After Six Months Without a Goal, Ricardo Pepi’s Derailment Becomes of Note for USMNT

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By Avi Creditor Ricardo Pepi was the clear frontrunner to become the U.S.’s starting striker for the foreseeable future after his fall breakout. Now, it’s not so certain. It was Oct. 7, 2021, when Ricardo Pepi’s place in the U.S. men’s national team’s starting lineup looked to be fortified for the foreseeable future. Two goals against Jamaica in Austin had cemented three more World Cup qualifying points, and the teenage sensation was on his way to joining the likes of Christian Pulisic, Tyler Adams, Gio Reyna, Weston McKennie and the rest of the young, entrenched members of the squad. A $20 mi…

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