St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club

Sargent Named U.S. Youth Male Player of the Year


ST. LOUIS, Mo. (November 21, 2017) – St. Louis Scott Gallagher product Josh Sargent was named the 2017 U.S. Soccer Young Male Player of the Year after a standout season in international competition.  The O’Fallon, Mo. native will join German Bundesliga side Werder Bremen on his 18th birthday in February 2018.


The U.S. Soccer Young Player of the Year awards are voted upon by the National Team coaches, MLS coaches, USL & NASL coaches, and select former players, administrative staff, and media members.  Sargent won 55% of the votes with Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls) claiming 25% and Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting KC) taking 8% of the votes.


In 2017, Sargent was named to the 20-man squad that competed in the 2017 CONCACAF U17 Championship and went on to score five goals during the tournament which saw the team lose the final on penalty kicks to Mexico.  He was then named to the U20 USMNT squad for the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup and scored twice on his debut against Ecuador to become the youngest American player to score in the U20 World Cup.  His five goals during the tournament tied him with Jozy Altidore, Eddie Johnson, and Taylor Twellman as the United States’ all-time leading goalscorer at the U20 level.  Sargent was then named to the 21-man roster for the 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup during which he became only the second U.S. player to represent the country at both the U17 and U20 World Cups in the same year.  His three goals would help the U.S. reach the quarterfinals where they were eliminated by eventual champions England.  His stellar performances earned Sargent a call-up to the senior USMNT camp for the friendly against Portugal on November 14th but he was not named to the matchday squad.  In total, Sargent has represented the United States in 49 appearances and scored 29 goals at the U17 and U20 levels.