The Weston Mckinnie Story

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    Luc GoyeauLuc Goyeau
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    Earlier this evening Juventus FC won the Supercoppa Italiana for ninth time in their history. Winning trophies has become routine for the Italian club, but what is not the norm is that at the heart of their midfield is star from America.

    Weston Mckinnie Played all ninety minutes as Juve beat Napoli 2-0 to win the copa. Winning the copa makes him Juventus’ first American player to win a Trophy. Lets take a look at the twenty two year old American’s story.

    Weston was born and raised in Texas but because his father had to move for his role in the American military, he spent three years – from when he was six until he was nine – in the German town Kaiserslautern. He spent his early playing days at the local club FC Phonix Otterbach before moving back to Texas where he played in the FC Dallas youth academy for seven years. Mckinnie had signed a letter of intent to play in the NCAA for the University of Virginia Cavaliers but instead chose to pursue a professional career in Europe.

    Soon after in August of 2016 Mckinnie signed with German side FC Shalke. He spent less than a year with the academy team before making his professional debut on May 20th, 2017. Although that was his only appearance of that season, the next two seasons the American International established himself as a first team player and was attracting offers from top clubs around Europe.

    On August 29th, 2020 Mckinnie joined the Bianconeri on a one-year loan that cost the Italian club 4.5 Million Euros, with Juve holding an 18.5 Million Euro option to make it a permanent move. Since arriving at Juventus, the midfielder has impressed beyond even what most US men’s national team fans expected. Mckinnie has taken himself entirely out of the ‘good for an American’ category. Before long if he and other Americans continue to score goals like this, the football world will begin to expect greatness from players from our continent rather than be surprised by it.

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