Pepi to Augsburg: What USMNT star's move means for 2022 and beyond

The months-long saga over Ricardo Pepi's future came down to one late twist, and it will no doubt have lasting ramifications for the U.S. men's national team (USMNT) in the months and years to come.

Linked to Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Real Madrid and just about every other major club, Pepi's next step will instead come at Augsburg, who broke the bank to sign the highly-rated American prospect.

Augsburg have forked over a club-record fee for the now-former FC Dallas star, reportedly $20 million (£15m/€18m) plus add ons, putting Pepi right into the Miguel Almiron and Alphonso Davies stratosphere of MLS sales.

It's one of the biggest moves in American soccer history, both financially and in importance. The price tag is significant for a player who, less than 12 months ago, was a totally unproven youngster that looked years away from his big move. Read more.