18-year-old Christian Pulisic is poised to be the best American soccer player of all-time. The Borussia Dortmund schemer is well on his way to becoming the player Freddy Adu was supposed to be.
Pulisic’s talent is of cosmic proportions, and, rather refreshingly, being thrust into the limelight the past 12 months hasn’t hampered his development, but rather honed his focus.
If Landon Donovan was a torch that brought the United States out of soccer’s dark ages, Christian Pulisic is a military grade halogen bulb that will illuminate the future. Here are the nine reasons why:
He's only 18 and plays for Borussia Dortmund, the second best team in Germany and a perennial Champions League contender.
The youngest non-German to score in the Bundesliga.
(April 17th, 2016 against Hamburg SV)
The youngest player to score two goals in the Bundesliga.
(April 23rd, 2016 against Stuttgart)
The youngest American to play in a World Cup qualifier.
(March 29th, 2016 against Guatemala)
The youngest player to score for the U.S. in the modern era.
(May 28th, 2016 against Bolivia in the Copa America Centenario) (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)
The youngest player to score for the U.S. in World Cup qualifier.
(September 2nd, 2016 against St. Vincent and the Grenadines)
The youngest player to score a brace in U.S. history.
(September 2nd, 2016 in a World Cup qualifier against St. Vincent and the Grenadines)
The youngest American to start a World Cup qualifier.
(September 6th, 2016 against Trinidad and Tobago) (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Pulisic turned pro three years earlier than LeBron did.
Pulisic’s rise has been a rapid one, from when Dortmund picked him in 2013 at Nike junior tournament – the attacking-midfielder won MVP. And it’s no surprise that the American international is now a regular in footballing rumour gossip columns.
Liverpool appear to be the most keen on the player, but would a move to the Premier League make sense? Or can Dortmund finally keep hold of their star players?