Fans of the U.S. Men’s National Team need to watch out for one name: Christian Pulisic. The young 19-year-old is currently the hottest American soccer prospect in the country. The attacking midfielder has been splitting his time between the National club and Borussia Dortmund as he gears up for the next step in his career.
The Hershey, Pennsylvania native has soccer in his blood thanks to his dad, Mark Pulisic. Christian moved frequently as a child as his father took on many roles within the management side of professional soccer, including a stint in England. His father gave him the nickname ‘Figo’ at a young age in honor of Luis Figo, the legendary footballer. So, it’s no surprise that Christian developed into a high-flying midfielder like his idol.
The 5’8” Pulisic joined Borussia Dortmund when he just 16 years old. While many experts think he can join a higher-ranking club, Pulisic seems happy where he is. He recently signed a two-year deal with the club, ensuring his services until 2020. Even so, Real Madrid has been rumored as a suitor for Pulisic. The media continues to persist that Madrid President, Florentino Perez, is enamored with the young prospect.
In limited action, Pulisic has looked like one of the U.S. Men’s team’s best players, if not top player. American fans see their future hopes resting on the shoulders of Pulisic, who could optimistically play in the next five World Cups. In 7 games played with national team so far, Pulisic already has 4 goals and 7 points. His totals are second behind only Clint Dempsey, who has played in two more games than the talented midfielder.
As a teenager, Pulisic has already set numerous records due to his young age. His most significant record has to be when he became the youngest player in history to score a goal for the United States. Just a year ago, Pulisic scored a goal in a World Cup Qualifying match – the youngest player to do so at 17 years old. He has the potential to carve out even more spots in the record books if he suits up in the World Cup before he hits the age of 20.
The U.S. Men’s Team next plays on October 6th against Panama.