U.S. turns to Sargent, youth for Portugal friendly

USA forward Josh Sargent (pictured) has competed in two FIFA youth World Cups and the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship in 2017. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

CHICAGO – United States youth international forward Josh Sargent was among 21 players called into U.S. national team training camp Tuesday for an international friendly at Portugal on November 14.

The 17-year-old Sargent was a key member of the American squads that progressed from the group stages at this year’s FIFA Under-17 and U-20 World Cups, scoring a total of seven goals across both competitions.

He was one of five uncapped players summoned by acting head coach Dave Sarachan, joining goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas), defender Cameron Carter-Vickers (Sheffield United), as well as midfielders Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls) and Weston McKennie (Schalke).

“With this particular roster and the availability of players, it was a great opportunity to bring Josh,” Sarachan commented. “He’s obviously impressed at both youth World Cups this year and so this camp gives us a chance to give a first look to a young player we think will have a bright future in the national team program.”

Sargent also netted five goals in helping the U.S. capture the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship title earlier this year.


GOALKEEPERS: Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas), Bill Hamid (Midtjylland/Denmark), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/Belgium)

DEFENDERS: John Brooks (Wolfsburg/Germany), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Sheffield United/England), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest/England), Matt Miazga (Vitesse/Netherlands), Tim Ream (Fulham/England), Jorge Villafaña (Santos/Mexico), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/England)

MIDFIELDERS: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland/England), Weston McKennie (Schalke/Germany), Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution), Danny Williams (Huddersfield Town/England)

FORWARDS: Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Dom Dwyer (Orlando City SC), C.J. Sapong (Philadelphia Union), Josh Sargent (St. Louis Scott Gallagher)