Many eyes are focused on the progress of American striker Josh Sargent with German club Werder Bremen. The St. Louis area youngster is making his mark in his first professional matches thus far, and on Wednesday scored his fourth goal in his fifth Regionalliga Nord match (German 4th division) for Werder Bremen’s reserve side in their 1-1 draw with SC Weiche-08
Sargent officially signed with the north German club last February on his 18th birthday after committing to the club months earlier and training with the club’s senior side during the winter, appearing with the green-whites senior squad in friendlies. Unfortunately, because he was unable to sign his professional contract until he turned 18, and that day fell after the winter transfer window closed at the end of January, he was unable to make any official appearances for the club until this August.
But the tall red-head has taken full advantage of his first opportunities to play as a professional and is making his case for inclusion with Bremen’s first team. His ability to score goals has resulted in a decision being made — Sargent will not cross the Atlantic to compete with the USMNT in its friendlies next week but instead will stay in Germany to compete with Werder Bremen’s senior side in friendlies during the international break, according to Coach Florian Kohfeldt, who noted that
I thought that Josh played very well Wednesday. Josh will definitely get his chances to play with us in the friendly games next week
Werder Bremen will play friendlies against 1st division Dutch side Emmen on Tuesday and German 3.Liga club SV Meppen on Saturday. The green-whites opened the season last Saturday at home with a 1-1 draw against Hannover, finding their equalizer late from fullback Theodor Gebre Selassie. The club will be on the road in Frankfurt Saturday for their MatchDay 2 fixture against Eintracht.
Going into Saturday’s contest against Die Adler, Kohfeldt will be without the services of attackers Martin Harnik, Fin Bartels and Aron Johansson, all derailed by leg injuries. Additionally, Max Kruse, who led the green-whites in scoring last season, had to be subbed out near the hour mark in the opener with a knock, although he has resumed training and is listed as a probable starter Saturday.
It will be interesting to see what next week brings for Sargent. While the senior squad is in Frankfurt Saturday, the reserves will be taking on VfB Oldenburg. If the American international has another good performance Saturday, and then shows well in next week’s friendlies with the first team, one wonders if Sargent’s Bundesliga debut may be coming sooner than expected. Despite 14 shots against Hannover, Werder’s attack rarely inspired, and of the attacking players, only subs Claudio Pizarro and Milot Rashica had more than one shot. Another lackluster offensive performance Saturday in Frankfurt, combined with the injuries already incurred by attackers, may see Sargent in the first team squad when Bremen host 1.FC Nurnberg on Sunday September 16. Although Bremen have given every indication of showing patience and caution in Sargent’s development, the state of the club’s attacking corps, considered deep prior in the offseason, may demand that Sargent is in that September 16 squad.
Exciting times for the young American !!!