Dortmund coach lauds Pulisic: 'Joy to have him along'

Pennsylvania product Christian Pulisic entered Borussia Dortmund’s 2-0 win over Ingolstadt on Saturday in the 68th minute, making the 17-year-old the youngest American Bundesliga debutant and the eighth youngest player ever to see German first division action.

Youngest Bundesliga Debutants
1. Nuri Sahin (16 years, 335 days) Borussia Dortmund (2005)
2. Juergen Friedl (17 years, 25 days) Eintracht Frankfurt (1976)
3. Ibrahim Tanko (17 years, 60 days) Borussia Dortmund (1994)
4. Julian Draxler (17 years, 116 days) Schalke 04 (2011)
5. Marc Stendera (17 years, 117 days) Eintracht Frankfurt (2013)
6. Christian Woerns (17 years, 121 days) Mannheim (1989)
7. Christian Wueck (17 years, 132 days) Nuremberg (1990)
8. Christian Pulisic (17 years, 134 days) Borussia Dortmund (2016)
9. Lennart Hartman (17 years, 136 days) Hertha Berlin (2008)
10. Marc-Andre Kruska (17 years, 137 days) Bor. Dortmund (2004)

Pulisic, who is third youngest Bundesliga debutant of the last decade, replaced Colombian Adrian Ramos with the score tied, 0-0. Pulisic made several forays down the left wing as host Dortmund surged after it had struggled somewhat against Ingolstadt, which won promotion from the second division last season.

Pulisic vs Ingolstadt (Home) [DEBUT] 15/16 720p by guba1a from Daniel Gubala on Vimeo.

The former U.S. U-17 national team playmaker, who in 2015 starred for Borussia Dortmund's U-17 and U-19 teams, was promoted to the first team during the Bundesliga winter break and had an impressive run at the team’s camp in Dubai. He got an assist in an exhibition game against Eintracht Frankfurt and was on the bench for Dortmund during its 3-1 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach when the Bundesliga returned from its break. The following day he scored in a friendly against Union Berlin.

Christian Pulisic: Postgame Interview

"He had an absolutely top game," Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel told Bild after Pulisic's performance against Ingolstadt. "It was joy to have him along with his mischievous smile and his modesty. He seems shy, but he doesn't miss a beat."

Bild referred to Pulisic as "Das Ami-Juwel" ("the American Jewel").

1 comment about "Dortmund coach lauds Pulisic: 'Joy to have him along'".
  1. haendel lazo, February 3, 2016 at 6:47 p.m.

    dos the guy in the back looks like Klinsman assistent, U23 couch?

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