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
, Weston McKennie
and Nick Taitague
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.
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.