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Weston McKennie was given the CONCACAF MVP award

The Juventus midfielder was involved in two of the three goals the United States Men’s national team scored in the Nations League final against Mexico on Sunday night.

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Weston McKennie was given the CONCACAF MVP award
Isaiah J. Downing USA TODAY Sports

Weston McKennie had a breakout season during his first year with Juventus and he kept up the good form with the national team in the CONCACAF Nations League finals. The 22-year-old started the game against Honduras in the semi final and went the full 90 minutes in the United States 1-0 victory.

He made his second start against Mexico in the final and was involved in two of the three goals the USMNT scored to win 3-2 in stoppage time and lift the trophy. In the first half McKennie's header hit the post and the ball landed in front of Gio Reyna, who found the back of the net for the equalizer. 

In the second half, the United States was trailing 2-1 and in the 82nd minute Weston McKennie saved the day. Gio Reyna sent in a cross inside the box and McKennie beat Mexico’s defenders to head in the ball and force extra time. After the game he was named Man of the Match and also voted the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

McKennie celebrated his MVP award

The 22-year-old has become a key player for boss Gregg Berhalter in the US formation. McKennie played all the games of the CONCACAF Nations League inaugural tournament and was fundamental in helping the USMNT lift the trophy.

This is his first trophy with the United States and the first one for the team since 2017. Now they have to turn the page quickly to prepare for the 2020 CONCACAF Gold Cup that was scheduled to start last summer, but was moved due to the coronavirus pandemic.