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Josh Sargent starts, scores once in Norwich City victory


Josh Sargent stepped in for the injured Teemu Pukki at the forefront of Norwich City’s attack on Tuesday night and proceeded to score his first goal of the new English Football League Championship season.

Sargent started, scored one goal, and helped set up a second in the Canaries’ 2-1 home win over Huddersfield Town. It was Sargent’s first Championship goal and his fifth overall for the club in all competitions since his joined Norwich City.

“It feels great,” Sargent said postmatch. “In the last games we were able to keep the ball and create good chances but we weren’t able to provide that finishing touch. Obviously today we were, so I’m very excited and it was great to get the first one.

“The fans are amazing every time we’re here,” he added. “Especially for a striker, it feels really good to get that first goal of the season.”

Sargent needed only six minutes to kickstart the scoring at Carrow Road, rising high to head home Daniel Sinani’s cross into the bottom-left corner. Sinani’s cross came from the right wing and allowed the U.S. men’s national team striker the opportunity to flick his effort past Lee Nicholls.

After scoring the opening goal for Dean Smith’s side, Sargent helped play a part in the Canaries’ second goal of the first half. His shot in the box was blocked by a Huddersfield Town defender, but Sinani pounced on the rebound for his first league goal of the campaign.

Sargent’s impact in the match carried over to the second half as the American forward was hauled down by Huddersfield’s Tom Lees on a breakaway. Lees was shown a straight red card for his last man challenge, giving Norwich City an extra man advantage for the remainder of the match.

Sargent won six of his 10 duels, completed one dribble, and completed one tackle in his 68 minutes on the field.

“I’m really pleased for Sarge, he’s come in today because Teemu had a swollen foot – he couldn’t get his boot on so we decided to start Sarge and him and Danel hit off a really good relationship,” Smith said postmatch about Sargent.

“I’m really pleased he got his first goal of the season – it was a really good header and he looked dangerous. That’ll do him the world of good,” he added.

The victory snapped Norwich City’s three-match winless run in league play and has given Sargent needed confidence going forward this summer. Norwich City next hosts Millwall on Friday before facing AFC Bournemouth in EFL Cup action.


  1. Josh Sargent !!!! My man needs to leave Nottingham Forest. With his experience in the EPL, engaging teams at an elite level, being accustomed to the fast pace of the Premiership I think Josh Sargent is better off as an Attacking Midfielder or Winger for a mid-level Bundesliga team, not a center forward. If he has his sights set on the USMNT right now it will be really difficult to dethrone any of the following strikers:

    Timothy Weah – 6 goals in 60 appearances (Lille)
    Jordan Petok – 1 goal in 2 appearances (Union Berlin)
    ——————- 22 goals 32 appearances (Young Boys)
    Haji Wright – 1 goal in 2 appearances (Antalyaspor)
    ——————14 goals in 32 appearances (Antalyaspor , while on loan)
    Jesus Ferreira – 15 goals 5 assists (FC Dallas, MLS)
    Brandon Vasquez -15 goals 4 assists (FC Cincy, MLS)
    Jeremy Ebobisse – 14 goals 2 assists (Earthquakes, MLS)
    Malik Tillman, Ricardo Pepi, Matthew Hoppe and Daryl Dike haven’t done anything outstanding…..yet

    For the first time in MLS the 2nd, 3rd and 4th place strikers ARE ALL AMERICAN STRIKERS (well maybe because Valentín Castellanos went to La Liga club Girona, lol) sooooooo the competition is fierce!!!!! I think Sargent needs to go back to the Bundesliga. It will be difficult to be picked up by a really good team because he hasn’t been doing so hot of late but I think the German League as a whole will be better for his development and confidence.

  2. In his full time in the game, he played really well with his movement and took shot opportunities. Could have had more than one goal, but that could be rust in the center forward position. Glad he’s getting time there, and not just as a winger. He didn’t just make straight runs but was in and around the backline constantly moving. Positive start.

  3. Having not seen the game… Why did he get yanked at 68′? They felt they had the game on lock, fitness, mistakes, better options???

  4. Glad he got a goal and played really well. Still has a ways to go to convince me he should be back in the USMNT picture. But all he can do is continue to improve and get better. Has talent just needs to be more consistent. Keep working hard Sarge.

    • IMHO Sargent has been and continues to be right there with the rest of the USMNT Striker Pool. The entire CF pool has been extremely inconsistent and has struggled to score. All have missed sitters during WCQ which have made us shake our heads and ask “How the F@%K did they miss that…yet we’ve kind of turned a blind eye to their shortcomings.
      1) Ferreira – Currently the most consistent. Good movement off the ball, good interplay/linkup with the other attackers. Presses well to help force turn-overs and give us a short field. A good first touch (most times).
      2a) PeFolk – Probably the best club strike rate giving him confidence. OK linkup with other attackers. OK first touch. Does not press well. Lingering image of flubbing the sitter against Mexico.
      2b) Pepi – Good movement off the ball, good interplay/linkup with the other attackers. Presses well to help force turn-overs and give us a short field. A decent first touch (most times). Lacks confidence and isn’t getting much playing time at the moment.
      3a) Tillman – A possibility. Has hit the ground running at Rangers so far as a wide attacker. He’s been doing well and is adapting quickly to the physicality in the SPL as well as recognizing the available spaces & passing lanes. Has all the technical and physical tools. I’d like to see him tried at CF in September. I could easily see him being a Super-Sub at CF when we need a goal.
      3b) Sargent – Good movement off the ball, good interplay/linkup with the other attackers. Presses well to help force turn-overs and give us a short field. A good first touch (most times). Was getting consistent minutes (even if on the wing). Lacked confidence in front of goal, but does everything else we want/need in a CF.
      3c) Weah – A possibility but more value at wide attacker. He’ll be on the plane regardless….so only including him as a depth option in the event Gregg only takes 2 CFs.
      4) Zardes – Presses well, OK interplay/linkup with other attackers. Crap first touch making him a liability in possession. I don’t see this as a realistic option, but Gregg may do something Crazy.
      5) Dike – Recent injury has put him on the sideline for the next 2 months. I just don’t see him having enough time to make the cut.

      At this point it’s going to come down to who’s got the hot hand heading into the WC shutdown. IMO it’s going to be Ferreira and then the 2 players in best in form of Pepi, Sargent, & Tillman. With Sargent & Tillman’s versatility and current club situation I give them an edge over Pepi at this time.

      • Brandon Vasquez is red-hot as well and I really like him. His first touch is an absolute brick but it’s like he knows that and compensates for that by just reflexively one-touching it to a teammate, he’s kind of a smart ricochet wall as a holdup man, basically a mobile 1-2. In front of goal he’s a lethal finisher and for such a big dude he’s shockingly fast and snaky and almost Zlatan-esque with the ball at his feet, and he’s an absolute beast in the air and bully in the box too. And I wouldn’t count out Haji Wright either; he’s similar and is the starter for Antalyaspor and seems to be picking up right where he left off last year.

        If I had to pick this second I’d probably go with Ferreirra, Vasquez as our #2, and for the third and final spot I’d be agonizing between Wright, Pefok, and Josh Sargent, because they all bring different stuff and situationally I could see any of them being useful. I’d also personally bring Tillman ahead of Paul Arriola or Jordan Morris on the wing.

      • on Pepi, he was just fine in MLS, moved too soon abroad from a good situation for him to what he has now., while Ferreira keeps prospering

      • As for Vazquez, his system at FCC is very different from the NT. If he’d been brought in in June even if he didn’t play I could see it. I’m just not sure he can adjust to the complexities of playing as a solo strike in Berhalter’s setup in one short camp. He did play U17s with Pulisic, Adams, and de la Torre at the U17 WC. He had some overlap with Wes as well during their youth days as well so there should be some comfort. I think he deserves a shot in September I’m just not sure he can learn enough to play well enough in that camp.

  5. I’ve always been a big fan of his. He was awesome in the u20 WC several years ago. Hopefully he can get back to that level of finishing in the championship this year. Of all of the guys on the fringe right now he has played more in Berhalters system and does all of the things he expects from the #9, he just wasn’t scoring. If any of that group could get hot in front of goal before the WC he would be the best fit imho.

  6. Sargent’s always been a major talent but he’s also always had the yips in front of goal. Never was sure if that was something he’d one day just get over or just that he’s the opposite of clutch and that was something just endemic to the player.

    I coached a lot of guys and I’ve seen it plenty, and I’ve seen it go both ways, and I never could tell one from the other. I do know a bunch of legend-in-their-own-minds youth prodigies have that problem, and it’s usually related to some weird unrealistic expectations they’ve got built up in their own head…they can’t possibly actually deliver on that, and so…yips.

    The pattern with Sargent usually has been in the past, he’ll flash that prodigious talent here and there, but then go right back to yipping and scuffing from three feet in front of goal and it’ll be a year before he scores again. Hopefully I’m wrong. We all know there’s definitely a big HELP WANTED sign over the forward position for Qatar, and he could certainly slot right back in with the group, and he fits what we do a whole lot of ways.


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