The American soccer pipeline continued to Germany Wednesday as Werder Bremen announced it will sign U.S. youth national team striker Josh Sargent.
Sargent, 17, who was one of the U.S.’s best players at the Under-20 World Cup in June, will represent the Americans at the U-17 World Cup in India next month.
Werder Bremen officially will sign Sargent when he turns 18 in February.
He will join the likes of 19-year-old U.S. international midfielder Christian Pulisic, who performs for Borussia Dortmund, and Weston McKennie, Haji Wright and Nick Taitague, who play for Schalke, in the Bundesliga.
“We have been keeping tabs on Joshua for a long time and so it isn’t a great surprise to us that his brilliant performances have attracted attention on an international scale,” Werder Bremen’s head of scouting, Tim Steidten said in a statement.
“Therefore, we are extremely happy that despite the numerous offers from other top clubs in Europe, he was convinced by our philosophy at SV Werder and that we can now oversee his development as a player and support him along the way. He has a great understanding of the game and he is one of the most promising talents of his age in the world.”
Steidten said that Sargent will join the first team next summer.
“Josh will have time to adapt to the club and the city and at the start, he will train with the U-23s. Then from next summer, he will become a proper part of the squad,” he said.
Sargent, who had trained with PSV Eindhoven and Schalke, reportedly chose Werder Bremen over the likes of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, according to ESPN’s Taylor Twellman.