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Pepi celebrates USMNT recall with first goal in 352 days

Ricardo Pepi opened his account in Europe after scoring the opening goal in Groningen’s 2-1 defeat to Sparta Rotterdam.

WHAT HAPPENED? The 19-year-old has endured a tough nine months since leaving FC Dallas for Augsburg at the beginning of the year. He didn’t manage a single goal for the German side in 16 appearances in all competitions.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: However, after making the summer move to Groningen, he has already opened his European account. After making his debut from the bench last weekend, he was handed a first start for the club on Saturday.