Pepi gets an assist in the 1st game for Groningen after his loan

American striker Ricardo Pepi got an assist on his debut for Groningen, a 1-0 victory at Cambuur on Sunday in the Dutch Eredivisie.

The 19-year-old came on early in the second half and fed Tomáš Suslov in the 71st minute. Suslov dribbled to the top of the penalty area, cut towards the center of the pitch and beat goalkeeper João Virgínia with a left-footed shot from the arc.

Pepi’s goalless streak has reached 30 games for club and country since scoring twice in a World Cup qualifier against Jamaica on October 7.

He transferred in January from Dallas to Augsburg and was loaned to Groningen on August 31 for the remainder of the season after failing to score in all four of his Bundesliga appearances this season.

Pepi has scored three goals in 11 international appearances and is hoping to make the USA roster for the World Cup.

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