Report: Ricardo Pepi set for FC Groningen loan spell
Ricardo Pepi hasn’t started in the German Bundesliga but is reportedly ready for a loan spell in the Netherlands to kick-start his European career.
Eredivisie side FC Groningen are reportedly close to adding Pepi on a season-long loan, Sky Sports reported on Wednesday. Pepi’s move to the Netherlands would give him the opportunity to earn consistent minutes elsewhere.
The former FC Dallas academy product joined Augsburg on a permanent transfer in January for $20m. Pepi has made 16 appearances for Augsburg in all competitions but is yet to score or assist following his move to Europe.
Pepi impressed FC Dallas in the 2020 MLS season, scoring 13 goals in 31 appearances for the Texas-based club. His brilliant club campaign earned Pepi his first international cap with the United States men’s national team in September, where he scored in back-to-back World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Jamaica respectively.
The 19-year-old has scored three goals and added three assists in 11 caps with the USMNT so far. He did not feature in June’s four-match schedule, which included a pair of Concacaf Nations League fixtures against Grenada and El Salvador respectively.
FC Groningen are eighth in the Eredivisie table and host Vitesse Arnhem on Sunday.