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USMNT’s Sargent moved to Werder Bremen first team

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It’s been a pretty solid week and year for Josh Sargent.

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The USMNT striker played against Colombia and Peru, scoring against the latter on Thursday, and now his coach is ticketing him for first team soccer at Werder Bremen.

Boss Florian Kohfeldt had previously mentioned that Sargent would get a first team chance this season, but the 18-year-old looks set to be a fixture amongst those competing for playing time in the Bundesliga.

“This period in which [Sargent] plays exclusively in the U23s is over,” said Kohfeldt of the player who now has two goals in just five senior international caps. “He looks to be a long way beyond that now.”

Sargent had six goals and two assists in 10 matches for Werder Bremen II, and could make his first appearance for the first team on Saturday at Schalke.

Bundesliga wrap: Gotze nails former club Bayern; Werder Bremen wins

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Bayern Munich dropped its first points of the Bundesliga season, as Niko Kovac’s men couldn’t make a lead stand up at the Allianz Arena.

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The match was one of four Tuesday tilts in Germany’s top flight, with five more scheduled for Wednesday.

Bayern Munich 1-1 Augsburg

If you were predicting a night to drop points, this one may’ve been far down your list.

Bayern had won seven-straight against the visitors, the last six by two or more goals including a 6-0 throttling on April Fools’ Day 2017, and Augsburg was 0-2-2 to start its season.

But Felix Gotze, the 20-year-old former Bayern man, struck in the 87th minute to cancel out Arjen Robben’s goal and end the hosts’ perfect start to the season.

Werder Bremen 3-1 Hertha Berlin

What a difference a season makes, as the hosts are one of just three unbeaten teams after spending much of last season near the bottom of the table. Martin Harnik, Milos Veljkovic, and Max Kruse scored as Werder handed Hertha its first loss of the season.

Freiburg 1-0 Schalke

Schalke’s nightmare start to the season continues, now 0-5 after Florian Niederlechner scored a 52nd minute goal.

Hannover 96 1-3 Hoffenheim

Easy sailing for the visitors, whose markers were scored by first goal scorers.

Wednesday
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs. Bayer Leverkusen
Borussia Dortmund vs. Nurnberg
Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
Mainz vs. Wolfsburg
RB Leipzig vs. Stuttgart

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 5 4 1 0 12 3 9 2-1-0 2-0-0 13
 Werder Bremen 5 3 2 0 10 6 4 1-2-0 2-0-0 11
 Hertha BSC Berlin 5 3 1 1 10 7 3 2-0-0 1-1-1 10
 Borussia Dortmund 4 2 2 0 8 3 5 2-0-0 0-2-0 8
 1899 Hoffenheim 5 2 1 2 9 8 1 1-1-0 1-0-2 7
 VfL Wolfsburg 4 2 1 1 8 7 1 1-1-1 1-0-0 7
 Mönchengladbach 4 2 1 1 7 6 1 2-0-0 0-1-1 7
 FSV Mainz 05 4 2 1 1 4 3 1 2-0-0 0-1-1 7
 SC Freiburg 5 2 1 2 8 9 -1 1-1-1 1-0-1 7
 1. FC Nürnberg 4 1 2 1 4 3 1 1-1-0 0-1-1 5
 Fortuna Düsseldorf 4 1 2 1 4 4 0 1-0-1 0-2-0 5
 FC Augsburg 5 1 2 2 7 8 -1 0-1-1 1-1-1 5
 RB Leipzig 4 1 2 1 6 8 -2 1-1-0 0-1-1 5
 Eintracht Frankfurt 4 1 1 2 5 6 -1 0-1-1 1-0-1 4
 Bayer Leverkusen 4 1 0 3 3 8 -5 1-0-1 0-0-2 3
 VfB Stuttgart 4 0 2 2 3 7 -4 0-1-1 0-1-1 2
 Hannover 96 5 0 2 3 4 9 -5 0-1-1 0-1-2 2
 FC Schalke 04 5 0 0 5 2 9 -7 0-0-2 0-0-3 0

WATCH: Sargent scores again, this time for Werder Bremen

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A night after the USMNT’s kids played Brazil without Christian Pulisic in the fold, another American teenager reminded us that the Yanks were missing two of its biggest hopes for the future.

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It’s not crazy to say Josh Sargent has been terrorizing the Regionalliga Nord with Werder Bremen II. The 18-year-old has scored in three-straight games and five times in seven matches, earning a Saturday friendly appearance with the first team to make another statement to Werder Bremen boss Florian Kohfeldt (who’s noticed the goals, you know).

Sargent bagged this goal in a 5-2 win over SV Meppen 1912.

He’s not going to do stuff like this against top-flight defenses, let alone would he have troubled Brazil any more than Tim Weah did on Friday, but man is it good to see the kid keep scoring goals.

USMNT’s Sargent bags fourth goal in six for Werder Bremen II (video)

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Josh Sargent’s done it again.

One of the great hopes of the United States men’s national team, the 18-year-old Sargent has scored for the fourth time in six matches with Werder Bremen II and remains in the mix to make an impact with the first team.

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First team manager Florian Kohfeldt credited Sargent’s performance and said the team will continue to build up the young striker and the II team.

Sargent’s latest goal came Wednesday, on a delightful through ball against SC Weiche 08, and was posted by his father Jeff on Twitter.

He has a goal in three caps for the USMNT, but reportedly will not be amongst Dave Sarachan’s call-ups as the youngster continues to develop with Werder Bremen.

Amid European interest, Geoff Cameron close to Stoke exit

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USMNT veteran Geoff Cameron is close to leaving Stoke City following their relegation from the Premier League last season.

Cameron, 33, hasn’t featured for Stoke this season in the second tier. He missed the season opener at Leeds United due to flying home to the USA to be with his father who suffered a stroke, and he wasn’t included in Gary Rowett’s 18-man squad for their 1-1 home draw against Brentford on Saturday.

Pro Soccer Talk understands Cameron is getting plenty of interest from elsewhere in Europe and has a $9.5 million buyout clause in his contract. We understand Cameron has been eager to move on since the end of last season when the Potters were relegated from the Premier League, but is relaxed about the situation with a few weeks of the transfer window to go outside of the Premier League in England and across most of Europe.

A report from the Daily Telegraph stated that Cameron, Charlie Adam, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Giannelli Imbula are all allowed to leave before the end of the transfer window for Football League clubs which is on August 31.

Pro Soccer Talk understands that clubs from Spain, Germany and Scandinavia want to sign Cameron with Odense BK in Denmark, Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga and Rayo Vallecano in La Liga potential destinations for the holding midfielder, who can also play at center back and right back.

Cameron has spent the past six seasons in the Premier League at Stoke and was a regular under both Tony Pulis and Mark Hughes. He joined Stoke from the Houston Dynamo in 2012 after becoming an MLS All-Star and reaching an MLS Cup final during his five years in the league.

The versatile Massachusetts native has made 55 appearances for the U.S. national team as he played a starring role at the 2014 World Cup.

Cameron had previously been linked with a move back to MLS with the LA Galaxy, but the contract offer wasn’t deemed to be viable.