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Americans Abroad

Josh Sargent earns post-tournament recognition for efforts with Werder Bremen U-19s

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Josh Sargent put in a heck of a performance during the CRB U-19 Champions Trophy tournament, and now the forward has earned a little recognition for his effort.

The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team forward scored three goals for Werder Bremen throughout the club's run, leading the way in a third-place finish in the U-19 tournament.

Aron Johannsson eyes starting spot at Werder Bremen

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Aron Johannsson had himself a great weekend. He may have come on as a substitute in Werder Bremen's 2-2 draw against Borussia Monchengladbach, but he was the one who scored the late goal to secure a point for his side.

Now, Johannsson, who has struggled with injuries during his time witheclub, is looking to use that performance as a launching point into a regular place in the starting XI.

Josh Sargent signs professional contract with Werder Bremen

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Tuesday is a day that has been a long time coming for Josh Sargent.

Werder Bremen announced on Tuesday that Sargent has officially signed his professional contract with the club. Sargent has been training with the German side since the start of 2018, but was required to wait until his 18th birthday to sign a professional deal in Europe.

Johannsson nears return to full training, Sargent with Werder Bremen first team

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Aron Johannsson is still working his way back from a hip issue that sidelined him after scoring a goal in a DfB Pokal match last week.

He did start and play 65 minutes for Werder in their 3-1 victory over VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday, but he's still not back to full health and trained separately from the first team on Wednesday.

Aron Johannsson expected to feature for Werder Bremen in Sunday's match against Wolfsburg

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Aron Johannsson's resurgence at Werder Bremen appeared to take a step back after the forward suffered an injury midweek, but, according to his head coach, the U.S. Men's National Team forward should be right back in the picture this weekend.

After spending the better part of a year out of the picture with the Bundesliga club, Johannsson has fired his way back onto the scene with a pair of standout performances.

Werder Bremen boss Kohfeldt, captain Junuzovic praise Johannsson after standout performance

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Aron Johannsson has been out of the picture at Werder Bremen for quite some time, but the American forward made quite a return over the weekend while impressing his manager along the way.

The 2014 World Cup veteran had played a combined 12 minutes in four appearances heading into this weekend's clash with Schalke.

Josh Sargent scores first Werder Bremen youth goal

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Josh Sargent appears to be enjoying his move to Germany as he continued his hot start with the Werder Bremen youth side.

He kept the banner weekend for young American prospects in Europe going by netting his first goal since making the move overseas.

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Josh Sargent excited for new challenge at Werder Bremen

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After a year filled with success at various levels of the U.S. Youth setup, 17-year-old forward Josh Sargent is taking his talents to Germany, like many young Americans before him. The move won't be official until he turns 18 but, in the meantime, Sargent is feeling at home with his new club.

Most recently, Sargent has been with Wolfsburg's U-23 team for training camp as he prepared to officially join the team when he turns 18 in February.

Aron Johannsson working his was back into Werder Bremen squad

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A knee injury derailed Aron Johannsson's 2017-18 season, as the Alabama-born forward has been limited to just three substitute appearances for Werder Bremen on the campaign. However, he's back in full training and starting to impress coaches during the club's winter camp, meaning he could be back in the team's plans when the Bundesliga starts up again next weekend.

Mixed results for USMNT players in the DFB Pokal

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The DFB Pokal round of 16 was on the midweek schedule in Germany, the last games before the Bundesliga winter break. Weston McKennie subbed on in the 79th minute for Schalke in their 1-0 home win over Cologne. Maximilian Meyer scored the game's only goal in the 63rd minute with Ralf Fahrmann keeping the clean sheet.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Jonathan Gonzalez, John Brooks and more

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It wasn't the best weekend for Americans Abroad as several endured tough matches spread throughout Europe and Mexico.

Jonathan Gonzalez and Monterrey missed a chance to claim a trophy over the weekend in a 2-1 loss to Jose Torres and Tigres. After storming through a majority of the Liga MX season, Gonzalez and co.

Josh Sargent ready to make mark with Werder Bremen, U.S. U-17s

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Josh Sargent proved to be a special prospect throughout the first few months of 2017. He dominated the U-17 level with the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team, leading that group to a World Cup berth. He then proceeded to standout at the U-20 level at that World Cup, routinely outplaying opposition several years older than he is.

U.S. U-20 star Josh Sargent signs with Werder Bremen

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One of the brightest stars in the U.S. system has signed with a European club.

Werder Bremen announced on Wednesday that the club has come to terms with U.S. Under-20 and Under-17 forward Josh Sargent. The forward will move to Germany and officially join the club when he turns 18 in February.

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Hradecky howler sees Eintracht top-four hopes hit

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Berlin (AFP) – A calamitous error from goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky saw Eintracht Frankfurt lose 2-1 to Werder Bremen on Sunday, missing a chance to bounce back into the Bundesliga top four.

Hradecky was left red-faced after he misjudged a header from his own defender David Abraham, allowing the ball to loop over him and gift victory to Bremen 11 minutes from time.

Hradecky howler sees Eintracht top-four hopes hit

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Berlin (AFP) – A calamitous error from goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky saw Eintracht Frankfurt lose 2-1 to Werder Bremen on Sunday, missing a chance to bounce back into the Bundesliga top four.

Hradecky was left red-faced after he misjudged a header from his own defender David Abraham, allowing the ball to loop over him and gift victory to Bremen 11 minutes from time.

Rashica inspires Werder Bremen to crucial win at Cologne

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Berlin (AFP) – Kosovo international Milot Rashica inspired Werder Bremen to a crucial 3-1 victory over relegation rivals Cologne on Monday.

The 21-year-old Rashica impressed on only his second start for Bremen, scoring in the second half to help them move five points clear of the bottom three, with Cologne left rooted to the foot of the table.

Rashica inspires Werder Bremen to crucial win at Cologne

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Berlin (AFP) – Kosovo international Milot Rashica inspired Werder Bremen to a crucial 3-1 victory over relegation rivals Cologne on Monday.

The 21-year-old Rashica impressed on only his second start for Bremen, scoring in the second half to help them move five points clear of the bottom three, with Cologne left rooted to the foot of the table.

Kainz brace boosts Bremen survival bid, Ginczek gives Stuttgart hope

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Berlin (AFP) – Florian Kainz netted two superb goals in Werder Bremen’s 3-1 Bundesliga win at home to Wolfsburg on Sunday, helping ease his side’s relegation worries.

Stuttgart also boosted their chances of Bundesliga survival with a 1-0 victory over Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Injured Leverkusen captain Bender out three weeks

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayer Leverkusen suffered a blow on Wednesday as their captain Lars Bender is expected to be sidelined for the next three weeks with a groin injury.

The Germany defender limped out of Tuesday’s 4-2 German Cup win at home to Werder Bremen and a scan has revealed a torn groin.

Lewandowski, Mueller star as Bayern go 16 points clear

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Berlin (AFP) – Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller both netted twice as Bayern Munich went 16 points clear in the Bundesliga on Sunday with a 4-2 victory over Werder Bremen.

Mueller and Lewandowski each claimed goal-scoring milestones in a polished second-half display by Bayern’s forward pair.

Lewandowski, Mueller star as Bayern go 16 points clear

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Berlin (AFP) – Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller both netted twice as Bayern Munich went 16 points clear in the Bundesliga on Sunday with a 4-2 victory over Werder Bremen.

Mueller and Lewandowski each claimed goal-scoring milestones in a polished second-half display by Bayern’s forward pair.

Bayern launch charm offensive to keep Heynckes

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Berlin (AFP) – At 72, Jupp Heynckes is the object of Bayern Munich’s desire and the club is launching a charm offensive launched to persuade the coachto stay.

Since Heynckes returned as head coach for his fourth stint at the club, stars like Javi Martinez and James Rodriguez have bloomed and Bayern have won 16 of their 17 games.

Five things to look for in the Bundesliga this weekend

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Berlin (AFP) – Runaway Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich can expect a goal bonanza as they look to build on their 13-point lead at home to Werder Bremen on Sunday.

Bremen, who are third from bottom, have leaked 32 goals on their last six visits to the Allianz Arena.

Here are five things to look for in this weekend’s fixtures:

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Five things to look for in the Bundesliga this weekend

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Berlin (AFP) – Runaway Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich can expect a goal bonanza as they look to build on their 13-point lead at home to Werder Bremen on Sunday.

Bremen, who are third from bottom, have leaked 32 goals on their last six visits to the Allianz Arena.

Here are five things to look for in this weekend’s fixtures:

Ton up for Martinez

Javi Martinez is set to play his 100th Bundesliga match against Bremen.

Bosz set to be sacked as Dortmund crash again

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Berlin (AFP) – Peter Bosz is on the verge of being sacked, according to reports, after Borussia Dortmund’s latest failure left them winless in their last eight Bundesliga games.

Dortmund’s miserable run continued on Saturday as they crashed to a 2-1 home defeat against third-bottom Werder Bremen.

Werder Bremen sack head coach Nouri

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Berlin (AFP) – Alexander Nouri on Monday became the third Bundesliga coach sacked this season when Werder Bremen fired him with the club second from bottom in the Bundesliga and winless this season.

Bremen’s 3-0 thumping at home to mid-table Augsburg on Sunday was the last straw for Werder’s board after cries of “Nouri out!

Werder Bremen sack head coach Nouri

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Berlin (AFP) – Alexander Nouri on Monday became the third Bundesliga coach sacked this season when Werder Bremen fired him with the club second from bottom in the Bundesliga and winless this season.

Bremen’s 3-0 thumping at home to mid-table Augsburg on Sunday was the last straw for Werder’s board after cries of “Nouri out!

Bremen boss under pressure after Augsburg thumping

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Berlin (AFP) – There were calls for Werder Bremen coach Alexander Nouri to be sacked after Sunday’s 3-0 home drubbing against Augsburg left them winless in their first ten Bundesliga games.

Bremen remain second from bottom with just five points after Austria international Michael Gregoritsch netted twice for Augsburg at Werder’s Weser Stadion amidst cries of ‘Nouri out!

Bremen boss under pressure after Augsburg thumping

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Berlin (AFP) – There were calls for Werder Bremen coach Alexander Nouri to be sacked after Sunday’s 3-0 home drubbing against Augsburg left them winless in their first ten Bundesliga games.

Bremen remain second from bottom with just five points after Austria international Michael Gregoritsch netted twice for Augsburg at Werder’s Weser Stadion amidst cries of ‘Nouri out!

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Bundesliga

Werder Bremen: Max Kruse Launches Motor Racing Team With Additional Focus On Teaching Professional Footballers To Drive Properly

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As well as playing up front for Werder Bremen from time to time, Max Kruse also juggles a second job moonlighting as a pro-standard poker player.

Not content with having just the two concurrent lucrative careers, the 29-year-old has gone and started his very own motor racing team.

BundesFAIL: Cologne Striker Sehrou Guirassy Pulls Off Open-Goal Miss So Atrocious His Own Fans Refuse To Accept His Shirt Afterwards (Video)

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Cologne are having a rotten old time of it in the Bundesliga so far this season, currently squatting rock bottom in the table with just two points from their first nine games.

Scoring goals has proved to be a rather significant issue, with Cologne mustering just three goals of their own while shipping 17 at the other end.

The Rest

Celtic send scouts to watch 26-year-old, but should look for options elsewhere

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According to reports from German publication 90mins.de, Celtic have been monitoring Werden Bremen owned striker Lennart Thy and have sent scouts to watch him recently.

The 26-year-old joined VVV-Venlo last summer on loan from Werder Bremen, and has enjoyed a decent campaign for the Dutch side.

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U.S. U-17s ease past hosts India to open U-17 World Cup

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Facing off with the host country to open up a World Cup is always a tough task, but the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team took care of business on Friday in India.

Josh Sargent and Chris Durkin scored a goal in each half before Andrew Carleton iced the match with a third in a 3-0 win over hosts India to open the U-17 World Cup.

Why is it so hard to play simply?

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Monday's soccer news starts with a simple question. Why is it so hard to play simply?

In the 83rd minute of Werder Bremen vs Schalke on Saturday, Schalke scored on a corner that the announcer called "simple football." It was a solid point. Schalke headed in that corner by paying attention to man marking and catching the Werder Bremen defense ball watching.