For too long, Josh Sargent was perhaps the most under-the-radar high-end talent on the U.S. U17 MNT. Not anymore.
Sargent exploded onto the national scene with an enormous string of performances in the 2016 Nike Friendlies last December. The venue that helped launch multiple U17 MNT careers was good to Sargent, and soon thereafter Sporting KC made a grab for his MLS Homegrown rights. Whether or not Sargent even has a desire to play there is one thing, but SKC might not get a chance. A recent (albeit brief) training stint with Schalke proves the path to Europe could be wide open come his 18th birthday.
In any case, Sargent was often given less attention than flashier talents like Andrew Carleton and Ayo Akinola, but he might ultimately be the best prospect of all of them. Sargent is the subject of this week’s TDS Scouting Report, which takes a deeper dive into the talent sets of some of the top up-and-coming stars in the U.S. pool.
If there’s a better amateur forward prospects anywhere in the country right now, the number is a small one.