Who needs Ousmane Dembele when you have Christian Pulisic?
The 18-year-old American needed all of 22 minutes to score his first Bundesliga goal of the season and later added
an assist as Borussia Dortmund opened the campaign with a 3-0 win at Wolfsburg.
Pulisic, who also scored against Bayern Munich two weeks earlier in the German Super Cup, fired a shot from outside the area that slipped inside the far post. It
was followed by goals by Spaniard Marc Bartra and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the latter after taking a pass from Pulisic.
The game was the first league game under new Dutch
coach Peter Bosz, who arrived from Ajax in the offseason. If there were any doubts about how Pulisic would adjust under a new coach, he quickly put them to rest as Bosz described Pulisic and
German World Cup champion Mario Goetze, recovering from a long layoff, as "similarly brilliant."
Bosz admires complete effort.
"Christian Pulisic is still very young," said Bosz afterward, "but did really well today -- and not just because
of his goal. He was all over the field, created lots of dangerous situations and played really well."
Pulisic's value to the BVB attack has grown as it was playing without Dembele, who
remains suspended as he has refused to train while seeking a transfer to Barcelona.
Pulisic grades goal: 'B.' "I would probably
give my goal a B grade," the 18-year-old said after the game. "Marc's goal was a little bit better, an A for his effort. I think I just got the ball at my feet and I kind of just saw an opening, so I
just went for it and aimed for the back post and luckily it went in."
Pulisic, who had already scored in the German Supercup against Bayern Munich, said he was pleased to start off the
league season with a big away victory.
"We wanted to come out here today with a lot of confidence and show what we're all about and we were able to do that and get a nice win," Pulisic
said afterwards. "That was our goal: We wanted to go out and wanted to be really aggressive right from the first minute and I think we showed that."