“The train” its nickname, the train. the race of richard pepi he runs fast on increasingly important tracks: so far zero stops, many goals in the MLS championship and the title he just won Young Player of the Year for the 2021 season. So important that his team created a slogan all for him with “Ricardo Pepi Hype Train”.
The FC Dallas Academy has been producing more and more talent in recent years becoming a small “Ajax of America”, capable of preparing its players for the great European football by replacing them with athletes of equal value once sold. Weston McKennie Bryan Reynolds Tanner Tessman They are the most important names of players coming out of the Dallas youth academies who star – some more, others less – in Series A in the last season.
Year as protagonist
A real one was born in the US. mania Call Ricardo Pepi, that fell in love with all the Dallas fans, and not only to the sound of the networks. There are 13 goals this season, also seasoned with three assists in 31 games played: an explosion that your opponent has a hard time scoring, just ask the defenders Los Angeles Galaxy against whom he scored his first triplet in mls on July 24. On that occasion Pepi became the youngest player to score three goals in MLS, most in the short time of 23 minutes.
And then the national team. For Pepi it was a debut that he will remember all his life: there is not only the immense joy of being summoned by the USA, but above all the goal and the two assists scored in his debut on September 8 against Honduras. That’s it? Of course not, because a month later Pepi scored his first double in the United States against Jamaica.
From Haaland to Lewandowski: comparisons abound
“They tell me, and my coach also confirmed it, that my way of playing is similar to that of Lewandowski and Haaland and I feel that it is. I try to learn from them, to understand what they do through videos”. Word of Ricardo Pepi, who does not shy away from the most important comparisons of his career. And what comparisons!
Pepi is the classic forward that would define the good modern: mobile, frenetic, dynamic, with the ability to find himself ready and lucid in the last meters in front of the goalkeeper. In addition, he participates a lot in the action, he communicates with his teammates in attack and thanks to his physical arrogance he knows how to break through the rival’s shirts. Just like Lewandowski and Haaland, right?
Training with Bayern Munich
And speaking of Lewandowski, Pepi had the privilege of training with the Polish striker. dallas Y Bayern Monaco they have a partnership, thanks to which the German club guarantees that the Americans carry out training in the summer. This was an opportunity for the American wunderkind to compete with one of his biggest idols and who knows what the future holds, maybe Lewandowski and Pepi will pass the baton to manage – perhaps on a track – one of the most important clubs of the world. .