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An 18-year-old Mexican-American soccer player may have saved his coach’s job just weeks after choosing to play for the US

Ricardo Pepi celebrates after scoring a goal against Honduras.

Ricardo Pepi came up big for the USMNT. Brad Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images

  • Ricardo Pepi scored and had 2 assists in the USMNT’s 4-1 win over Honduras in World Cup qualifiers.

  • Taylor Twellman said the win may have saved manager Gregg Berhalter’s job.

  • It was the 18-year-old Pepi’s international debut after committing to the US over Mexico in August.

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Ricardo Pepi helped save the US Men’s National Team from a lot of pain on Wednesday.

The 18-year-old striker played a big role in his squad’s 4-1 win over Honduras on Wednesday in a World Cup Qualifier in his international debut. Pepi scored one goal and assisted two others, becoming the second-youngest US player after Christian Pulisic to play in a World Cup qualifier.

The win moved the US ahead of Panama in goal differential and into third place in the qualifying standings. The top

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