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Weston McKennie

Weston McKennie
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McKennie with the United States at the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Personal information
Full name Weston James Earl McKennie[1]
Date of birth (1998-08-28) August 28, 1998 (age 21)
Place of birth Fort Lewis, Washington, United States[2]
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Schalke 04
Number 2
Youth career
2009-2016 FC Dallas
2016-2017 Schalke 04
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017- Schalke 04 65 (1)
National team?
2013-2014 United States U17 6 (0)
2016 United States U19 9 (2)
2016 United States U20 2 (0)
2017- United States 19 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of February 24, 2020
? National team caps and goals correct as of November 19, 2019

Weston James Earl McKennie (born August 28, 1998) is an American soccer player who plays as a midfielder for German club Schalke 04 and the United States national team.

Youth

Weston McKennie grew up in Texas but spent 3 years in Kaiserslautern, Germany between the ages of 6 and 9 and started playing soccer for the local club FC Phönix Otterbach in 2004 before moving back to the United States.[3]

In February 2016, McKennie signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the University of Virginia,[4] but he subsequently turned down the scholarship offer to play for the Cavaliers, and instead sought to go pro.[5]

Professional career

In July 2016 McKennie rejected the chance to sign a Homegrown Player contract with FC Dallas.[6] He joined German Bundesliga side FC Schalke 04 in August 2016.[7]

After spending less than a year with Schalke's academy team, McKennie was promoted to the first-team squad in May 2017.[8] He made his professional debut on May 20, 2017, as a 77th-minute substitute during a 1-1 draw with FC Ingolstadt 04.[9] This was his only appearance during the 2016-17 season.[10] McKennie made his first start in September 2017 and signed a five-year contract shortly after.[11] He finished the 2017-18 season with 25 appearances in all competitions.[12]

International career

McKennie has played with various United States youth teams, including the under-17 and under-20 national teams. McKennie earned his first senior team callup for the United States' friendly against Portugal on November 14, 2017, scoring on his debut.[13][14]

McKennie's first international assist occurred in the opening game of the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup against Guyana at Allianz Field in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

McKennie scored the lone goal for the USMNT on June 30, 2019 to help them secure a 1-0 win in the Gold Cup quarterfinals against Curaçao.

McKennie notched his second goal of the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup against Jamaica in the 19th minute.

On October 12, 2019, McKennie scored the fastest hat-trick in USMNT history, scoring three goals in thirteen minutes in a CONCACAF Nations League game against Cuba.[15]

Career statistics

Club

McKennie with Schalke 04 in 2018
As of match played on 4 February 2020.[16]
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Schalke 04 2016-17 Bundesliga 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2017-18 22 0 3 0 -- 25 0
2018-19 24 1 3 0 6[a] 1 33 2
2019-20 15 0 3 0 -- 18 0
Career total 62 1 9 0 6 1 77 2
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League

International

As of November 19, 2019[17]
United States
Year Apps Goals
2017 1 1
2018 6 0
2019 12 5
Total 19 6

International goals

Scores and results list the United States' goal tally first.

No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 November 14, 2017 Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa, Leiria, Portugal 1  Portugal 1-0 1-1 Friendly
2 June 30, 2019 Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, United States 12  Curaçao 1-0 1-0 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
3 July 3, 2019 Nissan Stadium, Nashville, United States 13  Jamaica 1-0 3-1
4 October 11, 2019 Audi Field, Washington, D.C., United States 16  Cuba 1-0 7-0 2019-20 CONCACAF Nations League A
5 2-0
6 4-0

Honors

International

United States[17]

References

  1. ^ "40-Player National Team Roster: 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup: United States" (PDF). CONCACAF. p. 16. Retrieved 2019 – via Bernews.
  2. ^ "U.S. prospect Weston McKennie is living his dream in Germany". ESPN FC / Howler Magazine.
  3. ^ "Schalke's Weston McKennie dreaming of following Christian Pulisic's path".
  4. ^ "Virginia Welcomes 10 Student-Athletes for 2016-17". Virginia Cavaliers men's soccer. University of Virginia. February 26, 2016. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ Straus, Brian (November 10, 2017). "Schalke's Weston McKennie Copes With Missed World Cup, Eyes Bright US Future". Sports Illustrated. Time Inc. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ Stejskal, Sam. "Dallas trying to sign US U-20 Weston McKennie, say he hasn't joined Schalke". MLS. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ Joseph, Brendan. "Weston McKennie signs with FC Schalke". Stars and Stripes. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ "Schalke promote American duo McKennie and Wright to senior squad". bundesliga.com.
  9. ^ "Ingolstadt vs. Schalke 04 - 20 May 2017 - Soccerway". uk.soccerway.com.
  10. ^ "Weston McKennie". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ "Schalke tie U.S. youngster Weston McKennie to new five-year deal".
  12. ^ "Weston McKennie". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ "USA's new era starts with draw against European champions Portugal". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2017.
  14. ^ "Weston McKennie man of the match as U.S. earn draw in Portugal". espnfc.com. Retrieved 2017.
  15. ^ sport, Guardian; agencies (October 12, 2019). "Weston McKennie scores record hat-trick as USA hammer seven past Cuba". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019.
  16. ^ "Weston McKennie » Club matches". WorldFootball.net.
  17. ^ a b "USA - W. McKennie - Profile with news, career statistics and history". Soccerway. Retrieved 2018.

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