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National media heaps praise on Leeds’ McKennie – his country’s “most consistent” performer

Leeds United midfielder Weston McKennie has been rated the highest out of all the USMNT players who appeared in yesterday evening’s 1-0 over El Salvador by US media outlet MLS Soccer.

The 24-year-old even ranked higher than high-flying striker Ricardo Pepi, who was given an 8/10 rating compared to Adams’ 8.5/10 one – despite the fact that Pepi scored the fixture’s decisive goal.

Pepi would have been unable to slot home if not for McKennie’s defence splitting pass in the game’s 63rd minute, however, a moment of brilliance which has earned the Leeds man plaudits.

McKennie’s impressive display comes just days after he scored twice in a 7-1 win against Grenada.

His assist – combined with his overall performance – saw him labelled the USMNT’s “most consistent” player on the night who fully succeeded in his role as a box-to-box midfielder.

“McKennie made up for missing a chance to score with his perfectly-weighted assist for Pepi’s goal. McKennie was the US’ most consistent player in build up play, doing well to find passing lanes and linking the team back to front,” they said.

The Leeds man will be hoping that he can continue delivering such quality in his performances when his side return to Premier League action this Saturday against league leaders Arsenal.

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