The 19-year-old was left out of the United States’ CONCACAF Gold Cup 23-man list, and instead of feeling down, he worked harder during the summer.

When United States national team coach Gregg Berhalter announced his 23-man list for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup, one name was absent.

Surprisingly Werder Bremen’s Josh Sargent was not featured on this list and he missed the chance to play in the summer with his country.

Bremen coach Florian Kohfeldt offered the teenager striker an extended vacation to try to recharge energy for the new season, but instead, Sargent worked hard all summer.

“It was frustrating for him not to be called up for the Gold Cup, but he wasn’t devastated about it,” Kohfeldt was quoted by the official Bundesliga site.

“I gave him the chance to spend some time with his family because he’s a long way from home here in Bremen, and can’t fly back to the US very often, but he didn’t want to.”

“He told me that his full focus is on Werder Bremen,” he added.

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“Now he’s come back in fantastic shape, which is really important for him.”

“I’d have welcomed it if he’d have played at the finals because that kind of thing is always a good experience, but we also see the positives of him not being involved,” the Bremen boss explained.

“Josh is really fresh at our training camp and knuckling down.”

“Josh will be called up again, anyway. It hasn’t done his international career any harm,” he concluded.


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