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Kevin Paredes scores first Bundesliga goal to continue strong form


Wolfsburg came out on the losing end of Saturday’s road showdown with Werder Bremen, but American fullback/midfielder Kevin Paredes celebrated his first Bundesliga goal in the result.

Paredes came off the bench and scored in stoppage time of Wolfsburg’s 2-1 loss to Werder Bremen, continuing a positive start to 2023 for the former D.C. United homegrown. Paredes registered his first Bundesliga assist back on Jan. 21 against Freiburg.

Niklas Fullkrug’s brace propelled Werder Bremen to three points, but Wolfsburg went down fighting in the second half. Paredes came on as an 82nd minute substitution and needed only eight minutes to make an impact.

His left-footed shot at the top of the Bremen box following a corner kick nestled into the bottom-right corner, cutting the Wolfsburg deficit to 2-1. Although Wolfsburg could not avoid defeat, manager Niko Kovac will be pleased with the 19-year-old’s latest contribution.

Wolfsburg will aim for a bounce-back performance midweek when it travels to Union Berlin in the Round of 16 of the DFB Poker tournament. Paredes has now made 10 appearances in all competitions for Wolfsburg this season.


  1. He isn’t a defender. Why people continue on with that notion makes me laugh. Wolfsburg has never put him at Lb. He has played wing. He played a half a season as a LWB for Dc United out of necessity. Winger at u20 level too.

    Great to see him playing really well.

    • Because people tend to see people where they first saw them. Hence the Morris is a forward, some people still try to say Kellyn Accosta can play LB, Zardes as a winger. Also our LB depth is pretty small and our LW depth is solid as Pulisic, Weah, and Gio all can play there.

      • Don’t think that depth is as great as we all think it is. All of those players have injury issues. We need a couple more attacking wingers/AM’s to come good during this cycle. Paredes, Cowell, and Paxten Aaronson seem the most likely players.

      • People really blowing Cowell’s performance out of proportion. Maybe he got 100 times better in the off season but…

    • USMNT fans have long been overly concerned with very specifically pigeonholing players.

      Paredes is listed as a defender/midfielder. and that should be enough.

      The idea of launching your offense via your defenders, particularly your of your fullbacks has been around a long time. If the player is good enough , he has the entire field in front of him, he is likely to be more or less unmarked,

      Which means he will have a few more seconds than someone who is already further forward.

      Paredes seems good at this. Other midfielders/defenders are better at other aspects, such as a more defensive aspect.

      There’s room for both.

      There is more than one way to skin a cat.


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