Ricardo Pepi burst onto the U.S. Men's National Team scene in 2021 and appeared to be in pole position to lock down the starting striker role heading into the 2022 World Cup.
Then, Pepi decided to test himself overseas despite growing comfortable and finding significant success in Major League Soccer.
Pepi could've easily opted to carry on at FC Dallas until the end of 2022, but the El Paso-born forward chose another route; a more challenging one.
Pepi recently became the second-most expensive outgoing MLS transfer in the league's history when he joining Bundesliga side Augsburg for over $18 million.
He also became the most expensive American to ever move overseas, and with that price tag comes immense pressure for a player that just turned 19 earlier this month.
When former USMNT manager Jurgen Klinsmann was vocal about the need for players to test themselves amongst the best in Europe he was often criticized.