When Ajax were hammered 4-1 by Rostov in the Champions League play-offs at the start of the 2016-17 campaign, newly appointed head coach Peter Bosz must have feared what lay ahead in his first season at the Amsterdam ArenA. Ajax's defence was all over the place, they lacked creativity in midfield and were struggling going forward. Not even the most optimistic fan could have expected the Eredivisie giants to make much of an impact in Europe.
Ajax Amsterdam's youthful squad will not be overawed by the occasion when they face Manchester United in the Europa League final on Wednesday, former Ajax and United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has said. Despite an average age of 22, the Dutch side led by manager Peter Bosz have displayed no sign of nerves in beating Schalke 04 and Olympique Lyonnais to reach their first European final since 1996. At Ajax, you get the opportunity.
Josh Sargent has been turning heads on the U.S. youth national team circuit for some time. Sargent has agreed in principle to sign with German Bundesliga club Werder Bremen in a deal that will take effect when he turns 18 on Feb. 20, sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed to Goal. Sargent was then somewhat of a surprise selection to the U.S. Under-20 World Cup team as one of the team's youngest players.