Weston McKennie becomes 1st American player at Juventus

Weston McKennie becomes 1st American player at JuventusWeston McKennie becomes 1st American player at Juventus
Schalke’s Weston McKennie, left, celebrates with Schalke’s Rabbi Matondo after scoring his side’s opening goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Fortuna Duesseldorf and FC Schalke 04 in Duesseldorf, Germany, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. The nine-time defending Serie A champion McKennie has become the first American player at Juventus, confirmed late Saturday, August, 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, Pool, File)

TURIN, Italy (AP) — It’s official: Midfielder Weston McKennie has 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 the expected loan from German club Schalke.

Late Saturday, Juventus confirmed the move and said the American »enjoys a belated birthday present with a move to the Bianconeri.» McKennie’s 22nd birthday was Friday.

It added: »Juventus Football Club announces that an agreement with FC GelsenkirchenSchalke for the temporary acquisition, until 30 June 2021, of the registration rights of the player Weston McKennie has been finalized for a consideration of 4.5 million euros ($5.35 million).»

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.

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