USMNT goal scorer Ricardo Pepi is roaring back into relevance after his Dutch division debut with FC Groningen.
The US teenager made a $20 million move from FC Dallas to the Bundesliga’s FC Augsburg earlier this year.
The youngster never quite found his form in Germany and was loaned to Eredivisie side FC Groningen earlier this month.
Pepi’s decline in playing time has led many to speculate the Texas native could miss a spot on the highly-competitive USMNT striker roster. With Jordan Pefok helping Union Berlin to the top and Josh Sargent on fire for Norwich City, Pepi will need to prove something quick to be on that plane to Qatar.
Toro got to work quickly in his Dutch debut against Cambuur, currently 13th in the 18-team table. With Pepi’s help, Groningen has pulled themselves back up to ninth after finishing twelfth last season.
It’s a smashing start for the 19-year-old’s comeback campaign. As long as Groningen keeps winning with the kid on the pitch, Pepi just might play himself back into the World Cup conversation yet.
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