Weston McKennie had plenty of reasons to celebrate. 

Weston McKennie not only became the first Ameriican to win Coppa Italia, he also set up the first goal of Juventus’ 2-1 victory over Atalanta at Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia, Italy Wednesday.

He became the sixth U.S. men’s national team player to win a cup this season, joining Sergino Dest (Spain), Gio Reyna (Germany), Zack Steffen (England), Mark McKenzie (Belgium) and Brenden Aaronson (Austria) to secure one for their respective clubs.

It also was Juve’s 14th Coppa Italia title.

 

McKennie, the second player to compete in the final, did his thing in the 31st minute. A ball was sent into the middle of the box to Ronaldo, who fell down. The U.S. men’s national team midfielder quickly gathered the ball and sent the ball out to Dejan Kulusevski, who curled a spectacular shot past goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini.

After Atalanta equalized, Federico Chiesa tallied the game-winner in the 76th minute.

The 22-year-old McKennie played the entire 90 minutes and four minutes of stoppage time.

McKennie and Juve have one more challenge on Serie A’s final day of the season as they try to secure another spot in next year’s UEFA Champions League. They must defeat Bologna and get some help from the results of some other matches.

Juve manager Andrea Pirlo, a former New York City FC midfielder, said at postgame press conference said that he would like to return to the team for the 2021-22 season. He has been under fire because Juventus has underachieved badly this season and is battling for fourth place after winning the Serie A crown for nine consecutive campaigns.44

“It was a great match, between two beautiful teams who fought to the end, a final worthy of this name, also a big celebration for the public, with everything that has happened this season,” Pirlo said.

“I would really like to sit on the Juventus bench again next year. I think I did my job well day by day, trying to win finals. I would like to continue; I love this club.”