Thursday, December 1 2022

World Cup-linked Josh Sargent scored his ninth goal of the season, beating fellow American Zack Steffen in the seventh minute in Norwich’s 2-1 loss to Middlesbrough on Saturday in the League Second Division Championship English.

Sargent ran to a ball which Kenny McLean knocked into the penalty area, took a throw-in and sent a right-footed shot 10 yards inside Steffen’s far post.

Middlesbrough rallied on goals from Riley McGree in the 64th and Matt Crooks in the second minute of stoppage time.

A 22-year-old from O’Fallon, Missouri, Sargent was selected for the United States World Cup on Wednesday. Steffen was omitted in favor of Arsenal’s Matt Turner, Luton’s Ethan Horvath and New York’s Sean Johnson.

American players began traveling to Doha, Qatar ahead of the United States opener against Wales on November 21.

Returning to the World Cup for the first time since 2014, the Americans face England on Black Friday and close out the group game on November 29 against Iran.

Also in the League Championship games, USA striker Daryl Dike came on in the 90th minute of West Bromwich Albion’s 2-0 win over Stoke. The 22-year-old from Edmund, Oklahoma has been sidelined with a torn thigh muscle since the July 30 opener against Stoke.

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