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U.S. youth international Haji Wright scores four goals for Schalke in 9-1 win

United States youth international Haji Wright scored four goals in just 16 minutes for Schalke in their 9-1 win over sixth-tier side SpVgg Erkenschwick.

Wright and his teammates Weston McKennie and Luke Hemmrich have been promoted to Schalke's senior squad ahead of the season, and are currently fighting for a permanent place under new head coach Domenico Tedesco.

The 19-year-old made one step toward that when scoring four goals in only 16 minutes in Schalke's first preseason friendly of the summer.

"I want to win silverware with Schalke," Wright told reporters following the friendly, and said he is now looking forward to the club's tour of Asia starting next Sunday. "This will be a great experience. I have never been to China," he said. "I'm happy that the manager put his faith in me and I got to play. I feel incredibly proud to have scored four goals."

"It's my dream to play for Schalke," he said. "The more I train with the team, the more I feel like I belong. I want to be improving every day in training and continue to perform well in order to put myself in the best position for selection."

Wright was an unused substitute in Schalke's last match of the 2016-17 season where his U.S. teammate Weston McKennie made his Bundesliga debut.

The attacker was a key player for Schalke's under-19 team last season, and also trained with the senior squad during their winter training camp.