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Teenage American pair called up to Schalke first team

Goal.com logo Goal.com 19-05-2017

Schalke 04 manager Markus Weinzierl has announced that American pair Weston McKennie and Haji Wright have been promoted to the first team.

In his pre-match press conference leading up to the Bundesliga club's final league match of the season, Weinzierl said the duo would travel with the senior side on Saturday to face already-relegated Ingolstadt.

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McKennie, 18, and Wright, 19, have impressed with Schalke's U-19 side this season and both are considered a big part of the Royal Blues' future plans.

Markus #Weinzierl today confirmed Weston McKennie and @HajiWright will train with the #S04 first team from now on. Congrats, lads! pic.twitter.com/OapOfeZ098

— Schalke 04 USA (@s04_us) May 18, 2017

Wright scored 12 goals in 21 matches for the club’s U-19 side this campaign, while McKennie netted four in 21 games.

Schalke did not allow the duo, along with fellow U-19 star Nick Taitague, to be a part of Tab Ramos' U-20 World Cup squad after being called up, much to the U.S. boss' chagrin.

The U.S. kicks off its World Cup campaign without the Schalke trio against Ecuador on May 22.

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