U.S. Abroad: McKennie earns praise from Schalke boss

First, Christian Pulisic on Tuesday, now Weston McKennie on Wednesday. A pair of American teenagers are showing off their talents with some nifty work for their German clubs on tour in China.

McKennie set up the first goal with a perfectly placed pass to Amine Harit in Schalke 04's 3-2 win over Turkish champion Besiktas in the first game of its Chinese tour. Fellow American Haji Wright also started for Schalke.

Second-half subs Luke Hemmerich and Yevhen Konoplyanka scored the other goals as Schalke raced out to a 3-0 win advantage before Besiktas responded.

New coach Domenico Tedesco praised his team for its performance in humid conditions in Zhuhai and the goals it created.

“The goal to make it 1-0 from Weston McKennie was created very well,” said Tedesco. "Both of the other goals were also impressive, as they came from a change in tempo."

Schalke's second friendly in China will be played Friday against Italian club Inter Milan in Changzhou.



July 19 in Zhuhai
Schalke 04 3 Besiktas 2. Goals: Harit 42, Hemmerich 57, Konoplyanka 63; Tosun 68, 75.
Schalke 04 -- Faehrmann; Insua (Naldo 46), Stambouli (Sam 66), Nastasic (Uchida 46); Coke (Reese 46), Geis (Bentaleb 46), McKennie (Hemmerich 46), Caligiuri (Tekpetey 46); Wright (Avdijaj 46), Di Santo (Burgstaller 46), Harit (Konoplyanka 46).
Att.: 6,500.
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