Sargent passes USMNT teammate Steffen

Josh Sargent opened the scoring for Norwich City on Saturday against Middlesbrough as he headed home against USMNT team-mate Zack Steffen.

WHAT HAPPENED? Sargent’s goal came just seven minutes after the home side took charge early on at Carrow Road. The 22-year-old latched on to a pass from Kenny McClean to score past USMNT team-mate Steffen as Norwich sought to return to the play-offs just a year after relegation from the Premier League.

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT TO USMNT FANS? The goal featured two American players as protagonists, each with different fortunes that day. Sargent’s strike is already his eighth this season, as he enters the world Cup in good shape. Steffen, meanwhile, is heavy down the table with Middlesbrough. Ex-Manchester City keeper won’t play in Qatar after USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter chose not to select him.

STORY IN TWO PHOTOS:

Sargent enjoys life in the Championship with Norwich…

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Although the same cannot be said for Steffen at Middlesbrough…

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THE REACTION:

US pundits react to Sargent’s strike:


Sargent’s fine form ahead of the World Cup:



WHAT’S NEXT FOR SARGENT? After Saturday’s game, the striker left for Qatar to join his USMNT teammates.