Weston McKennie’s permanent address is now set in Turin, Italy.
On Wednesday, Serie A giants Juventus exercised a $22M option in their loan agreement with German Bundesliga side Schalke to keep the U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder at the Allianz Stadium through June 2025.
McKennie’s permanent move to the Bianconeri is well earned. Joining the club on loan in late August, the 22-year-old midfielder has shined for Andrea Pirlo’s side, appearing in 31 matches across all competitions while registering five goals and two assists.
A product of former U.S. Soccer Development Academy side FC Dallas, McKennie’s four goals in a little over half a season already make him the all-time leading goal scorer among USMNT players in the Italian top-flight. He was also integral in helping Juventus finish atop its Champions League group, scoring a remarkable goal in a 3-0 group-stage win against Barcelona on Dec. 9.
More recently, McKennie claimed the first trophy of his professional career, helping Juventus defeat Napoli 2-0 in the Italian Super Cup on January 20. Just a month prior, his play for club and country helped him garner the 2020 U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year award.