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Weston McKennie joins Leeds United on loan for rest of season

Weston McKennie joins Leeds United on loan for rest of season

Leeds United added the services of a third U.S. men’s national team player as Weston McKennie became the latest American to join the English Premier League.

McKennie has made the move to Elland Road on loan for the remainder of the current season, Leeds United announced Monday. Leeds United also holds the option to purchase McKennie from Juventus permanently at the conclusion of the loan spell.

McKennie joins Geroginio Rutter and Max Wober as Leeds United’s acquisitions during the January Transfer Window.

The 24-year-old originally joined Juventus on loan in September 2020 before the Serie A club purchased him outright from Schalke in July 2021. The USMNT midfielder has totaled 96 appearances in Italy, scoring 13 goals and registering five assists.

He made 21 combined appearances this season for the Old Lady, scoring three goals and adding two assists. McKennie joins fellow USMNT teammates Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson in Jesse Marsch’s squad, with the Yorkshire club fighting to avoid relegation this season.

Leeds United sits 15th in the English Premier League standings, only one point from the relegation zone. The Lilywhites have failed to win any of their last six league matches, despite advancing two rounds in the FA Cup.

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