At 17 years old, I was coming to the end of my youth career and figuring out what to do next with my life. My days included FIFA, picking my arse, and dicking around with the bastards I call friends.
Nothing included playing professional soccer.
At 17, Christian Pulisic is the best thing to happen to American soccer since the arrival of Captain America, Landon Donovan, but with a better hairline.
No disrespect, Landon.
The boy has scored for the national team, he’s in the first team at Borussia Dortmund with some of the best footballers in the world, and did I mention he’s only 17?
On Friday with the USMNT playing St. Vincent and the Grenadines in a “crucial” WC Qualifier, Pulisic once again found himself riding the pine until the final 24 minutes where he balled the fuck out with 2 goals and an assist.
Yes, I do realize that St. Vincent is not your perennial soccer powerhouse, but why not give the starlet the opportunity to start?
I know it’s common for the US to get far too hyped about a successful young player and then become very sad once he’s flopped and the hopes of achieving anything with the national team are ruined.
Not enough Freddy Adu rumours for my liking. #DeadlineDay
— James Manning (@JamesManning) August 31, 2016
Christian Pulisic is of another breed; he’s receiving a European education in football and working at one of the top clubs in Europe.
Pulisic hype train doesn’t exist anymore. Now a hype ? #USMNT
— SOCCER.COM (@soccerdotcom) September 2, 2016
Following the qualifier, Jurgen Klinsmann spoke to the media regarding the playing time of the youngster.
Starting [Pulisic] is also questioning how long can he actually go, because we don’t know. He’s barely started [in] preseason, he hasn’t had any games. So we start him and suddenly he starts cramping up at 60 minutes because his legs aren’t built yet and you only have three subs. So these are kind of important things.
I smell bullshit.
Pulisic is ready to start and has proved his quality every bloody time he steps on the pitch wearing the American colors. The new generation needs to be able to flourish and not be restricted by the old regime.
Shades of V for Vendetta?
Pulisic spoke briefly about his playing time going forward for the USMNT,
I simply deserve to be on the pitch, I did more in 24 minutes than Graham Zusi did with that damn manbun in 66. Klinsmann needs to step his shit up and pass me the rock and let me ball out with my boy [Sacha] Kljestan. Don’t be a damn buzzkill, Jurgen.
The youngster is salivating for the opportunity to get goals, break necks, and cash checks.
So, what’s the damn hold up, Jurgen?