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Weston McKennie scores, shines in Juventus win over Bologna

Weston McKennie has come up with some big performances during his time at Juventus, but Sunday’s showed a mixture of everything he’s brought to the table so far.

McKennie got the start for Andrea Pirlo’s side and scored the second goal in a 2-0 Serie A win over Bologna. It was McKennie’s third league goal of the season and fourth in all competitions.

With Juventus hanging on to a 1-0 advantage thanks to Arthur’s first-half goal, McKennie came up with the insurance finish in the second-half. McKennie rose highest to head home Juan Cuadrado’s cornerkick to slam the door on any Bologna comeback.

It was a perfect way to end a strong outing for the U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder, who lifted his first club trophy just four days prior with Juventus. McKennie also completed 94% of his passes, recorded two shots on goal, made two interceptions, four recoveries, and won 12/13 of his individual duels.

McKennie’s impact for Juventus continues to come at an important time for the club, who is aiming to get back in the Serie A title picture. The Old Lady sits fifth in the league standings, seven points back of leaders AC Milan.

“Obviously we saw the matches yesterday, we saw the two Milan clubs lose points, for us it is very important, it will be a race to the end,” McKennie said post match.

Juventus now turns its attention to Coppa Italia play on Wednesday against Spal.

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  1. Was a very strong showing by McKennie. Active in/around the box while still being his usual high energy presser on the defensive side.
    The progression of McKennie and the other young USMNT players in Europe has been nothing short of astounding the last 12 months.

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  2. What this shows is how important it is for us players to go to teams where the manager has belief and a plan for that player.

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    • Now we see the benefit of aging European stars playing their last years in MLS. When they become managers they give US players a chance.(this is only half serious).

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      • Frank apparently missed that lesson early last season. Or I guess you could say he followed it with Duane Holmes just not CP.

  3. McKennie was simply spectacular today! He was clearly MOTM, aside possibly from the two GKs. Pirlo let’s him be anywhere, and it’s really freed his attacking game. He’s also incredibly consistent and hasn’t had a clunker all season.
    I’ve been reading and watching the Italian sites for player ratings, and they’re unanimously positive not just on this game but on the importance of always having Wes on the field for Juve this year.
    I hope the success of McKennie’s move to Italy gives other US players the confidence to try Serie A!

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