Weston McKennie’s fabulous debut season with Italian giants Juventus hit another high point on Wednesday as the American midfielder came off the bench in the second half to grab a goal and help his side back into the race for the Scudetto.
McKennie entered Juve’s huge clash with AC Milan in the 64th minute, subbing on for Paulo Dybala with the Old Lady nursing a 2-1 lead. While the move by Andrea Pirlo was clearly to provide his side with a more defensive presence, it would be the USMNT star who added the match-clinching insurance goal just 11 minutes after coming on.
Y de repente Mckennie aparece de repente pic.twitter.com/OlBpzlIJQs— ESPN Deportes (@ESPNDeportes) January 6, 2021
As he’s done quite often since his arrival in Turin, McKennie found himself arriving late into the box in a great position to latch onto a Federico Bernardeschi centering pass. The Texan made no mistake with his finish to secure his third goal for the champions this season and help Juve get within seven points of Milan who still sit on top of the table. It obviously wasn’t his most flashy goal of the season, but it was an extremely important moment for him.
McKennie has been a favorite of Pirlo’s since his loan move from Schalke and moments like this show why. It’s clear for all to see that he’s becoming a vital member of one of the biggest clubs in the world and will be a huge part of Gregg Berhalter’s USMNT project heading towards 2022.