Josh Sargent

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Josh Sargent
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Sargent with Werder Bremen in 2019
Personal information
Full name Joshua Thomas Sargent[1]
Date of birth (2000-02-20) February 20, 2000 (age 20)
Place of birth O'Fallon, Missouri, United States
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Werder Bremen
Number 19
Youth career
2013–2016 St. Louis Scott Gallagher
2016–2017 IMG Academy
2017–2018 Werder Bremen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2018– Werder Bremen II 12 (7)
2018– Werder Bremen 39 (6)
National team
2015–2017 United States U17 44 (25)
2017 United States U20 5 (4)
2019– United States U23 2 (0)
2018– United States 12 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 21, 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 19, 2019

Joshua Thomas Sargent (born February 20, 2000) is an American soccer player who plays as a forward for Werder Bremen of the Bundesliga and for the United States national soccer team. In May 2017, at the age of 17, he became the youngest U.S. player to score at the FIFA U-20 World Cup.[2]

Early life[edit]

Sargent was born in O'Fallon, Missouri, to Jeff and Liane Sargent, both of whom played college-level soccer. Josh joined the Scott Gallagher Soccer Club at 8 years old.[3] He attended St. Dominic for part of his high school years, before moving to Florida to join the U.S. residency program.[4] He was ranked as the No. 2 high school soccer player in the country.[4]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Sargent played for Scott Gallagher Missouri, a U.S. Soccer Development Academy club from St. Louis, Missouri.[5] After his impressive performance at the 2016 Nike International Friendlies, he spent two weeks training with Sporting Kansas City in the summer of 2016 and the MLS club acquired the player's acquisition rights,[6] as St. Louis is in Sporting Kansas City's homegrown player territory.[7] In October of the same year, Sargent spent a week-long training spell with Dutch club PSV Eindhoven. In January 2017, after being called for the United States U20 team, he trained with German club FC Schalke 04.[8][9][10]

Werder Bremen[edit]

On September 20, 2017, Werder Bremen announced that Sargent would join the club on January 1, 2018, and then sign a professional contract on his 18th birthday, per FIFA rules.[11] He played with the club's under-23 squad in a friendly match and signed his contract on February 20, 2018, making him eligible to join the first team for the 2018–19 season.[12]

On December 7, 2018, Sargent made his debut for the Werder Bremen first team, coming on as a substitute in the 76th minute in a match against Fortuna Düsseldorf. He scored with his first touch of the match in the 78th minute, the fastest goal by a debutant in club history.[13]

In February 2019, Sargent agreed to a "long-term" contract extension with the club.[14]

International career[edit]

Sargent first appeared in a United States U14 camp in 2013. In the same year, he was called for the United States U15.

In 2015, he joined the U-17 MNT Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida. He was a key part of the team that won the 2016 Nike International Friendlies, scoring four goals and notching two assists in three matches.[8] On April 17, 2017, Sargent was included by coach John Hackworth in the 20-man squad chosen to represent United States at the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship.[15] He scored five goals in the tournament, including two goals in a victory over Mexico.[16] He led the United States as they reached the final and qualified for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Only two days later, Sargent was surprisingly included by coach Tab Ramos in the 21-man squad called to represent United States at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[17] On May 22, the Americans debuted in the tournament against Ecuador. Sargent started the match, scored two goals, helping his team to tie the match and becoming the youngest American player to ever score in a U20 World Cup.[2][18][19] Sargent is the second U.S. player (after Freddy Adu) to play in the U-17 and U-20 World Cups in the same year.[20] On June 1, 2017, after scoring against New Zealand, Sargent joined Jozy Altidore, Eddie Johnson and Taylor Twellman, becoming one of the U.S.'s all-time goalscorers at the U-20 World Cup.[21]

On November 7, 2017, Sargent received his first senior call up for a friendly against Portugal. He thus became the only American player ever to appear in a U-17, U-20 and MNT camp during the same calendar year.[22] On May 28, 2018, Sargent earned his first cap for the senior team for a friendly against Bolivia and scored his first international goal. He became the fourth-youngest player to score for the United States, until Timothy Weah (aged two days younger than Sargent) scored his first goal minutes later.[23][24]

Career statistics[edit]


As of September 12, 2020[25]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Werder Bremen II 2018–19 Regionalliga Nord 12 7 12 7
Werder Bremen 2018–19 Bundesliga 10 2 0 0 10 2
2019–20 28 4 4 0 2[a] 0 34 4
2020–21 0 0 1 1 1 1
Total 38 6 5 1 0 0 2 0 45 7
Career totals 50 13 5 1 0 0 2 0 57 14
  1. ^ Appearances in Bundesliga relegation playoffs


As of May 27, 2020[26]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National Team Year Apps Goals
United States 2018 6 2
2019 6 3
Total 12 5
As of May 27, 2020[26]
Scores and results list United States' goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Sargent goal.
List of international goals scored by Josh Sargent
# Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1. May 28, 2018 Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, United States 1  Bolivia 2–0 3–0 Friendly
2. October 16, 2018 Pratt & Whitney Stadium, East Hartford, United States 5  Peru 1–0 1–1 Friendly
3. October 11, 2019 Audi Field, Washington, D.C., United States 10  Cuba 6–0 7–0 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League A
4. November 19, 2019 Truman Bodden Sports Complex, George Town, Cayman Islands 12  Cuba 1–0 4–0 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League A
5. 4–0


United States U17



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  2. ^ a b "SEVENTEEN YEAR OLD JOSH SARGENT BECOMES YOUNGEST U.S. PLAYER TO SCORE AT FIFA U-20 WORLD CUP". U.S. Soccer Federation. May 22, 2017. Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  3. ^ "Josh Sargent: The pride of soccer-rich St. Louis", Soccer America, Mike Wotalla, May 26, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Former St. Dominic student Sargent realizing dream with U-17 national team", St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Steve Overbey, October 8, 2016.
  5. ^ "Is Josh Sargent USA Soccer's Next Star? Amazing Goal Vs. Mexico Hints 'Yes'". NESN. Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  6. ^ Galarcep, Ives. "The Chinese league is continuing to spend big money, and it's time for MLS to start taking it seriously as a threat to the American league's transfer plans". Goal. Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  7. ^ "Josh Sargent U17 National Team Update", Soccer STL, August 24, 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Five Things to Know About Forward Josh Sargent". USSoccer. Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  9. ^ Overbey, Steve. "Former St. Dominic student Sargent realizing dream with U-17 national team". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  10. ^ "Josh Sargent Training at Schalke". Soccer STL. Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  11. ^ Goff, Steven. "U.S. teenager Josh Sargent to sign with Werder Bremen". Washington Post. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  12. ^ Creditor, Avi (February 20, 2018). "USA's Josh Sargent Turns 18, Signs His Contract With Werder Bremen". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  13. ^ "'Beginner's luck' – Sargent scores with first touch on Bundesliga debut". Goal. December 7, 2018. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  14. ^ "Josh Sargent signs long-term extension with Werder Bremen". ESPN. February 26, 2019. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  15. ^ "Hackworth Names 20-player Roster for 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship". USSoccer. Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  16. ^ "Want to see a great goal? Watch Josh Sargent in U.S. U-17’s 4–3 win over Mexico", Washington Post, Steven Goff, April 26, 2017.
  17. ^ "RAMOS NAMES USA ROSTER FOR 2017 FIFA U-20 WORLD CUP IN KOREA REPUBLIC". USSoccer. Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  18. ^ Simpson, Christopher. "Josh Sargent Brace Inspires USA to 3–3 Ecuador Comeback at 2017 U-20 World Cup". Bleacher Report. Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  20. ^ "Josh Sargent: Who is USA's 17-year-old rising soccer star?", Sports Illustrated, May 25, 2017.
  21. ^ "Sargent comes of age in Korea Republic". Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  23. ^ Blum, Ronald (May 28, 2018). "Sargent & Weah, both 18, score as US beats Bolivia 3–0". San Francisco Chronicle. Associated Press. Archived from the original on May 29, 2018. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  24. ^ "USA 3–0 Bolivia". BBC Sport. May 29, 2018. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  25. ^ "Josh Sargent » Club matches". Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  26. ^ a b "Sargent, Josh". National Football Teams. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  27. ^ "CONCACAF U-17 contenders confirmed". Oceania Football Confederation. May 9, 2017. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  28. ^ Coreschi, Colton (April 17, 2017). "Carleton, Weah, Sargent headline U.S. U-17 roster for CONCACAF U-17 Championship". SBI Soccerway. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
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