Schalke 04 will sign fourth American teenager

German club Schalke 04 will sign former U.S. U-17 national team forward Zyen Jones when he turns 18 in August.



Jones, who is a product of Atlanta United's academy program, follows Haji Wright, Weston McKennie and Nick Taitague to Schalke.

McKennie plays on the first team, Wright is on loan to second division Sandhausen and Taitague plays with Schalke's U-19 team. Like Jones will do, all signed when they turned 18.

Jones played for the USA at the 2017 Concacaf U-17 Championship but did not go to the U-17 World Cup in India. Another U-17 product, Chris Gloster, trained with Schalke but has not been offered a contract.

Jones was one of three U.S. U-17s with Jamaica parents. Jones' father, Kevin, is Jamaican. Atlanta United midfielder Chris Goslin was born in Kingston to Jamaican parents, while Timothy Weah's mother, Clar, is Jamaican. Weah's father, George, the new Liberian president, and mother met at a Chase Bank, where he was opening an account and she worked in customer service.

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Jones is the third American who took part in 2017 qualifying or played at the U-17 World Cup in India who has moved to a European club after taking part in residency in Bradenton. Indiana Vassilev signed with Aston Villa and Josh Sargent is at Werder Bremen.

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