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Haji Wright announces signing with Schalke

Haji Wright Cosmos SBI (New York Cosmos)

The German Bundesliga is starting to become a common place for young Americans to land overseas.

On his personal Twitter account, Haji Wright announced he had signed a contract with Schalke 04. His announcement confirms reports, which linked him with a move to the German club following his 18th birthday, from January.

Wright, who turned 18 on March 27, is a former member of the LA Galaxy academy. He signed with NASL club New York Cosmos ahead of the 2015 Spring Season, providing one assist in three first-team appearances in the league before moving overseas.

At the international level, the forward most recently represented the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team at the 2015 Under-17 World Cup in Chile. He started in one of his three appearances for the U.S. during the tournament.

What do you think of Wright’s announcement? Think he will do well with Schalke?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. He is 18 years old, how can you say “the old Haji is coming back”? We don’t even know what the real Haji is like. Scoring two goals though for the U19 Schalke team right away, is impressive. Hopefully with Pulisic playing well, more young Americans will get more opportunities abroad.

  2. I hope he can find his mojo back because he lost it when playing in the U17 WC and I haven’t seen anything remotely that says he got it back.

  3. Can we please get off the Leicester City myth. Club football is a different animal than international football, you don’t have everyday with each other to build this team from odd pieces you suggest. An international manager sees his players for a week at a time every two to three months. During that week you may have only one or two days of actual training as players travel in and recover from weekend games with their club. Every other year you may get a month for a major Summer tournament.

    Ranieri’s international record 0-1-3 (including a loss to the Faroe Islands) in almost 30 years as a manager. If Leicester hangs on and wins the BPL this season it will be Ranieri’s first top flight league win and that includes thirteen years as a player. He has done a tremendous job this season, but there is a reason he was available and willing to go to Leiscester.

    • THANK YOU!!!

      I like Claudio, if you starting jumping on his bandwagon for USMNT, you are betraying your own knowledge. Claudio has been mediocre with better talent.

      • True! If people hate Jüergen for his constant hit swapping of players and positions, they will absolutely kill themselves over Claudio “The Tinkerman” Ranieri

        He has done less with far more. Granted he is making all the right moves with Leicester

  4. Haji Wright – Schalke 04
    Matt Miazga – Chelsea
    John Brooks – Hertha Berlin
    Christian Pulisic – Dortmond
    Russell Canouse – TSG Hoffenheim
    Julian Green – Bayern Munich
    Joseph Gyau – Dortmond
    Jerome Kiesewetter – VfB Stuttgart II
    Alfredo Morales – FC Ingolstadt 04
    Erik Palmer-Brown – Porto
    Cody Cropper – Milton Keynes Dons
    Emerson Hyndman – Fulham
    Andrija Novakovich – Reading
    Rubio Rubin – FC Utrecht
    Caleb Stanko – SC Freiburg
    Zack Steffen – SC Freiburg
    Bobby Wood – Union Berlin
    Andrew Wooten – SV Sandhausen
    Deandre Yedlin – Sunderland
    Gedion Zelalem – Rangers
    Perry Kitchen – Hearts

    Terrence Boyd – RasenBallsport Leipzig
    Aron Johannsson – Werder Bremen
    Fabian Johnson – Borussia Mönchengladbach
    Timothy Chandler – Eintracht Frankfurt
    Players in MLS
    Players in Liga MX

    Claudio Ranieri please consider coaching the USMNT. You have done wonders with lesser league players on your team, know the meaning of true team work and how to build a team from odd pieces

  5. Can’t really blame these kids for wanting to get the hell out of that developmental black hole called MLS. I do feel sorry for the ones that don’t have the financial means to do it, though.

    • Financial means? What am I missing here? To make this a possibility, I thought the kid/player needed to: (a) have maintained a spot on the USMNT roster for the past 12 months or so; or (b) have an international passport through parents/grandparents. I don’t see financial means as a part of the equation. But, again, happy to know what I’m missing.

    • LoL. Yeah…. there’s a real cautionary tale for you kids…. don’t do this…. you may wind up with a Bundesliga contract on your 18th birthday.


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