Weston McKennie, the talented 21-year-old midfielder, has just signed a deal to join United States teammates Tyler Adams and Ian Harkes at Leeds United FC. This move has been lauded by many USMNT fans, as it creates a powerful triumvirate of American talent in one of the top teams in England’s Championship League.
McKennie’s journey to Leeds began over two years ago when he first signed with Schalke 04, a German Bundesliga team. During his two seasons with Schalke, McKennie proved himself as an integral part of the squad, making 29 appearances and scoring four goals. Despite this success, the club was relegated from the German top tier last season and McKennie saw an opportunity for a fresh start at Leeds United.
It is not hard to see why McKennie felt that joining forces with his fellow USMNT players was such an attractive option. Adams and Harkes are both high caliber midfielders who have already made their mark on the English game after signing with Leeds in 2019 and 2020 respectively. The trio gives USMNT fans something unprecedented: three young Americans playing key roles on the same team in one of England’s premier leagues.
The addition of Weston McKennie is seen by many as “the cherry on top” of a very successful transfer window for Leeds, who have made some big signings during this period including Rodrigo Moreno (Valencia), Robin Koch (Freiburg) and Raphinha (Rennes). With these new signings coupled with three talented youngsters from across the pond, Leeds look like they could be true contenders in this year’s Championship title race.
On a personal level for Weston McKennie this move offers him something more than just joining his friends – it offers him a chance to take his career to the next level under Marcelo Bielsa’s tutelage. The Argentine manager possesses an impressive record of developing young talent which bodes well for McKennie’s future prospects as he embarks on this new chapter of his career at Elland Road wearing his USMNT jersey .
The signing of Weston McKennie marks yet another milestone achievement for American soccer; having three representatives playing together on one Premier League team is sure to bring more attention to American soccer both domestically and abroad. It also shows that there is no limit or boundaries when it comes to what young American players can achieve if given the right opportunity – here’s hoping that other families back home will be inspired by this story!