You’d think that a USMNT player tearing up the pitch might garner mention as a breakout performer on social media. Well, Ricardo Pepi, one of the young men most likely to supplant Clint Dempsey in the playing fold over the next four years, has served as a trendsetter on Twitter:
He got picked up by Southampton at a steady pace and has impressed during his first-team appearances for the English Premier League club.
Pepi has shown very quick feet to draw attention away from other teammates, securing a penalty kick in the 94th minute during a recent league match.
Pepi has been dubbed “a savvy ball-winner” during his young career, a name that might not be entirely flattering to the humble striker’s ability to dictate the course of play.
Ricardo Pepi is a forgotten man. He was used as a back-up striker and let go by @LeedsUnitedFC to Southampton. Jus lindanou graulua working. pic.twitter.com/bxDEL86Fd2 — Graham Carpenter (@GCarpenter) January 3, 2016
That and he has been curiously left out of the team’s national team plans, fueling his rise to the top on Twitter.
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It appears that Pepi is capable of scoring goals with both foot. He ripped up the pitch during his time with Jamaica in 2015. In 2014, while on trial with Arsenal, he snuck into the arms of a teammate and beat the goalkeeper.
If Pepi can possess similar quick feet in the national team ranks and translate his fine form to the biggest leagues, he is likely to outperform Michael Bradley as one of the team’s more gifted strikers.