This is becoming an all too familiar sitting. Weston McKennie has had a number of off-field issues and the latest one seems to have crossed the line.
McKennie has been sent back to Italy earlier than expected due to multiple violations of Covid-19 protocols set by his national team. According to Jeff Carlisle, a U.S. soccer correspondent, McKennie was sent home for bringing an unauthorized person inside the team’s bubble. In addition, he also spent a night outside the bubble.
Some reports suggest that the unauthorized person is his USMNT teammates’ sister but that has yet to be confirmed.
His actions have put his national side under pressure. The USMNT have had their problems with the pandemic as key players have been sidelined due to the virus. Although issuing an apology via Instagram, McKennie was sent packing on Monday meaning he’ll miss their crucial World Cup qualifier against Honduras.
This isn’t the first time he caused problems for his team. Back in April, he alongside his teammates Paulo Dybala and Arthur had been suspended by then-Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo for hosting a party. Their absences were felt when Juventus drew against their city rivals Torino.
If McKennie continues his off-field drama, his Juventus future could be in doubt.