The United States men's national team will be without its two best, young players for this month's friendlies against Peru and Colombia. Just days after it was announced that Christian Pulisic would miss the games due to a calf injury, Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie will also miss the games due to an injury. CBS Sports first reported McKennie's injury on Saturday night, and on Sunday afternoon U.S. Soccer confirmed the news, announcing he'd be replaced by Toronto FC's Marky Delgado.
The source told CBS Sports on Saturday that he would stay in Germany to recover from his right adductor injury and that he would miss 1-2 weeks. That timetable could see him return for his club's next game on Oct. 2 against Werder Bremen.
It's a blow for fans who were set to the see the U.S. play, but it's the right choice for the player. The travel to the U.S. and back to Germany, to not even play, makes no sense. Staying home in Germany allows the player to recover, spend time with the Schalke medical staff and get himself back to 100 percent.
McKennie scored his first goal for the club midweek in the Champions League to beat Lokomotiv Moscow 1-0 before scoring again on Saturday, netting another winner against Fortuna Dusseldorf in the Bundesliga.