There’s no timeline on his return.

Duane Holmes, Derby County — Holmes also remains sidelined as he continues to recover from an injury. There’s no timeline on his return either.

Matt Miazga, Reading (loan from Chelsea) — The 24-year-old scored and played 90 minutes in Reading’s 3-1 in win over Birmingham City.

Eric Lichaj, Hull City — Lichaj is out for the season with an ankle injury.

Geoff Cameron, QPR — The 34-year-old defender was sent off against Preston North End on Saturday.

Tim Ream, Fulham — Ream started and played 82 minutes in Fulham’s 1-1 draw with Bristol City.

Cameron Carter-Vickers, Luton Town (loan Tottenham Hotspur) — Carter-Vickers started and played 90 minutes in Luton’s 0-0 draw with Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

Bundesliga

Timmy Chandler, Eintracht Frankfurt Just weeks removed from a stellar, two-goal performance, Chandler wasn’t called on the bench in Frankfurt’s 4-0 loss to Bayern Munich.

John Brooks, Wolfsburg – The 26-year-old defender started and played all game in Wolfsburg 0-0 draw with RB Leipzig.

Weston McKennie, Schalke —  McKennie started, played 90 minutes and scored a goal in Schalke’s 1-1 draw with Hoffenheim.

Zack Steffen and Alfredo Morales, Fortuna Dusseldorf — Steffen is out with an injury, while Morales was left on the bench in Fortuna’s draw with Mainz.

Josh Sargent, Werder Bremen  Sargent played 87 minutes and scored a goal in Werder Bremen’s 2-2 draw.

Tyler Adams, RB Leipzig — Adams was left on the bench.

Fabian Johnson, Borussia Mönchengladbach — Johnson, too, was left on the bench on Saturday.

Eredivisie

Sergino Dest, Ajax — Dest started and played all 90 minutes in Ajax’s 3-1 win over SC Heerenveen.

Haji Wright, VVV-Venlo — The 21-year-old striker started and played 77 minutes in VVV Venlo’s 3-0 loss.

Ligue 1

Timothy Weah, Lille — Weah is out for the remainder of the season.

Theoson Jordan-Siebatcheu, Rennes — Jordon-Siebatcheu didn’t feature for Rennes on Sunday.

Honorable Mentions

Dillon Powers, Dundee United — Powers played 90 minutes and scored a goal in Dundee’s 1-1 draw with Patrick Thistle on Saturday.

Aron Johannsson, Hammarby — The striekr played 90 minutes and scored a goal in Hammarby’s 4-0 win over Sundsvall on Sunday.

Joel Sonora, Arsenal de Sarandi — Sonora played 12 minutes and scored a goal in Arsenal’s 4-0 win over Aldosivi on Friday.

USMNT’s Sargent, McKennie end goal-scoring droughts in Bundesliga

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Josh Sargent and Weston McKennie are both finally back amongst the goals.

The Werder Bremen and Schalke men gave their struggling clubs early leads in Bundesliga action on Saturday, both ending significant droughts.

Sargent’s drought was more notable, as the young forward is expected to score more than his combative American compatriot.

The Werder Bremen and USMNT forward scored his first club goal since Oct. 19 in the third minute of Saturday’s match at Hertha Berlin.

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It was 2-0 three minutes later, but let’s focus on the Americans.

Bremen had lost five-straight matches, the last four of which saw Sargent coming off the bench.

Sargent has two goals and three assists across all competitions this season.

He will likely be called up by Gregg Berhalter later this month to add to 12 caps and five goals. He scored twice for the USMNT in November versus Cuba.


McKennie, 21, scored a beauty of his own while working through traffic in the 20th minute of a match with Hoffenheim at the Veltins-Arena.

McKennie hadn’t scored since bagging a pair of goals for Schalke between Oct. 3-6, 2018.

He has six goals in 19 caps.

Bundesliga wrap: RB Leipzig, Dortmund keep pace with Bayern

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There were plenty of young American players on show Saturday as the Bundesliga title race continues with at least three contestants.

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RB Leipzig smashed Schalke and BVB took care of business at Werder Bremen to stay close to Bayern Munich.

Borussia Monchengladbach slipped a bit off the pace with a draw, but still has a match-in-hand on the three teams ahead of it.

Werder Bremen 0-2 Borussia Dortmund

Erling Haaland scored his 40th goal of a season spread between BVB and Red Bull Salzburg to salt away a two-goal win a relegation-threatened Bremen.

Dan-Axel Zagadou scored BVB’s other goal, with Jadon Sancho and Achraf Hazimi getting assists. Dortmund is four points back of leaders Bayern and three back of Leipzig. They face Bayern on April 4 and Leipzig on May 9.

American teen Giovanni Reyna followed up his first UCL assist at midweek by making another substitute appearance. He completed all 12 of his passes, making one key pass and winning 2-of-3 duels in 13 minutes.

Fellow USMNT man Josh Sargent played 11 minutes for the hosts, converting his only dribble attempt and winning his only 50-50 while registering an interception.

Schalke 0-5 RB Leipzig

Five different players scored for the visitors in a humbling of David Wagner‘s top four hopefuls in Gelsenkirchen.

Marcel Sabitzer’s last name sounds like a weapon, and he put Schalke on notice with a bullet after 55 seconds before Timo Werner, Marcel Halstenberg, Angelino, and Emil Forsberg joined in on the fun.

USMNT midfielder Weston McKennie was subbed off in the 55th minute with the score 1-0, so he was spared a bit.

Elsewhere
Bayern Munich 3-2 Paderborn — Friday
Hertha Berlin 0-5 Koln
Freiburg 0-2 Fortuna Dusseldorf
Borussia Monchengladbach 1-1 Hoffenheim
Bayer Leverkusen v. Augsburg — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Wolfsburg v. Mainz — Noon ET Sunday
Eintracht Frankfurt v. Union Berlin — 2:30 p.m. ET Monday

Standings

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 23 15 4 4 65 26 39 8-2-2 7-2-2 49
 RB Leipzig 23 14 6 3 61 25 36 7-3-1 7-3-2 48
 Borussia Dortmund 23 13 6 4 65 32 33 8-3-0 5-3-4 45
 Mönchengladbach 22 13 4 5 43 25 18 8-2-1 5-2-4 43
 Bayer Leverkusen 22 12 4 6 38 29 9 5-4-2 7-0-4 40
 FC Schalke 04 23 9 9 5 32 32 0 5-5-2 4-4-3 36
 1899 Hoffenheim 23 10 4 9 34 36 -2 5-1-6 5-3-3 34
 SC Freiburg 23 9 6 8 31 33 -2 5-2-4 4-4-4 33
 VfL Wolfsburg 22 8 7 7 28 28 0 3-5-3 5-2-4 31
 Eintracht Frankfurt 22 8 4 10 37 35 2 6-3-2 2-1-8 28
 FC Augsburg 22 7 6 9 34 45 -11 5-3-3 2-3-6 27
 1. FC Union Berlin 22 8 2 12 27 35 -8 6-0-5 2-2-7 26
 1. FC Köln 22 8 2 12 33 42 -9 5-1-5 3-1-7 26
 Hertha BSC Berlin 23 7 5 11 27 43 -16 3-2-7 4-3-4 26
 FSV Mainz 05 22 7 1 14 31 48 -17 3-1-7 4-0-7 22
 Fortuna Düsseldorf 23 5 5 13 23 46 -23 3-2-6 2-3-7 20
 Werder Bremen 23 4 5 14 25 53 -28 1-2-8 3-3-6 17
 SC Paderborn 23 4 4 15 29 50 -21 2-1-9 2-3-6 16

Bundesliga wrap: RB Leipzig, Gladbach keep pressure on Bayern Munich

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The Bundesliga table has a new leader for at least an evening after RB Leipzig walked over Werder Bremen on Saturday.

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Gladbach also stayed on pace for Leipzig’s numbers with its match-in-hand, while Bayern plays Sunday and chasing Dortmund won on Friday.

RB Leipzig 3-0 Werder Bremen

This wasn’t in question at really any point, as Lukas Klostermann, Patrick Schick, and Nordi Mukiele scored by end of the 46th minute. Schick also picked up an assist in the win.

Leipzig’s USMNT midfielder Tyler Adams missed out with a calf injury, but Werder Bremen’s American forward came on for a 25-minute appearance. Josh Sargent had nine touches, three-of-four passing, drew a foul, and won two of five duels.

Leipzig now leads Bayern Munich by two points before the red-hot Bavarian side visits improving Koln on Sunday.

Fortuna Dusseldorf 1-4 Borussia Monchengladbach

Gladbach got a nice challenge from the relegation-threatened hosts in the first-half, Jonas Hofmann’s opener canceled out by Erik Thommy.

Lars Stindl took over in the second half, scoring twice before Florian Neuhaus put it away.

Marcus Thuram finished the dal with two assists, while Denis Zakaria and Breel Embolo also registered helpers.

Lilian’s kid can ball. The 22-year-old Thuram has 10 goals and eight assists so far this season.

Hoffenheim 2-3 Wolfsburg

John Brooks was back in the Starting XI for the visitors, but American interest aside this was all about Wout Weghorst.

Weghorst scored three goals for Wolfsburg, his first since December. He had 11 goals this season by the time the calendar turned to 2020.

His first goal was answered by Christoph Baumgartner assisted by Andrej Kramaric, the latter then making it 2-2 before Weghorst won it with his hat trick goal in the 71st.

Elsewhere

Borussia Dortmund 4-0 Eintracht Frankfurt — Friday | RECAP
Union Berlin 2-3 Bayer Leverkusen
Augsburg 1-1 Freiburg
Paderborn 1-2 Hertha Berlin
Koln v. Bayern Munich — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Mainz v. Schalke — Noon ET Sunday

Standings

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 RB Leipzig 22 13 6 3 56 25 31 7-3-1 6-3-2 45
 Bayern Munich 21 13 4 4 58 23 35 7-2-2 6-2-2 43
 Borussia Dortmund 22 12 6 4 63 32 31 8-3-0 4-3-4 42
 Mönchengladbach 21 13 3 5 42 24 18 8-1-1 5-2-4 42
 Bayer Leverkusen 22 12 4 6 38 29 9 5-4-2 7-0-4 40
 FC Schalke 04 21 9 4 32 27 5 5-5-1 4-3-3 35
 SC Freiburg 22 9 6 7 31 31 0 5-2-3 4-4-4 33
 1899 Hoffenheim 22 10 3 9 33 35 -2 5-1-6 5-2-3 33
 VfL Wolfsburg 22 8 7 7 28 28 0 3-5-3 5-2-4 31
 Eintracht Frankfurt 22 8 4 10 37 35 2 6-3-2 2-1-8 28
 FC Augsburg 22 7 6 9 34 45 -11 5-3-3 2-3-6 27
 1. FC Union Berlin 22 8 2 12 27 35 -8 6-0-5 2-2-7 26
 Hertha BSC Berlin 22 7 5 10 27 38 -11 3-2-6 4-3-4 26
 1. FC Köln 20 7 2 11 27 38 -11 5-1-4 2-1-7 23
 FSV Mainz 05 21 7 0 14 31 48 -17 3-0-7 4-0-7 21
 Fortuna Düsseldorf 22 4 5 13 21 46 -25 3-2-6 1-3-7 17
 Werder Bremen 22 4 5 13 25 51 -26 1-2-7 3-3-6 17
 SC Paderborn 22 4 4 14 27 47 -20 2-1-9 2-3-5 16