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Weston McKennie, Haji Wright to join Schalke first-team for Bundesliga finale

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A huge opportunity for the two young Americans.

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While it appears that Schalke’s trio of Weston McKennie, Haji Wright, and Nick Taitague will miss out on the upcoming Under-20 FIFA World Cup, there’s a pretty nice consolation prize on the way for two of them. The club’s first-team manager Markus Weinzierl announced in his pre-match press conference that McKennie and Wright are two of three players to get added to their roster ahead of the season finale against Ingolstadt on Saturday.

Most evaluators rate Weston McKennie extremely high. American Soccer Now’s Brian Sciaretta believes that he’ll be a regular for the first-team squad next season. Wright has had a very productive season, scoring 12 goals in 21 matches for the club’s U-19 side.

Don’t feel too bad for Taitague who misses out on a first-team chance. Most scouts believe he has all the tools to be a star. If Tab Ramos’ comments are to be believed, he was set to earn that World Cup call-up if not for Schalke refusing to release their players in time.

This is a huge opportunity for McKennie and Wright. With little to play for in the final match, hopefully both will get the chance to impress and maybe even earn a little clout heading into next season.