The making of Weston McKennie: How America's most unique talent reached the top — and the team behind the scenes who helped him along the way

Weston McKennie is one of soccer's most unique talents. Even on the world's biggest stage, the 24-year-old American stands out in the middle of the pitch with his all-action style, covering every blade of grass, arriving first to every contested ball and occasionally looking like a one-man midfield out there.

But Weston would be the first to admit that his meteoric rise to playing for Italy's biggest club and representing his country on the world’s stage is grounded in the help, commitment and sacrifice of teammates, family, friends, and coaches.

Paul Pogba to miss World Cup after failing to recover from knee surgery

France midfielder Paul Pogba will miss their World Cup title defense after failing to recover from knee surgery in time for next month's tournament in Qatar, his agent said on Monday.

Pogba had an operation on a damaged meniscus in September but his agent said that, following a medical review, he would not be able to return to the Juventus squad or join up with France before the Nov. 20-Dec. 18 World Cup.

Another American goes down: USMNT dealt Weston McKennie injury blow

There's more unfortunate news for the USMNT midfield with just 22 days to go until lining up against Wales: Weston McKennie, after coming off injured at the start of the second half during Juventus' 1-0 win over Lecce on Saturday, has been diagnosed with a thigh injury that'll keep him out for over two weeks.

Watch: Nicolò Fagioli scores outrageous curler for Juventus

There have been very few bright spots for Juventus this season. On the back of the club’s humiliation in the Champions League midweek, a host of injuries forced manager Massimiliano Allegri’s hand as he utilized many of his younger players against Lecce. His faith was rewarded by Nicolò Fagioli, who scored a stunning goal to give the Bianconeri a 1-0 win. 

Weston McKennie scores a thunderous header in Juventus' victory over Empoli

Juventus got a confidence boost after crushing Empoli 4-0 at the Allianz Stadium for their second straight victory in Serie A. American Weston McKennie played 65 minutes and helped to keep the three points at home, scoring a magnificent header. 

Weston McKennie goal vs. Empoli

McKennie's goal was his first this season for Juventus and came in the most McKennie fashion: a thunderous header after a set piece. 

Dušan Vlahović goal gives Juve a crucial win in Derby Della Mole

The Derby Della Mole has been completely dominated by Juventus, especially in recent years. However, Juve’s monotonous, predictable and uninspired performances of late have allowed their nearby neighbors to catch up and just two points separated the sides going into the derby. Despite a stunning goalkeeping performance from Torino’s Vanja Milinković-Savić, Juventus found its winner thanks to Dušan Vlahović.

CR700: Every century of Cristiano Ronaldo club goals

After much waiting, Cristiano Ronaldo finally hit the milestone of 700 career club goals after scoring against Everton with Manchester United in the Premier League.

AC Milan hands Juventus its second Serie A loss in last three games with 2-0 win

MILAN — AC Milan secured a 2-0 win over rivals Juventus with goals from defender Fikayo Tomori and midfielder Brahim Diaz in a spirited Serie A clash at the San Siro on Saturday.

Tomori made it 1-0 just before the break when he followed up a shot by Olivier Giroud and rifled the ball into the roof of the net, sending Juve goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny the wrong way.

Beautiful Weston McKennie assist helps Juventus get their first win in six games

Weston McKennie, as Christian Pulisic did vs. Crystal Palace, got his first assist of the season in Juventus' 3-0 win over Bologna.

Yes, we’re hyped.

Weston McKennie assist vs. Bologna

Although the midfielder had started for the Vecchia Signora in the last three games, McKennie came on in the 60th minute vs. I Rossoblù in Sunday’s Serie A league match.

The response? A beautifully placed assist.