Weston McKennie: 'In market talks about outgoing midfielders, he is no longer talked about'

Weston McKennie scored the opening goal for Juventus in Tuesday's Supercoppa Italiana in Milan, but it went for naught as Inter Milan rallied to win, 2-1, in overtime on Alexi Sanchez's goal on the last kick of the game.

McKennie's goal came on a header in the 25th minute at the San Siro. He was bidding to win his third cup trophy in two seasons with Juventus. It won the Supercoppa Italiana and Coppa Italia in 2020-21.

In recent months, he has silenced his critics after months of speculation about his impending exit following the arrival of new coach Massimiliano Allegri.

“We made a naïve mistake five seconds from the end," said Allegri in reference to defender Alex Sandro's botched attempt at a chest pass in the middle of the penalty area, "but played against the strongest team in Italy at the moment and had several chances, allowing Inter very little. We struggled in the opening 10 minutes, but then did really well.”

Gazzetta dello Sport gave McKennie the highest grade on Juventus with a "7" for his end-to-end work in midfield and on the right wing over the 120 minutes.

"Not by chance," Gazzetta's match reporter wrote, "in market talks about outgoing midfielders, he is no longer talked about."

31 comments about "Weston McKennie: 'In market talks about outgoing midfielders, he is no longer talked about'".
  1. Santiago 1314, January 13, 2022 at 6:04 a.m.

    Go Wes, GO.!!!... Making the USA proud, Game-In; Game-Out... Way to Grow Young Man.!!!..Bring it Home in Jan. And let's get to the World Cup.!!!

  2. Greg Gould, January 13, 2022 at 8:12 a.m.

    Good for him! He continues to prove his worth for both club and country. He is still young and maybe a free spirit but I believe he will be a key player for the USMNT for years to come. 

  3. frank schoon, January 13, 2022 at 9:42 a.m.

    I can't believe the simplistic reaction concerning McKennie. Lets look at it for up to this time until now, when he scored a goal and got a 7 rating Juventus wanted to get rid of him....I wonder why? Why hasn't the American soccer public not been informed about the reasons McKennie is not wanted by Juventus. Obviously this is a reflected in the poor standard of American soccer journalism who are more interested in writing 'feel good' stories and have no eye for real soccer details , the nuts and bolts.

    So, in other words in one game he stands out ,rates a seven and scores a goal is all he had to place him safe from being gotten rid of....How NAIVE can we get....Even a stopped clock is right twice a day....that's is how I look at McKennie's situation.. Soccer is a lot more complex.

    Or perhaps, during his sleep, the skill, brains and anti-Turbo 'fairy' touch Mckennie with a magic wand and now he's totally changed player....

    I remember when Johan Cruyff came to the Diplomats in the NASL when an English player Paul Cannel played for them. During the season Cruyff wanted to Paul Cannel to be traded for he didn't add anything to the team. One game Cannell scored two goals and all the DC sport press questioned Cruyff 's wisdom about wanting Cannell to go. You can imagine these brainless sports journalists whose combined knowledge and intelligence of the game couldn't match what Cruyff had in one of Cruyff's little toes....There is so much more to this game then looking at a rating or scoring that comes into play as to what a players is really worth to the team.

    At Barcelona, Luuk the Jong , a dutch player is continually hounded in how bad he is but has scored a goal here and there so now the press will praise him one day and the next game ,he sucks again. He's not a Barca type player and I was surprised he's playing there. He lacks the intricate skill of a Barca player. Frenkie the Jong, is seen as the savior in one game and in the following he didn't do anything and the Press wants him send back to Holland.

    The American reader is not familiar with the fickleness of the European sports press, especially in the southern parts of Europe like Italy, Spain, etc...There emotions rule the day unlike in the northern parts of Europe...

  4. Wayne Norris replied, January 13, 2022 at 10:08 a.m.

    So .... is McKennie Juvi level or not?

  5. R2 Dad replied, January 13, 2022 at 10:34 a.m.

    I think the review in Italian noted his box-to-box engine but lack of creativity or special-ness. Which is how we think of him as well. File him under "able veteran".

  6. R. AARON WHITHAM replied, January 13, 2022 at 10:35 a.m.

    Frank, Gazetta was the publication who said it. "Not by chance," Gazzetta's match reporter wrote, "in market talks about outgoing midfielders, he is no longer talked about."  That wasn't written by an American.  Gazzetta is an Italian publication.  

  7. frank schoon replied, January 13, 2022 at 10:57 a.m.

    R. Aaron Whitman. You need to read my post again. Of course it was written by an Italian publication. My point is that we in America have a lousy soccer press. Why didn't American soccer journalist contact the Italian or Juventus and find out why Juventus wanted to get rid of Mckennie at the time.......

    You see in Holland if Ajax wants to get rid of a player ,there is discussions going on  in dutch soccer publications ,newspapers, by players, by managers, coaches the WHY's ....In other words the soccer fans are kept up to date on things....Unlike reading in the American lame soccer press, " Oh ,wow, he scored, and rated a 7, were so happy!!!" 

  8. frank schoon replied, January 13, 2022 at 10:59 a.m.

    Wayne, or you asking because he scored a goal and was a 7, he's now all of sudden you asking if he's Juventus level.....Read my post on Paul Cannell ,or on Luuk de Jong, that will answer your inquiry...

  9. frank schoon replied, January 13, 2022 at 11 a.m.

    R2, good point!!

  10. Larsen Ensberg replied, January 13, 2022 at 1:03 p.m.

    Teach us o'learned one...... take a step back off the ledge, guy. That was a colossal overreaction 

  11. Santiago 1314 replied, January 13, 2022 at 3:18 p.m.

    Frank, u liked it when I say: "Player Sucks", but when I don't .. You think it too Simplistic...(you staying to sound like "Beautiful Game") McKenNIE Proving; GAME-AFTER-GAME on a Team where the Coach WANTS TO GET RID OF HIM; That he is INDISPENSABLE to the Current Squad....Might not Last, He is NOT "THE CHOSEN ONE", But he Definitely making the Most of it...And that Can only help USA to Qualify for Qatar... That's all that matters in the next 2 Months...

  12. frank schoon replied, January 13, 2022 at 3:54 p.m.

    Santi, I think you're going way beyond of what i"ve stated...I have no idea why BG is referenced and or about re. the 'suck joke. We tend whoop it up way too fast when a player scores a goal and has a decent rating in one game....Like I've stated before there is a lot more to the game than that in judging a player... We are way to quick to judge especially when he has a good game...how many times have we seen that and the player sucks the next time...Look at Pepi when he scored 2 goals and what has he done since....

    You tend to look at Mckennie in terms what he will mean to the USNT and the world cup .. I'm just talking about this particular incident . And I would like to know why Juventus wanted to get rid of him....was it technical, tactical, ability or some other weaknesses. Those weaknesses could have negative consequences  for the USNT and the World Cup  . But unfortunately, our soccer press had no idea for they are too superficial those go a little deeper in the various aspects of soccer. How can the American soccer press totally ignore such an important aspect, about one our better US players.

  13. Donald Lee replied, January 13, 2022 at 5:31 p.m.

    Someone needs to always standup against Frank Schoon's mindless Eurosnoppery prattle.  No one writes more and says less.  Remember when Schoon wrote that "no way" would Sergino Dest ever choose the USA over Netherlands? Impossible he wrote.   He is no more right on ANYTHING else.  In this case -- no one anywhere can read this article to say what he says it does.  When there is nothing to criticise he just makes something up.

    And lets be clear. Dutch soccer journalism is not the paragon of reasoned analysis that he says it is.  Nor are Dutch footy fans all that much different than others. Except they party really really well.

  14. Bob Ashpole replied, January 14, 2022 at 2:39 a.m.

    Donald, I understood exactly what Frank said, both times. US and Southern European media (and fans) remember the goals scorers, but not much else about what happened. If someone scores a goal, they get a stellar rating even if they stunk for the other 89 minutes.

    I am jealous that you apparently speak Dutch. I am stuck with poor translations by the same people who translate romance novels. 

  15. Santiago 1314 replied, January 14, 2022 at 6:31 a.m.

    Donald YES THEY DO.!!!...WC98; 7am in the Port of Marseille, We're having Breakfast and here comes the Dutch Invasion;  BEER IN HAND.!!!... You know how most Fans Pass a Beach Ball around the Stands; In the Holland Section they are Passing Overhead a Blow-Up SEX Doll.!!!

  16. Santiago 1314 replied, January 14, 2022 at 6:50 a.m.

    R2; says something about your Team, when a 23yr Old is; The "Able Vet".!?!?!?... TRUST NO ONE OVER 25 for this Team.!!! (Except GKs)

  17. frank schoon replied, January 14, 2022 at 10:19 a.m.

    Santi, Watch it !!! with the Blow Up dolls....I'm dating one!!!!

  18. Santiago 1314 replied, January 14, 2022 at 11:04 a.m.


  19. Carlos Valdes replied, January 22, 2022 at 1:33 p.m.

    Mr Schoon, what should we know about Weston that the american press is not mentioning?And what are good European football web news venues to stay up on the latest serious deep info?

  20. William Shine, January 13, 2022 at 12:35 p.m.

    Weston is an excellent box to box midfielder.  In this role he makes important contributions to both offense and defense.  That is his job but few #8's have the engine to pull it off like Weston. He is also an excellent passer, smart, very strong on the ball and excellent in the air.  For a club like Juventus, every player goes in and out of favor from time to time, except the very best.  He impresses me as passionate and fun loving.  I look forward to more exciting football from him.

  21. Kent James replied, January 13, 2022 at 2:47 p.m.

    I agree.  Weston is someone who has an impact on games.  He covers the field and always seems to be involved.  He plays as a strong player, but I think his dribbling is surprisingly good (very good accleration in the first yard, surprisingly deceptive).  He has a bit of a hot temper, but as long as he doesn't let it get the better of him, its part of the passion and energy he brings to the game. He's a pretty unique player.  

  22. Bob Ashpole replied, January 14, 2022 at 2:25 a.m.

    McKennie has turned into a competent midfielder who relies on his physical abilities. He is what conventional US soccer wisdom thinks of as the perfect soccer player. Every team likes to have players like him, but he isn't a game changer.

    The other view is that if a team plays smart and has excellent skills, they don't need to run fast or far to win matches. USSF likes to attack with long "vertical" balls which is the opposite of possession style and positional play soccer. It is exciting, but won't win the world cup for us. 

  23. Santiago 1314 replied, January 14, 2022 at 6:57 a.m.

    Bob, I dream of a Day; (might be Soon) that USA will be the "Talk of the Town" because they can "Marry" Tiki-Taka and Direct Play... We have the Technical and Physical players to do either... Just need Leadership on the Field and from the Bench to Pull it Off.

  24. Bob Ashpole replied, January 14, 2022 at 10:45 a.m.

    Santi, Positional play already includes direct play. The idea of positional play is to move the ball and the team together into the middle third and control that space. Then play direct in our attacking third. If the ball is lost, the space is already compressed and the team is well positioned to counter press and win the ball back quickly.

    This wasn't so apparent with Barca 10 years ago, but it was more apparent when Pep coached Bayern Munich. He changed how they played during the buildup but not in the final third. The reason I think this is important to us, is that I describe the US "style" as a poor imitation of Germany. I think Pep's time at Bayern drew a road map for USSF. If they would only learn from it.

  25. Santiago 1314 replied, January 14, 2022 at 11:22 a.m.

    Yes Bob, I like your Analysis of BM under Pep and how it can be Translated to USA Soccer.
    I would gladly settle for the Trophies and Results Pep had there...
    But, I think a "Real" analysis of Pep's tenure there would be one of FAILURE.
    He could NOT Convince the Powers that be; Players on the Team or BOD that Tiki-Taka was the way to go in Germany.... Much like the American Mentality.... TOO Boring and Slow... 
    It's like running your Porshce on the Autobahn... Or Muscle Car Mustang here in the USA; In 1st Gear.!!!
    It takes a totally Different Mentality and Player to "Slow the Game Down" to a Walk in the Park.
    Most World Class Athletes "Rebel" under that Environment.
    Let's Hope our Current Squad of Under-25s can be the "Happy Mix"

  26. Bob Ashpole replied, January 14, 2022 at 11:23 p.m.

    Santi, to me it is not slowing the game down. The ball moves rapidly, perhaps even more rapidly, but much more diagonal play to stretch the opponent width-wise instead of just length-wise.

    Remember Barca playing 1 touch short passes on the strong side to pull the opponent to the strong side and then switched fields? In the US we often referred to this as the breakout pass. Instead call it a through pass oriented east-west instead of north-south. The pass accomplished the same objective takiing multiple defenders out of  the play. Barca would then attack the goal quickly before the defenders could recover their balance. Same tactics just tilted sideways.

    As you noted earlier, we need new tactical thinking from the coaches, not necessarily new players. The are stuck inside a box and don't want to leave their comfort zone. There is a lot of space for attack that US coaches ignore in their rush for "verticality". Maybe style doesn't have much importance in a single match, but a positional play team has a much better chance of winning a tournament because of the less running by the players. 

  27. David Bucheimer, January 13, 2022 at 1:26 p.m.

    Frank - I don't know if all the things you say are correct or not, I am sure you know more than me, an idiot American, but I do get tired of your vain, whiny, overly detailed assessments of all things futbol, especially American futbol !

  28. frank schoon replied, January 13, 2022 at 2:40 p.m.

    David, some watch soccer and think at the same level of those who bring the horns and tooters to the game and others tend to watch soccer at a more sophisticated level and look for the intricracies of the game, the why's and how's and more. You belong to the former and I belong to the latter...Neither is wrong, although I would be bored out of my skull, knowing what I know about the game to view at the level you prefer... Some are just as happy having an Elvis painting on black velour backround and others prefer to have a Rembrandt painting. It is whatever makes you happy.

  29. Santiago 1314 replied, January 14, 2022 at 7:09 a.m.

    FRANK.!!! NOW YOU GONE TOO FAR...Attacking ELVIS.!!!... You Stupid, Arrogant, Foreign Prick.!!!... Hahaha; I'm just Kidding with you... You are correct; It takes All Kinds, and Beauty is in the "Eye of The Beholder"... I can enjoy both Graceland and the RijksMuseum...
    But Madurodam is the Must see thing in Holland.

  30. frank schoon, January 14, 2022 at 9:11 a.m.

    Hey Guys,
    First Bob, You are absolutely right about the Italians and the press. They only care about who scored, as a matter of fact they could care less who gave assists, it all about the goal.  That is why goal scorers in Italy are very egotistical and shoot at goal to receive the adulation, rather than pass to an open man who is in a better position. Also the Italian defenders after the game would sing if their man didn't score, that's all care about not how they played. The fans could care less  how bad you played, it is all whiped if you score.  This is why Italy doesn't not contribute to new revolution in soccer ideas  for their game is as conservative as the church there.
    And this is why sending our boys to play in England, Germany, and Italy doesn't excite me. Yes, they are learning to play against better players but  as far as the skill and brains part go...NO! doesn't impress me, our kids won't learn anything... 
    Bob, read the books, "The Miracle of Castel Di Sangro" by Joe McGinness and "The Italians" by Bearzot. Talk about laughs and the Italian culture....

    Donald, I tried to help you out last night looking for "Stand-up to Frank" websites but somehow my computer does not function when or download  'beta male' info...it shuts down, Sorry!  I have to admit the dutch do party and that's the only reason why I watch the winter olympics to watch the Dutch Heineken tent parties.....

    Santi, yeah, I went to Madurodam, like every other dutch tourist. The Europeans love Elvis and you know what, he will get his due in another hundred years as far as influencing the world's culture. There's nothing like 'Americana' baby! I can't imagine how frigging boring the world would be without Americana!!!
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  31. frank schoon, January 14, 2022 at 9:57 a.m.

    My contention is that the American soccer press here is so bad. They are fine when writing 'feel good' or 'heart-warming' stories which could be publicized in magazines with low-level thinking like what's read in 'Sports Illustrated', 'People' magazine , etc., whatever.

    In soccer circles, the reader needs to experience more than just reading 'feel good' stories which we are constantly bombarded with.  There is no excuse that American soccer press has not delved into and talked about  WHY one of our socalled BETTER players, McKennie is not wanted by Juventus...No one has contacted Juventus, or inquired  Italian journalists to see what the problem is, or inquired Italian players here what they know or could find out about  McKennie and Juventus. NOTHING!!! 

    The American soccer press has a DUTY to EDUCATE American soccer fans  besides writing 'heart-warming' stories, that lack good insights into the game.  Perhaps, Mckennie lacks certain abilities, be it technical, tactical or mental, who knows. Perhaps the coach doesn't like him due to certain aspects of the game he's not good at. This type of info can help OUR coaches in seeing and improving their knowledge of the game.

    For example, Ajax had a Danish #9, an upcoming talent that's now playing in France. There was discussion why he wasn't scoring at Ajax, although he was a good player. Discussions with coaches ,players, experts in the dutch soccer press saw that the problem was not so much him but what #10 does to #9. The #10 by Ajax is an offensive type of player who often runs into the open space where #9 usually goes, and scores. The Danish due to his style of play, was unable to change certain variables in his game to take #10 positive points into account....This is the kind of 'meat' that interest me for like Cruyff states the meat of the game are those little details most people don't see which is the WHY's. 

    I know that most readers are not getting the WHY's due to the inept American soccer press and therefore, I try to educate readers in my posts on the deeper 'insights' of the game, which is beyond the 'horns and tooters level.  Now some might interpret it as 'vain' , 'arrogant', 'overly assessments', in other words some would rather shoot the messenger instead of appreciating message. I think those individuals should not read my assessments.  But as far as I'm concerned US soccer will not improve if it remains at the 'horns and tooters' level. We need to start thinking more analytical, more CRITICAL, and ask more questions of WHY and HOW instead being of the mentality, " OH, Wow ,we scored ,everything is fine, now"

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