Weston McKennie Makes Game-Winning Assist After Run From Inside Own Half

Schalke defeated Wolfsburg 2-1 in Bundesliga action on Sunday in a match replete with Americans. 25-year-old USMNT defender John Brooks anchored Wolfsburg, and promising 20-year-old attacker Haji Wright made a late substitute appearance for Schalke. However, it was 20-year-old Weston McKennie who made the difference for the home side at Veltins-Arena.

McKennie was deployed beneath the striker in manager Domenico Tedesco’s 4-2-3-1 formation, and after picking up a booking in the 66th minute with the scores level at 1-1, McKennie was quick to make amends in the 78’ with a surging run from deep.

With a dribble that began inside his own half, the Texas native tore at Wolfsburg’s defense before releasing Daniel Caligiuri on the right-hand side of the box. 

The right back took a few touches to cut inside and then dispatched his match-winning goal with confidence (he’d also scored Schalke’s opener from the spot in the eighth minute). 

The assist was McKennie’s second in three games.

On Friday, the Daily Mail reported that Liverpool was considering a $26 million offer for the USMNT talent. However, that rumor was later rebuffed by ESPN FC.

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