Written by Will Parchman


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.

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Written by Will Parchman


Haji Wright and Weston McKennie spent the better part of 2016 getting acclimated to life at a German super-producer. Given neither had EU passports, Schalke signed both American prospects on their 18th birthdays, Wright in March and McKennie later on in August.

Both were seismic shifts in the American youth landscape. Schalke became a relatively new player in the U.S. youth market by poaching McKennie from FC Dallas before he could sign a pro deal and Wright from the New York Cosmos after some, ahem, “wrangling.” In any case, the third American was a bit slower in coming. Nick Taitague, who’d been unattached to an MLS club in his native Virginia, was widely tapped to join Schalke as early as August 2016, but he was restricted from competing by FIFA rules. He, too, would have to wait until his 18th birthday to make everything official.

It’s officially official now. Taitague is a Schalkemerican.

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Written by Will Parchman


As we already know, Haji Wright is doing things with Schalke’s U19s at the moment. After officially joining the club earlier this year once he hit his 18th birthday, the wispy attacker is already putting in goals against some heady competition. And he’s done it alongside a couple Americans, notably former FC Dallas academy midfielder and U.S. U19 Weston McKennie. He’s expected to finalize his Schalke contract once he turns 18 later this month.

Wright was something of an enigma during the latter part of his tenure with the U17 MNT 2013-15 cycle. Wright popped onto a lot of radars – Schalke’s included – thanks to his Golden Boot performance at the 2013 Nike International Friendlies, a tournament that also helped launch Christian Pulisic to Dortmund.

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Written by Will Parchman


There’s something of a great migration currently taking place among American youth prospects. Where England was once the de facto point of disembarkation for the best and brightest young Americans looking abroad, Germany’s spent the last two years usurping that title.

For as long as most of us can remember, southwest London club Fulham was the nexus of that English-American fusion. Now it certainly looks as though Schalke is taking that title and running with it.

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Written by Travis Clark


There’s over-hyping a player and then there’s covering a youngster’s surge into prominence.

We’re trying to find the balance between the two.

Christian Pulisic landed in headlines again on Sunday, as the 17-year-old American started and played 73 minutes for Borussia Dortmund against Schalke.

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Written by Will Parchman


It happened a bit earlier than we expected, perhaps, but Haji Wright is finally on the final leg of his “Cosmos contract.”

In August, just months after Wright signed for the Cosmos as a 17-year-old, I fronted a harebrained idea. Could the Comsos be a front for what Wright really wanted? Did the precocious teen merely sign for the Cosmos in order to avoid the legal tangle involved in hopping in bed with MLS as a young player?

Here was my theory five months ago.

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Written by Will Parchman


Predictably, Schalke was bullied out of the Champions League by Real Madrid on Tuesday. Unpredictably, Schalke made Real Madrid score five goals over two legs to do it. Trailing 2-0 on aggregate after a disappointing home loss two weeks ago, Schalke faced dire straits at the Bernabeu.

And yet the German knockout krill was resplendent anyway. Schalke led (deservedly) for a not insignificant portion of the match, and Real Madrid needed to plunge its hand deep into is moneybag just to lose 4-3. At home. Booed off by your own fans. Schalke was vibrant, exciting, alive. Real Madrid looked bored defensively and reactive in the attacking third but advanced anyway on aggregate.

Pleased they were not.

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Written by Reshad Bahadori

20 year-old Martin Hinteregger from Salzburg scores from 75 yards, 68.58 meters for the folks from across the Atlantic. Not too sure what the Schalke GK was doing so far off his line, but he paid for it. Hinteregger’s fist touch wasn’t too shabby either.

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Written by Rudy Madrigal

Soccer fans are crazy. They will do almost anything to watch their beloved team in action. Just ask a group of Galatarasy supporters who tried to dig a tunnel into Schalke’s Veltins Arena. The ground was frozen but that didn’t stop the fans that attempted to dig a hole with their bare hands under a perimeter fence. Now that is what I dedication and fandom. Better luck next time Galatarasy fans.

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Schalke win race for Marica

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via ESPNSoccernet.

Schalke have signed striker Ciprian Marica, a fortnight after his contract at Stuttgart was cancelled.

Marica, 25, was said to have undergone talks with Blackburn recently, but he has opted to remain in the Bundesliga and signed a two-year deal with Schalke.

“He knows the Bundesliga, speaks many languages and, above all, is a free transfer,” Schalke’s sporting director Horst Heldt told the club’s official website. We are happy the transfer has come off, because several well-known European clubs were also very interested in signing the player.”

Marica’s Stuttgart contract, which had been due to expire next summer, was terminated by mutual consent earlier this month. He had joined the club from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2007.

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