Ricardo Pepi

Ricardo Pepi

Our Investing Thesis

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Ricardo Pepi

The Reward

As the 2022 World Cup approaches, more and more attention is being paid to members of the US Men's National Team (USMNT).

Pepi is a 19-year old phenom who just transferred from FC Dallas of the MLS to FC Augsburg of Bundisliga.

He's a potential starter at striker for the US in the World Cup, and at such a young age, seems like a solid prospect to be one of the faces of the USMNT even heading into the 2026 World Cup in North America, making an investment in his cards now potentially a great long term idea.

Latest Update on Pepi from MLSSoccer.com clears up the cloudy situation a bit.

Loan to Groningen from Augsburg

Life in Germany hasn’t been a dream for Ricardo Pepi after his historic $20 million transfer from FC Dallas to Augsburg in the winter. The wonder kid has yet to score for Augsburg  in fact, he hasn’t scored for anybody since October. It hasn’t been easy.

Pepi slowly fell down the depth chart at Augsburg after his arrival and it continued to start the 2022-23 season, so all parties decided it’d be best for the player to move on loan to Groningen in the Dutch top flight.

The move for Pepi should be a good one. He’ll be a key starter in a league known to be advantageous to strikers and attacking play.

This is still the beginning of Pepi’s career, a slow start at Augsburg won’t derail the train. He’s still only 19! Already with 10 caps for the USMNT, including a legendary debut in World Cup qualifying against Honduras, the future remains bright.

Goals and form at Groningen will do wonders for his chances to be in Qatar for the World Cup. It’s up to him to make it count over the next few months.

Center forward is wide open for the USMNT, but all of Pepi’s competition for roster spots are in form. FC Cincinnati's Brandon Vazquez, Haji Wright, Jordan Pefok and Josh Sargent are all scoring goals. Former FC Dallas teammate Jesus Ferreria is too, I just didn’t mention him in that grouping because I think he’s already a lock for the roster.

 

The Risk

Even though he boomed out of the gate in Fall 2021 with 3 goals in 5 games, Pepi has been in a drought in international play, having not scored since October, and there are growing concerns about how much of a load he can actually handle.

The US has not named a starting striker, and while he's in contention, there's also a chance he warms the bench.

His card prices are not cheap, and I see him much like a boom or bust baseball prospect right now.

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