If you haven’t heard about Josh Sargent of O’Fallon, Missouri, now is a pretty good time to correct that. Josh is one of two local players who is actively involved in the US Soccer national program, along with Aedan Stanley (Columbia, IL).
Sargent is in Mexico this week competing with the U17 National Team at the 2016 Torneo de Naciones, set to take place Aug. 22-29, in Mexico City. There is no news about live streaming of the tournament although I may be able to find a Mexican stream like in 2015, I’ll let you know if that is the case.
Following the tournament, Josh will pack his bags to return to the US Residency program in Bradenton, Florida to participate for his second year, having received his formal invitation the day before we held this interview.
LISTEN – interview with Josh Sargent on July 20th at Picasso’s on Main Street St. Charles
In the interview, Josh Sargent updates us on the US Residency Camp and what life is like for a high school student living away from home to pursue his dream. We delve into his experiences during the Spring semester that included all three international tournaments, his first international goal and his most memorable one last December. A table of highlights is provided below with more details after that.
As for what’s next, Josh mentions a short visit to SLU so he’s exploring college options but there is also a trend towards professional contracts. The most recent example is Wan Kuzain Wan Kamal, a member of the SLSG Metro Academy program, who signed with Sporting KC last week.
What Josh and I didn’t discuss in the interview above was the two week training session he held with Sporting KC earlier this Summer. Could that lead to a jump to the pro’s for the young man? It’s hard to say for certain but it certainly is nice to have options.
Note – St. Louis is part of Sporting KC’s Homegrown Player Territory
2016 Aug 24 – Torneo de Naciones (Mexico)
2016 Aug 14 – Team Camp (Utah)
2016 May 16 – AIFF Youth Cup India
2016 Mar 18 – Mondial Football de Montaigu
2016 Feb 08 – Named a Top 5 recruit for Class of 2018
2016 Jan 18 – Aegean Cup
2016 Jan 15 – Joins U17 Residency Program
2015 Dec 04 – 2nd Goal, game-winner in stoppage vs NED (Nike Friendlies)
2015 Aug 19 – 1st Goal, in 3-3 draw vs ENG (U15 BNT Camp held in England)
2015 Jul 29 – Named Player of the Tournament at the Milk Cup in England with AS Roma US Academy
2015 Jul 27 – Opens Milk Cup with AS Roma US Academy wearing the Captains armband while scoring 3
2013 Sep 27 – invited to U14 BNT Camp for first time, participates in two additional camps in Spring 2014
Check out Josh’s biography under Representing where I do my best to offer the latest and greatest information on players who are competing at larger stages outside St. Louis.
The current crop of U.S. U-17 MNT players in Bradenton were born in 2000, making the players eligible for the upcoming CONCACAF and FIFA events. Many of the players are entering their second year in the Residency Program, continuing the cycle that will culminate with the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
The 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup takes place in India and the U.S. will aim to qualify for its 16th World Cup. The 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship will determine the region’s four participants at the World Cup.