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Josh Sargent scores second goal of Bundesliga season

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Josh Sargent may have had to wait for his chance to shine with Werder Bremen but he’s taking it in full stride with another goal off the bench this weekend.

Sargent came off the bench and scored his second Bundesliga goal of the season despite Bremen’s 3-2 loss to RB Leipzig.

With his team down 2-1, Sargent got on the end of Yuya Osako’s pass and made no mistake beating Peter Gulacsi.

It was Sargent’s third consecutive appearance off the bench this season which may force Florian Kohfeldt to start the U.S. Men’s National Team forward following the winter break.

Their defeat on Saturday dropped Bremen into 10th place but will surely be a positive note for Sargent as he continues to fight for first-team minutes.

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  1. Sargent is one of the few young players on the USMNT who seems able to move to be consistently open in spots his teammates can see him. That and the fact that he is skillful enough under pressure to finish chances combine to give him a very promising future. (Adams is another young player who has the smarts to move into places he is open.)

    Pulisic seems to have to rely on playing wide to find open space, that combined with an over reliance on faking left then driving right has made him easier for defenders to contain (he is still very quick and he likely will find an alternative that will make it harder on defenders). But I think it will take his developing the smarts to stay open and to help more on defense for him to continue to improve.

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    • Are we talking about Tyler Adams? He has scored three goals in his professional career. Adams is not considered an offensive player but a high energy defender. It will be interesting what position he plays after his transfer?

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      • I was not referring to Adam’s ability to score, but to his ability be in open spaces so teammates can find him . That is as valuable trait in midfielders as it is in attackers. It provides teammates under pressure an outlet that maintains possession compared to blindly clearing the ball long. The lack of players on the USMNT who can do that is a glaring shortcoming of the team and a primary reason that in 2018, the US surrendered so much possession.

        Of course just one player doing that is not enough, there must be at least 6 or 7 players spread around the field open, but primarily one to either side, one behind and one in front so that no matter which way the player with the ball is facing, he can see at least one open option.

        Another way to view it is that players must want the ball and not hide in fear that they will get it like many players who are over-matched do.
        Adams and Sargent want the ball all the time, it is hard to make the case that any of the other young players do not disappear (hide) for long stretches.

  2. Pretty cool how the play starts with Sargent and he roams into a ton of space. The ball finds him unmarked with terrible defensive rotation and marking. Sargent is waiting for a pass that almost takes too long to get there. Really great touch with the left foot!

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  3. Bremen got better the moment he stepped on the field. Starting spot on the USMNT is his to lose. Jozy, Wood, and Wright and ? To play next to him.

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  4. Yuya Osako and Josh Sargent came in and change the game on a tilt for Werden Bremen……he contributed to the play before hand and, of course, ran on to the ball and scored⚽. He created space, pressured Leipzig and created options for his midfielders. Wow and ungrateful Fans were complaining about his last goal and said HE SHOULD HAVE LEFT THE BALL TO GO IN (but was selfish…WTH??? ? )…..now he buries a beauty ⚽.

    Congrats ?? ?? ??!!!!

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    • THAT is soooo important and soooooo lacking from our players. Make the run! Make the run not just because you will receive the ball, but to open up the field for everyone. A forward doing this consistently is a pain in a defenses side. Multiple players running into space w/ commitment wreaks absolute havoc. More more more!

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  5. Pulisic looks rusty from the lack of playing time in comparison to Sancho at the moment but what I have noticed last year and still this year is a lack of defense or a commitment on his part which is why Favre doesn’t rate him as highly as he does Sancho.

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    • I agree with you about the lack of defense; however, I think Sancho also blows Pulisic out of the water on offence as well. Sancho keeps getting better while Pulisic seems to have stagnated.

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  6. Sargent does nothing spectacular- just seems to have the goal-scrorer’s “it”. He is skilled, makes great runs- right place right time. Poised beyond his years- pretty clinical finisher. Wow… as rare as a Yeti… are we developing a legit American striker in a top league?

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  7. Pulisic needs to move away from Dortmund to get playing time. Lucien Farve doesn’t rate him. Pulisic’s body language, even when he’s on the field, lacks confidence.

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    • Certainly Lucien and the club rate him, he just doesn’t rate him as much as he does Sancho who is an absolute buzz-saw right now. Even as a totally biases American… pretty hard to argue that selection. Truth: he gets a transfer to another top club- Liverpool, Chelsea etc- doesn’t get any easier/the competition will be as good or better. We in the US like to speak of him being world class- well, welcome to the top-flight son! This is nothing but good for Pulisic and his growth.

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      • I have no doubt that Jadon Sancho performs much better right now. It’s most beneficial for Pulisic (and the US) to go somewhere that he’s playing day in day out. Chelsea and Liverpool are not the ideal place for him right now. There won’t any growth for Pulisic when he’s riding the bench without a single minute more than half the time during the past 2 months.

    • It’s almost certain that Pulisic is moving in January. No surprise that he’s behind Sancho, but he’s AT LEAST in the rotation with Guerreiro and Larsen and would potentially be getting some minutes in the middle as well if they were not set on moving him in January. It’s like they already see him as gone. No other logical reason for his lack of playing time recently.

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    • He’s almost certainly going to a top of the food chain club for $$$$. It’s always a risk no matter who the player, but the good ones go anyways…. he has the talent and drive and the demand is there….. as well as Dortmund’s desire for top dollar.

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    • Pulisic was playing a lot early in the season and producing. I take his recent absences or bench use to mean he is gone this window. He does look more rusty and we’ll see whether his destination helps or perpetuates that.

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    • I don’t disagree with any of the above comments. They are all on point. But I think we need to be ok w Pulisic finding his own way and learning that things won’t always simply be handed to him. He is still so young frankly, and he went through a period of being a big “darling”, particularly at the national team level. Competing for spots on a league leading team is a fact of life. Let him learn.

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      • Yeah…. exactly my point. The road to excellence is not paved in safety and comfort. The top players in the world got to where they are by way of iron clad guarantees of starting positions at 20 years old. That doesn’t exist. You excel through competing with the very best = overcoming adversity, being pushed to your limits… which is quite often above what you may have imagined.

  8. Nice finish, Mckennie and Wright came off the bench for schalke also in their win. Wood with the start in their loss

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