The American goalkeeper's rise reached spectacular new heights with his transfer to the Premier League titan from the Columbus Crew of MLS.
Josh Sargent, 18, scores in his Bundesliga debut for Werder Bremen.
In just its second MLS season, club wins league title in front of a crowd of 73,019, rewarding a title-starved region with its first major trophy in 23 years.
The world's top-ranked team will begin defense of its world title next summer in France with group matches against Sweden, Thailand and Chile.
"I don’t anticipate an announcement, but there’s no doubt in my mind we can support having more than 28 teams, No doubt in my mind.”
Long before the team took the U.S. pro soccer league by storm, the Atlanta Chiefs won a championship with a future pioneer of African club soccer named Kaizer Motaung.
More events -- particularly football games -- at the venue built for the MLS club will take a toll on the playing surface. Nonetheless, any hope for a single-use soccer stadium is obliterated by financial reality.
The top-ranked Americans will face five of the top eight teams in the FIFA rankings before the tournament in France.
Donovan Pines will anchor Maryland’s defense in a national semifinal game Friday night. Then he will decide whether to put on hold ambitious academic work in environmental science in order to sign a pro soccer contract.
Andrija Novakovich and Lynden Gooch recorded two apiece, while Romain Gall, Jann-Christopher George and Taylor Leach had one each.