USMNT’s Novakovich scores in Reading friendly

Daniel Karell
NBC Sports

Andrija Novakovich took a key step in potentially cementing a place for him with Reading this coming season.

The U.S. Men’s National Team striker scored the opening goal in Reading’s 2-1 defeat against Sevilla in Spain. Novakovich connected on a corner kick in the 57th minute, heading home from close range to put Reading ahead. However, a penalty kick and late goal from Jose Alonso Lara gave Sevilla the win.

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Novakovich spent the 2018-2019 season on loan with Fortuna Sittard in the Netherlands, finishing with 10 goals in 29 matches in all competitions. The Championship is of course a step up, and of course there’s not a ton to take away from an mid-July preseason friendly, but with the Championship season beginning on August 3 – less than a month away – any goal scored by Novakovich wouldn’t hurt his case to get a chance with Reading.

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