What the future holds for USMNT star Weston McKennie

Midfielder Weston McKennie faces an uncertain future at Juventus under Thiago Motta
Brazil v United States - Continental Clasico 2024
Brazil v United States - Continental Clasico 2024 / Rich Storry/GettyImages

The world of soccer is always in flux, and no one knows that better than Weston McKennie. The US National Team (USMNT) midfielder and Juventus player finds himself at a critical point in his career, facing an uncertain future under the new management of Thiago Motta. The question on everyone's mind is: what's next for McKennie?

When McKennie was informed that he was not part of Motta's plans for the 2024-25 season, the news hit like a bombshell. Despite having been a regular under Massimiliano Allegri, the new Juventus coach seems to have a different vision for the team. Motta wants to take the team in a new direction, and that means giving up the energy and versatility that McKennie brought to the pitch.

Follow MLS Multiplex on X (Twitter).

This decision may seem like a blow, but it also opens up new possibilities. McKennie, who has already been associated with Premier League and MLS clubs, now has the opportunity to explore new horizons. Giants such as Arsenal and Tottenham have shown interest in the player, and even MLS side FC Cincinnati are keeping tabs on him.

But what's really at stake here is more than just where McKennie will be playing next season. It's about how he will use this opportunity to redefine his career. At 25 and at the peak of his physical and technical capabilities, McKennie is in a unique position to reinvent himself.

Last season was a rollercoaster for McKennie. After an unsuccessful loan spell at Leeds United, he managed to re-establish himself at Juventus and helped them win the Coppa Italia. However, soccer is a game of rapid change, and Motta's arrival brought a new dynamic.

McKennie joined Juventus in 2020 from Schalke and quickly became an interesting cog in the Old Lady's midfield. He made 134 appearances in all competitions, scored eight goals and won the Coppa Italia twice and the Supercoppa Italiana once. However, soccer is relentless, and even the most talented players can find themselves on the ropes.

McKennie's possible departure from Juventus is a reminder that, in soccer, the only constant is change. And sometimes those changes are exactly what a player needs to reach new heights. If McKennie decides to go to the Premier League, he will have the chance to show his worth in one of the most competitive leagues in the world. If he opts for the MLS, he could become a star and help raise the level of soccer in the United States.

The midfielder still has a lot to offer and his versatility is one of his greatest strengths. Whether in defense, attack or commanding the midfield, McKennie has the ability to make a difference. Uncertainty can be uncomfortable, but it can also be a source of motivation. For McKennie, this is a time for reflection and preparation for the next chapter in his career. He has already shown that he has the talent and determination to succeed. Now it's a question of finding the right place where he can continue to shine.

Wherever he decides to play, Weston McKennie will bring with him the passion and skill that made him such a good player with Juventus and the USMNT.