After a standout 2017 U-20 World Cup earlier this year, U.S. youth forward Josh Sargent has announced he will sign with Bundesliga club Werder Bremen in 2018. The St. Louis Sensation became the youngest U.S. player to score at the U-20 World Cup in South Korea at just 17 years and 91 days old in a game against Ecuador where he also captained the youth side. Sargent didn’t stop with that first goal, however, and ended the tournament with four goals in five matches.
It was clear after the tournament that Sargent was due to make a leap to the next level. In fact, the Bremen news shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, it was reported back in May that the club would be adding the forward to their roster when he turned 18 and today’s announcement confirms that.
In an video released by the club, Sargent discussed his motivation for joining Bremen saying that the club “felt like home.”
Although he has announced that he will sign with the Werder, Sargent can’t actually join the team until he turns 18 on February 20, 2018. Once he officially signs, the club will integrate him into their U-23 side for the remainder of the season and give him a chance to fight for a place on the senior squad over the summer according to a statement from the team.
For now, Sargent will continue to prepare for the 2017 U-17 World Cup in India coming up in October where he will be a part of a stacked U.S. side that will include Andrew Carleton, George Bello, and James Sands.