At FC Schalke 04 Weston McKennie has now matured into a regular player. Recently, he joined the U.S. silver team at the Gold Cup. This is no reason for him to give up, he is also attacking fully in the new season. Also the start of the DFB Cup is not taken lightly by the Youngster.
“I want to help the team and am keen to get it started again,” said Weston McKennie shortly before the first mandatory game on the unified website “schalke04.de”. For the U.S. boy it was a short preparation, after a long season, well noted. While colleagues were on vacation, the 20-year-old with his national team at the Gold Cup in June reached the final and lost it only a little with 0:1 against Mexico.
But this success does not satisfy the versatile kicker (yet): “As an athlete you always want to win. That’s why the defeat hurt, of course. I’m still upset that it wasn’t enough to win the tournament. At the next Gold Cup we will attack again,”he announced.
McKennie is pleased about the contract renewal and warns against DFB Cup game
More than two years ago, the native Texan gave his profit margin for the buttons and is now already at 47 league games and a goal. I owe a lot to the club, I have become a professional here and I feel absolutely comfortable,”McKennie says about the early stage of his career. For him, therefore, it was “not a difficult decision”, the one up to the 30th. The fact that David Wagner is now in charge of a new coach on Schalke will not change the fact that the 14-time national player is extremely valuable to S04.
“In the past I have shown I can play almost any position. I just haven’t been to the gate yet. I think I can best contribute my skills to the sixth or the eighth position. When I run centrally, I have the game behind, before and beside me,”the American described himself.
He is looking forward to working with the new coach, just as he is looking forward to the obligatory play-off with the first DFB round at the regionalist SV Drochtersen/Assel.
Of course one is the favorite,”but we have to do this from the first minute,”McKennie said. He also recalled how difficult FC Bayern Munich was last year against that very opponent. Therefore, caution is required: “We must not underestimate the opponent under any circumstances.” Bavaria only implemented itself in the summer 2018 with 1:0. This result should be a warning to us,”explains McKennie.