U.S. Soccer

2016 International Festival

Rosario, Argentina

Five Things to Know About U-20 MNT Forward Josh Sargent

One of the U.S. Youth National Team's brightest prospects, forward Josh Sargent has made waves of late not only for the U-17 Men's National Team, but as part of the U.S. selection at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic. 

Here are five things you should know about the O'Fallon, Mo., product. 

St. Louis Bred

Hailing from the St. Louis suburb of O’Fallon, Josh Sargent made early plans when it came to soccer. According to his mother Liane, the future U-17 MNT forward learned how to kick a ball at age three and began telling friends and family that he was going to be a professional soccer player one day.

The soccer-rich environment of St. Louis certainly helped nurture those ambitions, but they were cultivated by his family as well. Both Liane and his father Jeff played collegiately, while his two sisters are also following in his footsteps in the game.

St. Louis Scott Gallagher

Sargent follows a long line of talent that suited up for powerhouse U.S. Soccer Development Academy Club St. Louis Scott Gallagher-Missouri, including current MNT defender Tim Ream, assistant coach Pat Noonan and former U.S. international Taylor Twellman.

Along with having a soccer family, Sargent credits the players and staff at SLSG for helping him reach the U.S. Youth National Team setup.

“It has been great these past few years. Playing in the Development Academy has really improved my game and the coaches know what they’re talking about,” Sargent told ussoccer.com last October. “The coaches are great guys. They’ve not only taught me how to be a better soccer player but how to become a better person overall. They are the type of people that will take care of you, mentor you, and show you what to do and how to do it.”

U.S. Youth National Teams

Having first appeared at a U-14 Training Camp in 2013, Sargent progressed on to the U-15 level where he notably took part in an international training camp in England in 2015.

Towards the end of that year, Sargent played for the rising U-15 Boys National Team at the 2015 Nike International Friendlies and then joined the U-17 MNT Residency Program. Prior to the 2017 FIFA U-17 Championship in April, Sargent amassed 14 goals and seven assists in 29 international matches, including his four goals and two assists during three matches as the U.S. won the 2016 Nike International Friendlies

Sargent captained the U-17 MNT at this spring's regional World Cup Qualifying tournament, racking up five goals and two assists in five games as the U.S. finished as runners-up in the tournament. Sargent particularly impressed during the USA's 4-3 comeback win against Mexico during the Group Stage, tallying two goals, one of which made that night's SportsCenter Top 10.

WATCH: Josh Sargent's Stunning Individual Effort vs. Mexico

Making Professional Waves

Sargent’s play for the U-17 MNT has put him in the spotlight for more than a few professional clubs. Last Summer, the O’Fallen, Mo., product spent two weeks training with Sporting Kansas City, who has since been confirmed to hold his league rights should he decide to sign with M.L.S., but there could be other opportunities.

Later in October, Sargent took a week-long training spell with Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven – a club where current MNT left back DaMarcus Beasley got his European start. Then after training with the U-20 MNT in January, Sargent went on another stint with German club Schalke, where fellow U.S. youth internationals Haji Wright, Weston McKennie and Nicholas Taitague currently reside.

U-20 MNT

Days after helping the U.S. qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, Sargent was named to Tab Ramos' final roster for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic. With the chance to become just the second player to appear in both U-17 and U-20 World Cup events during the same year, Sargent picked up where he left off, tallying two goals to lead the comeback in the USA's 3-3 draw with Ecuador to open proceedings in Korea.

At 17 years, 91 days, Sargent became the youngest player in U.S. history to score and just the sixth U.S. player to record a multi-goal game at the event. 

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U-17 MNT U-20 MNT May 22, 2017

Brian, Dunn & Ertz: The "NEW" New Kids Are All Grown Up

In 2008, Lauren Holiday, Tobin Heath and Amy Rodriguez, all 20-years-old or younger and teammates on the 2006 U-20 Women’s World Cup Team, were working to establish themselves on the U.S. WNT. They were the subject of a ussoccer.com video highlighting the talented youngsters and dubbing them, The New Kids. Six years later, a new generation came into the fold, and in 2014, Lauren, Tobin a Read more
WNT May 22, 2017

Seventeen Year Old Josh Sargent Becomes Youngest U.S. Player to Score at FIFA U-20 World Cup

Things could have gotten out of hand for the U.S. in the opening match of the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup against Ecuador. A high press deployed throughout Monday’s match helped La Tricolor break through twice in the first seven minutes, forcing Tab Ramos’ side to chase the game. Methodically, the U.S. pulled themselves back into contention, cutting the lead in half when Josh Sargent go Read more
U-20 MNT May 22, 2017

WNT Rewind: Chicago Earns First Road Win; Pugh Debuts for Spirit

Christen Press and Lynn Williams scored for their respective teams this past weekend, while Mallory Pugh made her much anticipated NWSL debut on Saturday for the Washington Spirit. Here’s a quick recap of what went down for U.S. WNT players over the weekend: NWSL Boston Breakers vs. Portland Thorns (2-2; Goals: Dowie, White; Nadim 2x) In the first Friday game of the year, Portland went into Read more
WNT May 22, 2017

De La Torre Equalizer vs. Ecuador Sets U.S. Record for Latest Goal at FIFA U-20 World Cup

Trailing Ecuador 3-2 late in the opening match of the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup on Monday, the USA needed some magic to ensure it didn’t start off the tournament with a difficult defeat. The breakthrough would come at the death, when Fulham FC forward Luca De La Torre opportunistically pounced on an Ecuador clearance, one-timing his effort from the top of the area inside the lower, ri Read more
U-20 MNT May 22, 2017

Young Guns Sargent, De La Torre Fire USA to 3-3 Comeback Draw in World Cup Opener vs. Ecuador

INCHEON, Korea Republic (May 22, 2017) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team used Luca De La Torre’s cool finish in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time to earn a valuable 3-3 draw against Ecuador in the opening match of the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup at Incheon Football Stadium. The goal came on the heels of a brace from U-20 MNT debutant Josh Sargent, whose two goals Read more
U-20 MNT May 22, 2017

MNT Rewind: Pulisic Helps Borussia Dortmund Earn UEFA Champions League Place

League seasons across Europe ended this week, with a couple of Americans playing a role in helping their clubs to prime positions for next season. Here’s how they performed: In Germany, Christian Pulisic came off the bench at halftime and helped spark Borussia Dortmund’s 4-3 comeback win against Werder Bremen to clinch third and an automatic place in the UEFA Champions League. Pulis Read more
MNT May 21, 2017

PREVIEW: USA Opens FIFA U-20 World Cup vs. Ecuador

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team kicks off the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup on May 22 against Ecuador at Incheon Stadium in Incheon, Korea Republic. The match will air live on FS1 and Telemundo at 4:00 a.m. ET. Fans can also follow all the matches of the U.S. U-20 MNT on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt. The U.S. spent seven days in Osaka, Japan as a pre-World Cup training camp before arriving to In Read more
U-20 MNT May 21, 2017

2015 Returnees Carter-Vickers, Palmer-Brown and Zelalem Ready to Lead in 2017 U-20 World Cup

The USA’s run at a U-20 World Cup championship came to a heartbreaking end two years ago. In front of 10,000 spectators at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand, the U.S. lost to eventual World Cup champions Serbia 6-5 on penalties after playing to a 0-0 draw. There were many tears shed following the disappointing defeat, but the team had a lot to be proud of. Flash forwa Read more
U-20 MNT May 21, 2017

U-19 WNT Falls to Japan 1-0 at U.S. Soccer National Training Center

CARSON, Calif. (May 19, 2017) – The U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team fell 1-0 to the Japan Under-20 Women’s National Team in a match played at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center. Japan will play two more matches at the U.S. Soccer NTC this coming week, both against the U.S. Under-20 WNT. The games will take place on Monday, May 22 (5 p.m. PT) and Wednesday, May 24 (5 p Read more
U-19 WNT May 19, 2017

Five Things to Know About U-20 'Keeper Jonathan Klinsmann

Awarded the Golden Glove as the top goalkeeper at the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, Jonathan Klinsmann is back to anchor the defense for the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team as it prepares to open the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic on May 22 against Ecuador. Here are five things you should know about the U.S. goalkeeper: Making His Own Way The son of a legendary World Cup winning str Read more
U-20 MNT May 19, 2017

Five Things to Know About the Ecuador U-20 MNT

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U-20 MNT May 19, 2017

The Great Eight Rd. II: Cupsets, Blowouts and Day Jobs at #USOC2017

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MNT on TV: Bobby Wood and Hamburg Look to Avoid Relegation Playoff

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MNT May 19, 2017

All Systems Go: Men's Youth National Teams Thriving in 2017

The end of a cycle usually means that things are winding down and people are preparing for what’s coming next. The opposite is true for U.S. Soccer’s Men’s Youth National Team programs, which have kicked into high gear and are shining brightly as the culmination of the current cycle draws near. As the full integration of the Youth National Team setup begins to reap benefits, ta Read more
YNT U-20 MNT U-18 MNT U-17 MNT U-16 BNT U-15 BNT May 18, 2017

2017 U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round Matchups and Hosting Scenarios Unveiled

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Schedule

Date Time Matchup Venue Watch

Results

2016 International Festival : March 30-April 10

PLAYER POS. HT. WT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE
D 5-8 132 Chicago, Ill. FC United
M 5-9 Los Angeles, Calif. LA Galaxy
D 5-9 Olney, Md. Bethesda-Olney
D 5-7 143 Douglasville, Ga. Atlanta United
F 5-6 130 Greensboro, N.C. Sporting KC
F Bakersfield, Calif. Central CA Aztecs
D Houston, Texas Houston Dynamo
M 5-5 130 Tracy, Calif. San Jose Earthquakes
F 5-6 113 Austin, Texas Lonestar S.C.
D 5-5 San Francisco, Calif. Ballistic United
M 5-9 Naperville, Ill. LA Galaxy Academy
M 5-2 San Jose, Calif. De Anza Force
F 5-4 Waianae, Hawaii Maui United
GK 5-11 154 Norridge, Ill. Chicago Fire
M 5-4 Oxford, Conn. Oakwood
D 6-0 Cary, N.C. Carolina RailHawks-CASL
GK 6-1 190 Happy Valley, Ore. Portland Timbers
F 5-11 155 Bedford, N.Y. NYCFC
M 5-5 110 Chester, N.J. New York Red Bulls
D 5-8 Bluffton, S.C. Storm

2016 International Festival : March 30-April 10

Axel Alejandre

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-8

Weight:
132

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Chicago, Ill.

Club:
FC United

Efrain Alvarez

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-9

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Los Angeles, Calif.

Club:
LA Galaxy

Noah Atanda

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-9

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Olney, Md.

Club:
Bethesda-Olney

George Bello

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-7

Weight:
143

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Douglasville, Ga.

Club:
Atlanta United

Gianluca Busio

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-6

Weight:
130

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Greensboro, N.C.

Club:
Sporting KC

Marco Ceja

Position:
Forward

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Bakersfield, Calif.

Club:
Central CA Aztecs

James Crath

Position:
Defender

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Houston, Texas

Club:
Houston Dynamo

Gilbert Fuentes Perez

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-5

Weight:
130

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Tracy, Calif.

Club:
San Jose Earthquakes

Julian Gaines

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-6

Weight:
113

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Austin, Texas

Club:
Lonestar S.C.

Maximilian Goeggel

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
San Francisco, Calif.

Club:
Ballistic United

Cade Hagan

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-9

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Naperville, Ill.

Club:
LA Galaxy Academy

Jack Imperato

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-2

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
San Jose, Calif.

Club:
De Anza Force

Kawika Kelii

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-4

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Waianae, Hawaii

Club:
Maui United

Damian Las

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
5-11

Weight:
154

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Norridge, Ill.

Club:
Chicago Fire

Mikey Maunsell

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-4

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Oxford, Conn.

Club:
Oakwood

Jake O'Connor

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-0

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Cary, N.C.

Club:
Carolina RailHawks-CASL

Kashope Oladapo

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-1

Weight:
190

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Happy Valley, Ore.

Club:
Portland Timbers

Giovanni Reyna

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-11

Weight:
155

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Bedford, N.Y.

Club:
NYCFC

Peter Stroud

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-5

Weight:
110

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Chester, N.J.

Club:
New York Red Bulls

Juan Zuniga Juan Zuniga

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-8

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Bluffton, S.C.

Club:
Storm

2016 International Festival of Futbol Schedule

Date Match Time (ET)/Result Venue
April 4 USA vs. Club Atletico Talleres 5-1 W Polideportivo Bella Vista; Rosario, Argentina
April 6 USA vs. Newell's Old Boys 2-2 T Polideportivo Bella Vista; Rosario, Argentina
April 8 USA vs. Uruguay 2-0 W Polideportivo Bella Vista; Rosario, Argentina

2016 Statistics


Record: 2-0-1

Player

GP

GS

Min.

G

A

Pts

Alejandre, Axel 3 3 182 0 0 0
Alvarez, Efrain 3 3 145 4 2 10
Atanda, Noah 3 1 85 0 0 0
Bello, George 3 3 215 1 0 2
Busio, Gianluca 3 1 128 0 0 0
Ceja, Marco
3 1 88 1 0 2
Fuentes, Gilbert 2 1 102 0 0 0
Gaines, Julian 2 2 99 0 0 0
Goeggel, Max 3 3 185 0 0 0
Hagan, Cade 3 2 157 2 0 4
Imperato, Jack 2 1 75 0 0 0
Kelii, Kanoa 3 1 82 0 0 0
Las, Damian 2 2 145 0 0 0
Maunsell, Mikey 3 2 150 0 0 0
O'Connor, Jake 3 2 150 0 0 0
Oladapo, Kashope 1 1 70 0 0 0
Reyna, Giovanni 2 2 79 1 0 2
Stroud, Peter 3 2 113 0 0 0
Zuniga, Juan 2 0 46 0 0 0














Own Goal


Totals

3/3 3/3 215 9 2 20

Opponent Totals

3/3 3/3 215 3 0 6

2016 U-17 Women's NTC Invitational Goalkeeping Statistics

Player Name

GP

GS

Min.

GF

GA

SO

GAA

W-L-T

Las, Damian 2 2 145 7 1 1 0.50 2-0-0
Oladapo, Kashope 1 1 70 2 2 0 2.00 0-0-1









Totals

3 3 215 9 3 1 0.98 2-0-1

Opponent Totals

3 3 215 3 9 0 2.93 0-2-1

Updated through April 22, 2016


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