Exactly one year after making his international debut, we can feel completely comfortable thinking, saying, and believing that Christian Pulisic is the best American soccer player ever. Yes, in the (fairly) long and (sometimes) proud history of soccer in the United States, Pulisic is the best player to ever wear a national team jersey. There’s no reason to hide from it anymore; just admit, Pulisic is the best American soccer player we’ve ever seen.
Yes, other players have scored more goals, led the national team to greater accomplishments, and obviously played much longer. But in terms of skill, ability, poise, and sheer talent, we’ve never seen someone on his level.
This is said with all due respect to the likes of Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Brian McBride, Claudio Reyna, DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Bradley, Eric Wynalda, Cobi Jones, Eddie Pope, and so many others, but Pulisic is indeed in a category of his own.
Christian I think is just a natural. The game’s easy for him. He’s got exceptional skill, vision, he’s pretty smooth
Forget his age and his impact with the USMNT just for a second. The 18-year old from Hershey, PA plays for Borussia Dortmund, one of the biggest clubs in Germany and the world at large. But he doesn’t just play for Dortmund, he plays regularly and contributes regularly to a team in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
Many American players have featured on European clubs over the years, and several have experienced success. But no American has ever been this integral to a club as prominent in world soccer as Dortmund. Pulisic has impressed to the point of Dortmund viewing him as virtually untouchable when it comes to other clubs, including English giants Liverpool, trying to poach him on the transfer market.
If there were any lingering doubts about how exceptional Pulisic is, they were answered during the last two World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Panama. The 18-year old was either the finisher or the creative force in many of the team’s six goals against Honduras. He stepped onto the field and instantly became the catalyst in what was the team’s most important World Cup Qualifying match in recent memory.
Man, he’s a great player. He can beat people one-on-one on the dribble. He creates mismatches because of that. Someone else has to kind of push to him, and if you’re able to make good runs he’ll find you. It’s great to have players like that, that can win that one-v-one battle and break teams open.
He was equally instrumental against Panama. In a span of roughly 15 seconds, Pulisic showed off his ability to win a physical battle against an older and stronger player, displayed his incredible foot skills, and personified poise on the ball while assisting on Clint Dempsey’s goal. It was a stunning display, especially when you consider that it happened toward the end of a first-half in which the Panamanian players targeted Pulisic with foul after foul as an attempt to intimidate him and throw him off his game.
Granted, it’s all happened in a flash, and there’s still much more for Pulisic to prove and accomplish as a player. But it’s foolish to deny that he’s the best American soccer player we’ve ever seen. Never have we’ve seen an American fit so seamlessly into a world-class club like Borussia Dortmund and rarely have we seen a player make such a profound and lasting impression in his first 13 international caps.
Believe it when we say that Christian Pulisic is the greatest American soccer player. Ever.
Pulisic is destined for a World Player of the Year crown soon, right? Well here’s the winners of the Ballon d’Or had a certain Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo not been around!