For all the talk about Schalke’s 18-year-old American wunderkind, Weston McKennie, it’s easy to forget that three young Yanks signed for the Bundesliga side.
One of them, Haji Wright, scored four goals in a preseason match before being loaned out to Sandhausen in 2.Bundesliga.
Ex-New York Cosmos striker Wright, 19, came off the bench for Sandhausen in its league opener Saturday, and didn’t wilt when given a clear scoring chance alone in the 18.
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Wright has scored 31 goals at the U.S. youth national team level, and Bruce Arena will be quite familiar with him given a four-year stint with the LA Galaxy Academy.
Fellow American striker Andrew Wooten is on the books at Sandhausen, but the veteran was not in the 18.
Here’s video, found by American Soccer Now’s Brian Sciaretta:
It was Cup time in Germany as well on Tuesday, and several Americans took the time to shine.
Fabian Johnson and Andrew Wooten both scored on the day, but it was Bobby Wood who stole the show in a day filled with USMNT prospects and players in Germany.
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The Hamburger SV man broke his slump in a big way, scoring a brace for his first goals since Sept. 10 in a 4-0 win over Hallescher FC.
The first goal was just indicative of a gulf in class, and it looked nice, but the second really does the trick for the Hawaii-born 23-year-old.
John Brooks and Hertha knocked out FC St. Pauli with a 2-0 defeat, and Fafa Picault subbed into the match for the hosts.
Timmy Chandler subbed into Eintracht Frankfurt’s match with Alfredo Morales’ Ingolstadt in the 90th minute, and Eintracht advanced in penalty kicks.