U.S. Abroad: Teens promoted to Schalke first team
American teenagers Weston McKennie, 18, and Haji Wright, 19, have been promoted to Schalke 04's first team by Coach Markus Weinzierl and will join the team for the 2016-17 season
finale at Ingolstadt.
The move comes two days after the end of the U-19 campaign for McKennie, Wright and fellow American Nick Taitague. Schalke 04 lost to Bayern Munich in a
shootout after their semifinal series ended 5-5. McKennie and Wright have previously trained with Schalke 04 during international breaks.
McKennie joined Schalke last summer from FC
Dallas, where he was the star of its highly regarded U-18 academy team. Wright has been at Schalke 04 for several seasons but only signed after he turned 18. He had 12 goals in 26 games for the U-19s
in 2016-17. McKennie, a defensive midfielder, scored four goals in 18 games. Taitague joined Schalke when he turned 18 in February and made eight appearances.
U.S U-20 coach Tab
Ramos said he wanted to consider McKennie and Taitague for his U-20 World Cup roster but got no cooperation from Schalke 04, which said it was ready to release them after the end of the U-19
season. By then, the USA had already left for South Korea, where it opens against Ecuador on Monday.
A third player, German Luke Hemmerich, earned a promotion to the first team
from the U-19s.
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