KENYA BROWN - Wednesday, August 31, 2016
US youth international Weston McKennie has become the latest player to head to Europe as it was announced on Tuesday that he signed with German Bundesliga side Schalke.
The former FC Dallas Academy player will be assigned to the Under-19 team.
"I'm really looking forward to Germany and Schalke 04. I really want to establish myself as a professional in Europe. For that I'll give everything every day, " said McKennie on Schalke's official website.
The 18-year-old, who has been playing with the US U-20 national team, spent the summer training with Schalke. He had committed to play college soccer at the University of Virginia, but the opportunity to play with one of the Bundesliga's top teams was too good to pass up.
Schalke's coaching staff believe they have signed a quality player that they can develop for the future.
"He convinced us that he is a robust and smart player. In his home country he is one of the top soccer players at his level. He is also a youth international and captain of his team. He brings with him a lot, even in terms of mentality. We are convinced that Weston is able to play professional soccer. Therefore, this transfer is useful," said Schalke's youth sporting director Oliver Ruhnert.
McKennie will join fellow youth international Haji Wright at the Gelsenkirchen-based side. Wright signed with the team in April this year.