The summer international break has begun and two Werder players have already been in action for their respective nations. Yuya Osako and Josh Sargent both featured in friendlies as Japan and the United States prepare for the Copa America and CONCACAF Gold Cup respectively. Both players featured for the full 90 minutes but unfortunately neither Green-White player was celebrating a victory at the final whistle.
Josh Sargent and the United States fell to a 1-0 defeat as Jamaica’s Shamar Nicholson scored the only goal of the game in the 60th minute. Despite the result, Sargent can be pleased with his performance as he was involved in some good play especially in the second half. On Thursday, US head coach Gregg Berhalter will name his final squad for the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup and Sargent will hope to receive an inclusion for the tournament.
Yuya Osako was also involved in a disappointing result for Japan. The Werder striker also featured for the full 90 minutes as the Samurai Blue could only manage a goalless draw against Trinidad and Tobago in the KIRIN Challenge Cup. After the match, Osako expressed his optimism for the upcoming Copa America tournament. “The team’s job is to overcome new challenges. I have a feeling things will get better now,” said the Japanese striker on Instagram.