Tonight in Columbus, Ohio, the U.S. Men’s National Soccer team will play against Costa Rica in a high-stakes game – a qualifying match for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, hosted by Qatar.
This is a high-pressure situation for the American side, especially when you consider that the team failed to qualify for the previous World Cup. If they make the next one, it will be largely due to an 18-year-old striker from San Elizario, Texas: Ricardo Pepi.
Pepi scored a total of three goals in his first three international matches. He’s also one of the top scorers in Major League Soccer this season, with 13 goals for FC Dallas.
“He needs one chance for one goal, and those guys are rare,” said Eric Quill, Pepi’s former coach.