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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Zyen Jones, 17, becomes latest American to sign for Schalke

ESPN FC's Brian McBride echoes similar sentiments to DeAndre Yedlin, who believes quality players are "slipping through the net" in the U.S. development system.
In an interview on the Max & Herc Podcast, Bob Bradley explains how to give all American players, such as 19-year-old Manchester United defender Matt Olosunde, a chance to develop.

United States prospect Zyen Jones has signed with Bundesliga club Schalke after a successful trial.

Jones, a product of Atlanta United's academy, will join Schalke's under-19 team in the summer once he turns 18.

The forward has played for the United States under-17 team and scored twice at the CONCACAF U-17 Championship last year.

He is the latest American addition to Schalke, who have signed U.S. youth internationals Haji Wright, Nick Taitague and Weston McKennie in recent years.

McKennie has become a fixture in the senior squad and won his first senior U.S. cap in November, while Wright is on loan at second-tier club SV Sandhausen.

Taitague is in his final year with Schalke's Knappenschmiede youth academy, which has developed players including Manuel Neuer, Mesut Ozil, Julian Draxler and Leroy Sane.

Last year, Schalke executive Alexander Jobst said he believed there was a "growing number of talents with necessary skills who want to make it in Europe" in the U.S.

And in December, McKennie urged young talents to follow in his and Christian Pulisic's footsteps by coming to Germany to take the next step in their careers.

"If it's the right choice, if everything fits, if everything makes sense, I would say come," he said. "You don't want to start in MLS and always have the question in the back of your head if you could have made it over there? I didn't want that."

During his trial, first reported by ESPN FC last month, sources at Schalke describer Jones as "definitely an interesting player."

Chris Gloster, another American teenager, was also on trial at Schalke, but a contract offer does not appear to be forthcoming for the New York Red Bulls product.

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