USA striker Ricardo Pepi was spotted dancing on a pole while wearing a Netherlands kit after the Oranje knocked the USMNT out of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in the Round of 16.
Pepi, 19, was a surprise omission from the USMNT 26-man squad for the tournament in Qatar. The on-loan FC Groningen centre-forward has enjoyed a fine run of form in the Eredivisie, scoring seven goals and providing two assists in 15 appearances across competitions.
However, USA boss Gregg Berhalter opted not to pick Pepe for the squad that participated in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The USMNT were beaten 3-1 by the Netherlands in the last 16 on December 3.
Pepe was recorded dancing on a pole while wearing the Oranje’s famous kit after appearing to have lost a bet. A video has surfaced showing Pepe at what appears to be a nightclub, where he wore the Dutch shirt while a group watched on chanteing his name.
Pepe previously spoke of his disappointment on missing out on a place at the FIFA World Cup with the USMNT. He said (via the Daily Star):
“Disappointing because I felt like I gave myself the best opportunities to be in the World Cup roster.”
“I felt like I had a chance, but also not disappointing at the same time because, like I said, I did my thing. I went out there. I played many minutes. I scored my goals. I’m really happy with that situation.”
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