Josh Sargent has caught plenty of eyes during his run with the U.S. Under-20 and Under-17 Men’s National Teams, and it appears the young forward has finally settled on a club to sign with when he turns 18.
According to Goal USA, Sargent has agreed in principle to sign with Bundesliga club Werder Bremen in a deal that will take effect on Sargent’s 18th birthday next February. Sargent is prevented from signing with a European team until he turns 18 per FIFA rules but can commit to a non-binding agreement.
The agreement, which was first reported by beIN Sports USA, comes in the wake of a highly successful run on the youth national team level. Sargent led the U.S. U-17s to a World Cup berth with five goals in qualifying before joining up with the U.S. U-20s at just 17 years old. The forward scored twice in Monday’s World Cup opener, a 3-3 draw with Ecuador.
Werder Bremen currently has Aron Johannsson counted among the club’s forward pool, but the American striker is expected to leave the club in search of more playing time. The club also courted Jordan Morris before the forward opted to sign with the Seattle Sounders while also signing U.S. U-19 midfielder Isaiah Young in January.
Sargent and the U.S. return to action on Thursday for a group stage match against Senegal.