US midfielder McKennie poised to be 1st American at Juventus
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Midfielder Weston McKennie is poised to become the first American player at Juventus.
The nine-time defending Serie A champion posted photos of McKennie’s arrival in Turin on Thursday ahead of an expected loan from German club Schalke.
The deal reportedly involves a clause requiring Juventus to purchase McKennie’s full rights at the end of the season.
The 21-year-old McKennie can play any of the midfield positions, which makes him a flexible option for new Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo.
McKennie started playing soccer while spending part of his childhood in Germany.
Other American-born players in Serie A have included Alexi Lalas, Giuseppe Rossi, Michael Bradley and Oguchi Onyewu.
McKennie joined Schalke since 2016.
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