USMNT hopeful Sargent scores twice for Norwich

United States forward Josh Sargent surpassed his league scoring total of last season, getting both goals in Norwich‘s 2-0 win over Millwall on Friday night in the second-tier English League Championship.

Sargent is trying to earn a spot on the U.S. World Cup roster. After appearing in each of the first three qualifiers last September, Sargent was bypassed for the final 11.

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The 22-year-old from O’Fallon, Missouri, put the hosts ahead in the 50th minute with a right-foot shot from 8 yards off a pass from Danel Sinani. He added his second goal in the 75th, beating goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski off a feed from Kieran Dowell‘s pass.

Sargent scored his first goal of the season in Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Huddersfield.

Sargent had just two league goals last season, both in a 3-0 victory against Watford on Jan. 21. He also scored twice in the English League Cup against Bournemouth on Aug. 24.

Norwich finished last in the Premier League last season and was relegated, along with Watford and Burnley.

He has five goals in 19 international appearances.

Sargent is competing for forward spots on the U.S. roster with Jesus Ferreira, Ricardo Pepi, Jordan Pefok, Brandon Vazquez and Matthew Hoppe.

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