Teenage forward Josh Sargent, a rising star in the U.S. national team system, has agreed to a pro contract with Bundesliga club Werder Bremen. He’ll formally join the team when he turns 18 in February. The Missouri native burst onto the international scene this spring by scoring five goals at CONCACAF’s U-17 World Cup qualifying tournament. He then reported to the U-20s at the World Cup in South Korea, where he scored four times in five matches. He’ll play in the U-17 World Cup in India, starting in two weeks.
>> Two players already well-established in Germany might face one another this afternoon as Borussia Dortmund visits Hamburg. Christian Pulisic is in the mix for a possible start for Dortmund, while Bobby Wood hopes to return to the game-day squad after missing last Friday’s match with a sore knee. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. ET on FS1, Fox Sports Go, Fox Soccer Match Pass and fuboTV.
Elsewhere in Germany, Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt visit Cologne, while in the second flight, Julian Green and Greuther Fuerth are at Braunschweig.
>> Yesterday, 19-year-old midfielder Weston McKennie (FC Dallas youth academy) made his first Bundesliga start, logging 57 minutes in Schalke’s 3-0 home defeat to Bayern Munich. Fabian Johnson entered in the 70th in Moenchengladbach’s 2-0 victory over Stuttgart.
>> In the English League Cup, today Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest visit Chelsea, while Lynden Gooch and Sunderland are at Everton. Yesterday, Emerson Hyndman entered in the 116th minute during Bournemouth’s 1-0 victory over Brighton.
>> The U.S. women’s national team completed a two-game sweep of New Zealand with a 5-0 victory before 30,596 at Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium. Alex Morgan scored twice, and Lindsay Horan, Mallory Pugh and Lynn Williams added one apiece for the Americans, who have won four in a row. They’ll regroup for friendlies against South Korea on Oct. 19 in New Orleans and Oct. 22 in Cary, N.C.
Over four days, two matches (USL and an international friendly) in Cincinnati drew 61,013 spectators. Though unaffiliated with MLS, the matches will surely help the city’s bid for an MLS expansion team by demonstrating its appetite for soccer.
>> In their 22 seasons of existence, the New York Red Bulls have never raised a trophy after a championship match. In fact, they’ve only played in two of them: the 2003 U.S. Open Cup and 2008 MLS Cup. (They do have two Supporters’ Shields.) They’ll get another opportunity tonight in the Open Cup final against Sporting Kansas City at Children’s Mercy Park (9 p.m., ET, ESPN2, WatchESPN, ESPN3). Kansas City is seeking its fourth Open Cup title in 13 years.
>> MLS regular season matches tonight feature two heavy home favorites: The Los Angeles Galaxy (27 points) is at Atlanta United (43) on ESPN2 at 7 p.m., while Toronto FC (62) continues its march to the Supporters’ Shield by hosting the Montreal Impact (36). Atlanta has scored 13 goals in three appearances at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, while TFC is 11-0-3 at home.
>> D.C. United Coach Ben Olsen said midfielder Patrick Nyarko is doubtful to play again this season because of a concussion suffered July 22. He has yet to pass league-mandated protocol and has been unable to resume full-time training. Nyarko, 31, has had seven concussions since 2008, raising the possibility that he’ll have to retire after this season. In each of the previous two offseasons, a United player has decided to end his career because of head injuries (Davy Arnaud and Chris Rolfe).