United States USA youngster Weston McKennie feeling right at home with Schalke Goal Last updated 1 year ago 07:55 1/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images United States RB Leipzig v Schalke 04 RB Leipzig Schalke 04 Bundesliga The U.S. national team youngster is making a name for himself in the Bundesliga and says everything feels right with his current club Weston McKennie is loving life at Bundesliga side Schalke, where he is making a name for himself. The 19-year-old midfielder has made 14 appearances for the the club this season and has helped Schalke to second in the Bundesliga standings. The success in Germany earned the youngster a first call to the full U.S. national side in 2017, shining in his debut with a lovely goal against Portugal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A glimpse into the future @WMckennie becomes 3rd youngest #USMNT player to score in his first cap! pic.twitter.com/If9MSLv47R — U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) November 14, 2017 Despite the meteoric rise over the last year, the Texas native says he’s feeling right at home with the Bundesliga club, though he does admit that sometimes it doesn’t all feel real. “Sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure this is all real,” a beaming McKennie told Schalke’s official website. “My family, my teammates, the coaches and lots of other people at Schalke have been really helpful to this point in my journey, and I’m really thankful for that.”The chances came and the teenager took them well, earning nine starts for the club through the first half of the season and seems ready to take on whatever the second half of the campaign has to offer. “[The coach] trusts me, and just like [Schalke U-19 coach] Norbert Elgert, he’s helping me to get better,” the Dallas native continued. “I feel very much at home here and I look forward to something new every day when I turn up at the club’s grounds. I would never have come close to going anywhere else, if I was to know how perfect Schalke was going to be for me.”Schalke is a vastly improved team this season, having finished 10th in the league last term. McKennie has played his part in that turnaround and has become a regular in the side. Bayern Munich currently holds and 11-point lead at the top of the table, and while the chances of Schalke making a run to a league title are not great, McKennie still has plenty to look forward to in 2018. “I hope that we continue to rack up points and show how good we are as a team,” the midfielder said. “I want to contribute to that as best I can. The team spirit is amazing. I think that rubs off on the fans too.”My personal goal is very clear: to get better each and every day. I’m working really hard to do that.”Schalke returns to the pitch for matchday 18 on Saturday with a tricky test on the road against fifth-placed RB Leipzig.
Mason Rudolph took some of the blame for the loss on Saturday and talked about what his relationship with his head coach was like in the locker room afterwards. The entire post-game scene fascinates me. Here are Rudolph’s comments.“He made a call, and he wanted to throw the ball away on 4th down,” said Rudolph of the wild intentional grounding call. “Obviously there’s going to be a lot of speculation and a lot of talk. I think it’s a good opportunity for this team together and bounce back and be driven this week in practice.“I can’t speak for him. I’m just doing what I’m told. I love my coach. I love coach Gundy — I’ve loved him since the day I signed here — I’ll do anything for him. I was just following orders. Stuff happens in life. That’s adversity. But we’ll be fine.“[Gundy] is a stand-up dude. He’s going to accept responsibility for some things that don’t go our way. But I think it was more on me and the offense’s part for sputtering in the first half and even second half. Putting our defense in a bad situation. I deserve as much blame, and this offense … as does anyone else.”Rudolph seems pretty all right with the loss which is what I want from my QB1. Even keeled. Never too high. Never too low. He played poorly on Saturday (which I talked about here), but OSU will be fine the rest of the season. And this dude is one of the main reasons why.“I don’t think it will be hard [to put this game behind us]. These seniors and these older guys have seen a lot of adversity throughout our careers, and we’ll be able to turn around and move forward quickly.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.