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Haji Wright scores his first Bundesliga goal, with Weston McKennie providing the assist


Haji Wright is wasting no time making an impression at Schalke.

Wright opened his Bundesliga goal-scoring account in just his fourth appearance for Schalke in Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to Bayer Leverkusen.

Wright opened his scoring account in the 45th minute, tapping home a flicked header from fellow American Weston McKennie.

Bastian Oczipka’s corner kick initially found McKennie, who rose highest before finding Wright for an authoritative finish from close range.

The 20-year-old Wright has earned first-team minutes for Schalke in recent weeks as a result of the club’s attack being bitten by the injury bug. He made his Bundesliga debut in late November before making his first start in Germany’s top flight earlier this month.


  1. The U 20 could be the base for the Olympics and why not the Qatar World. Very interesting team , with incredible future. Also I saw a kid ( 15 ) in Dallas that looks just brilliant, to say the least.

    • I did. Outside of the goal he was good and not really visible.

      McKennie, on the other hand, was very good and likely best player on the team

  2. Haji Wright scored a goal on a cross the last game against Frankfurt after he came in as a sub, but was ruled offside by a foot. It’s kind of weird to see Schalke’s lineup today, with Wright and Mckennie as forwards. Two Americans starting as forwards in the same team in Bundesliga. When was the last time we’ve ever seen that?

    • When
      was the last time we’ve ever seen that? Probably never. However, Brian McBride and Clint Dempsey over lapped at Fulham about a season and a half, so it’s possible that they played together a time or two. However, Dempsey didn’t play much at first and McBride was injured a few times during that period. I found once mention of where Dempsey came on to replace McBride when he got injured in a game.

      • Maybe Eddie Johnson with McBride and/or Dempsey. He didn’t play much for Fulham but both McBride and Clint were there when he was.

  3. It will be very interesting to see Berhalter’s choices for his team. Add to the above German based players our Mexican Americans playing in Liga MX and you would have both youth and experience playing in very good leagues.

      • Corona ( America ) Guido ( Tijuana ) Orozco ( Necaxa ) Torres ( Atlas ) Gonzalez ( Atlas) Arce ( Dorados ) and few other than i dont remenber now..well and the guys in the reserves and 2nd division.

      • BTW : Brizuela.Chivas) Zendejas (Chivas) Ponce (Necaxa) Gonzalez ( Monterrey) Born in the USA but opted to play for Mexico ..

      • My point Hernando was do you think any of those guys you listed help the national team? Rubin and Guido don’t play, Omar, Torres, and Orozco have aged out. Corona sat most of the season before playing well in the playoffs but is 28 and plays the role that most of our younger and better prospects. So I guess that leaves Alvarado who is now primarily a CB which we have quite a few of who play in better leagues and on better teams. I’m not saying that Liga Mx isn’t a good league I’m just saying that its a downtime for Mexican Americans playing there. Young Americans of Hispanic dissent seem to be more eager to sign with European clubs of late. If you look at the U20 squad even to guys brought in in the last year there are only a couple playing with youth sides in Mexico. Villafana, Garza, Gil, Ibarra, Castillo, and Brandon Vazquez have all come into MLS in the last couple of years and with allocation money MLS is able to compete with mid-level salary better so veteran Americans don’t seem to be going there for a paycheck anymore.

      • We”re in a Gold Cup Year right? So those veterans will be good additions after the debacle of the World Cup. Alvarado will be a good choice at C.B. and you never know about Guido in the middle and Rubin up front. On the other hand : the american kids are to Germany because they know the mafia system of the Mexican League. Jonathan Gonzalez is going to regret that.

      • I forgot , Dennis te Klose knows the drama about J. Gonzalez swichting and the money involved. The mexican fed. paid the parents of J. Gonzalez incredible amount to convince Jonathan to go to the mexicans..

    • Omar Gonzalez is awful. That game agisnt Monterey this season when he got nutmegged like an amateur. He never needs to suit up again as well as he is one of the reasons we did not make last WC.

  4. The Bundesliga is clearly providing more chances to young Americans then MLS is at this point. Klinsmann was right to tell players to not to sign MLS contracts.

    • Thatโ€™s crazy. There still way more young Americans with solid playing time in MLS. Not everyone has lots of playing time because there are lots of very high quality internationals now

    • yeah and Claudios Reyna ( New York C. F.C) the worst of them. He hates the young american guys. Btw he’s getting his son an european passport to send him to Dormouth next year….

  5. Strengthen that partnership for the USMNT pleaasseeeeee!!!!!!

    Haji Wright
    Weston McKennie
    Christian Pulisic
    Tyler Adams
    Josh Sargent
    Timothy Weah
    Matt Miazga

    The future seems bright!!!!


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