FC Cincinnati Wants to Bring Weston McKennie from Juventus

Is the American star ready to return to the USA and make history in the MLS?
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Major League Soccer (MLS) might be about to gain a significant boost, and we’re not talking about just any player. FC Cincinnati has surprised many by making a $15 million offer to Juventus for midfielder Weston McKennie. The 25-year-old star of the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) is in his last year of contract with the Old Lady and has an impressive resume, with 138 appearances for the Italian club.

Let’s get straight to the point: McKennie is not just any player. He has won over Juventus fans with his tenacity and versatility in midfield, showing impressive capability both in defense and attack. His ability to read the game, intercept passes, and launch quick counterattacks makes him one of the most complete players of his generation. With his contract nearing its end, Juventus might be willing to consider offers before losing him for free this European summer.

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FC Cincinnati’s decision to make this offer can be seen as a bold strategic move. It’s not every day that an MLS club invests so much in a single player, especially someone with McKennie’s pedigree. This clearly shows an intention to elevate the league’s level, bringing in top-tier talent that can attract more attention and, consequently, more revenue. After all, soccer is a business, and having a star like McKennie could be a game-changer for the franchise.

But would McKennie accept this offer? Here’s the dilemma. The player is at the peak of his career and will certainly have other offers from major European clubs. The Premier League, La Liga, and the Bundesliga are plausible destinations for someone of his quality. Opting for the MLS would be a more emotional decision rather than a strategic one, considering being closer to home and contributing to the growth of soccer in his home country. Staying in Europe could offer him greater challenges and visibility.

We can’t forget that the 2026 World Cup will be held on American soil, and players like McKennie will be crucial in raising the national team’s level.

And what about Juventus? Losing McKennie would be a blow, but the $15 million could be reinvested in the team, perhaps in young prospects or in reinforcements that better align with coach Massimiliano Allegri’s tactical vision.