The talk about U20 town this week was Schalke’s obstinate refusal to release its American players for the U20 World Cup in South Korea later this month. Schalke’s currently home to three, in Nick Taitague, Weston McKennie and Haji Wright, and all three are currently ensconced with the club’s top quality U19 side under legendary German coach Norbert Elgert.
The reason Schalke gave for holding their American players out of the World Cup? They’re currently in the semifinals of the German U19 championship, and they wanted them there. All three are starters. Here’s U20 coach Tab Ramos.