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St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club

Josh Sargent Scores on USMNT Debut

 

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – St. Louis Scott Gallagher alumnus Josh Sargent made his debut and became the fifth-youngest player to score for the U.S. Men’s National Team tonight in the 3-0 victory against Bolivia in a friendly match.

 

Sargent started the match and played 61 minutes in his debut in a USMNT team with an average age of 22 years and 160 days-old.  He scored in the 52nd minute after taking the ball down from a poor clearance from Bolivian goalkeeper Carlos Lampe and he shot hard and low to become the second-youngest player to score on his USMNT debut and fifth-youngest scorer in USMNT history.

 

Sargent was named the 2017 U.S. Soccer Young Player of the Year after a historic calendar year.  He was part of the 20-man squad that competed in the 2017 CONCACAF U17 Championship and went on to score five goals during the tournament which saw the team lose the final on penalty kicks to Mexico.  Sargent was then named to the U20 USMNT squad for the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup and scored twice on his debut against Ecuador to become the youngest American player to score in the U20 World Cup.  His five goals during the tournament tied him with Jozy Altidore, Eddie Johnson, and Taylor Twellman as the United States’ all-time leading goalscorer at the U20 level.  Sargent was then named to the 21-man roster for the 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup during which he became only the second U.S. player to represent the country at both the U17 and U20 World Cups in the same year.  His three goals would help the U.S. reach the quarterfinals where they were eliminated by eventual champions England.  His stellar performances earned Sargent a call-up to the senior USMNT camp for the friendly against Portugal on November 14th but he was not named to the match day squad.  In total, Sargent has represented the United States in 50 appearances and scored 30 goals at the U17, U20 and senior-team levels.