Another of the USA’s bright, rising talents, McKennie made his professional debut with German side Schalke towards the end of the 2016-17 season and continued to be a regular in central midfield for the Bundesliga club during the new campaign.
Internationally, the Texas-born midfielder has come up through the U.S. youth ranks and would have been part of the U-20 MNT at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, but couldn’t get released for the tournament. Despite that setback, the talented central midfielder put the world on notice at the end of the year, tallying in his senior international debut as the MNT earned a 1-1 draw at European champions Portugal.
- Scored 21 minutes into his MNT debut as the USA drew 1-1 with European Champions Portugal
- Made his Bundesliga debut for Schalke at age 18, coming on as a substitute in a 1-1 draw at Ingolstadt on May 20, 2017
- A product of the FC Dallas Academy, McKennie helped the club win two U.S. Soccer Development Academy championships at the U-15/16 (2015) and U-17/18 (2016 levels.
- Won U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s U-17/18 Central Conference Player of the Year award in 2016
Personal: Though born in Texas, McKennie first fell in love with the game while living in Germany where his dad was stationed at Rammstein Air Base … Met Landon Donovan and Carlos Bocanegra around the MNT’s 2006 friendly against Poland in Kaiserslautern, Germany … Grew up playing both soccer and football, sometimes squeezing in games from both disciplines on the same day … Has been close friends with MNT teammates Christian Pulisic since the two were in U-17 Residency together … He is a big fan of music and Harry Potter …
U.S. National Team: 2017: Tallied his first international goal 21 minutes into the MNT’s 1-1 draw with Portugal on Nov. 14 in Leiria …Under-20s: 2017: Likely would have been a part of U.S. roster at 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, but couldn’t get a release granted from Schalke … 2016: Made two appearances during the Four Nations Tournament in England, going 90 minutes in a 1-0 defeat to Germany (Oct. 5) and 5-3 loss to Netherlands (Oct. 7) …Under-19s: 2016: Made nine appearances and scored two goals … Tallied in a 5-1 win vs. Republic of Georgia (April 25) and in a 2-1 win vs. Ukraine (April 26) … Helped the U.S. win the 2016 Slovakia Cup … Under-17s: 2013-15: Was part of the U.S. Under-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla… Appeared in six international matches … First Appearance: Nov. 14, 2017 at Portugal … First Goal: Nov. 14, 2017 at Portugal
Professional: 2017-18: Made 16 league appearances and three more in the DFB-Pokal prior to the Bundesliga’s winter break … Made his first professional start in a 3-0 loss vs. Bayern Munich on Sept. 19 … Played his first full 90 minutes as a professional in a 1-0 win at Freiburg on Nov. 4 … 2016-17: Signed with Schalke upon turning 18 in August 2016 … Made his first team debut in the club’s final match of the season, coming on as a substitute in a 1-1 draw at Ingolstadt … Featured for the club’s U-19 side, scoring four goals in 21 appearances … Helped the side to the Semifinals of the U-19 Bundesliga where they fell on away goals to Bayern Munich
Youth: 2016-17: Registered 12 goals in 23 appearances as FC Dallas won the U-17/18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy championship … Was named Central Conference Player of the Year … 2015-16: Helped FC Dallas U-15/16 team win U.S. Soccer Development Academy championship … Joined FC Dallas Academy in 2009 … While living in Germany, began playing with FC Phönix Otterbach at the age of six …