Weston McKennie has told American youngsters to take a chance on European football if they get it, as well as tipping countryman Josh Sargent for success with Werder Bremen.
"If you have the opportunity, I would say for me ... 100 per cent take it," the 19-year-old Schalke midfielder said, urging more of his star-spangled countrymen to take the plunge. "If it's the right choice, if everything fits, if everything makes sense, I would say come. You don't want to start in MLS and always have the question in the back of your head if you could have made it over there? I didn't want that."
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McKennie needn’t have any regrets. Already 12 Schalke appearances and a senior international debut goal against UEFA EURO 2016 champions Portugal better off, he - along with Christian Pulisic – is leading the U.S. soccer revolution, on European soil.
The teenager only joined the Schalke academy in 2016, but is already playing regular first-team football for the Royal Blues, and last month made his senior international debut for the USA. Just as it did for Borussia Dortmund mega talent and best friend Pulisic – who already has 51 Bundesliga appearances and 20 senior USA caps under his belt at the age of 19 - the transatlantic gamble paid off.
A glimpse into the future