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Josh Sargent scores hat-trick in Werder Bremen preseason rout


Josh Sargent’s long-term future at Werder Bremen remains undecided, but it didn’t stop the American striker from scoring a hat trick in the club’s lopsided preseason victory on Tuesday.

Sargent scored three goals in a 7-1 rout over German fourth-division side FC Oberneuland on Tuesday, kicking off his preseason schedule in style. The U.S. men’s national team forward has been linked with a move away from the 2. Bundesliga club, but showed just how important he is to the squad with a strong outing.

The 20-year-old needed only two minutes to break the deadlock, striking a low drive from the right side of the Oberneuland box into the bottom-left corner.

Sargent doubled his tally in the 35th minute, taking advantage of a giveaway from Oberneuland and once again beating the goalkeeper from inside of the box.

Werder Bremen’s busy first half continued as Sargent capped his hat trick with his third right-footed finish. The striker raced into the box from the right flank and unleashed a shot into the top-left corner.

The German club would add two additional goals after halftime to pad its advantage, helping set the stage for upcoming friendly matches over the next few weeks.

Werder Bremen continues its preseason schedule on July 17 against Feyenoord before final matches against Hannover and Fortuna Dusseldorf. Markus Anfang’s side kicks off its domestic schedule on August 7 against Osnabruck in the German Cup first round.


    • fourth division team, and status quo outcome is not really beneficial. don’t think it does a thing for him to encourage him to stay and have another up and down 5 goal season. move. let this game be your ad. the 9 pack is catching up on him.

      • I think they even just moved up from the 5th division. Two of his goals were nice strikes from 15-20 yards so at least they weren’t tap ins. I don’t think any scout would read too much into the performance to boost his stock.

      • it would be discounted but not ignored. and to me it’s always better to be producing than not at forward.

        he also looked like he was playing right wing, which i keep suggesting.

      • Great to see him break out of his slump, but (as people say with Dike) we need to see him do this with real competition. No one bodying him. No one stepping into the path and forcing him to change direction. Basic layoffs into space where he had ample time to shoot in stride. This is pretty much every goal I have seen Sargent score and it doesn’t surprise me that he can do this (again). Now show us that you can do it with a defender riding your back and fighting you off the ball. Do it in traffic. Do it when it’s not preseason. Hopefully, we will see this. But at least it’s nice to see him score (as well as our other potential #9’s).

    • Watched the first ten minutes again the camera angle was bad but he was a CF. Osaka seemed to be working as a striker as well at times so if they were in the same line Josh would drift to the right and Osaka on the left but not into a wide wing position. When Osaka dropped into midfield Josh would occupy the two CBs. Checked his other two goals as well he was definitely playing as the lone CF with Osaka and Bittencourt underneath him and if one pushed up he’d slide into a RF position.


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