As far as debuts go, it doesn’t get any better than this. 19-year-old Texan Weston McKennie, fresh off breaking into Schalke’s first team in the Bundesliga and earning his first cap for the USMNT, put his country ahead against the world’s third-ranked side, Portugal.
McKennie has been touted as the next big thing in American soccer after breaking through in Germany a la Christian Pulisic at Borussia Dortmund in 2016. On Tuesday, he moved his own hype train forward after winning the ball in midfield, exchanging passes with CJ Sapong at the top of Portugal’s box and finishing with the coolness of a seasoned vet.
Debut goal for Weston McKennie! https://t.co/JiUklslDif— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) November 14, 2017
Portugal has since grabbed a hilarious equalizer following a howler from goalkeeper Ethan Horvath.