Klinsmann: Pulisic making case for Copa Centenario

Could 17-year-old Christian Pulisic sneak into the USA's roster for this summer's Copa Centenario? Unlike Julian Green, who had one cameo appearance for Bayern Munich before being picked for the USA's 2014 World Cup team, Pulisic has started -- and scored -- for Borussia Dortmund and seen consistent minutes this spring. Jurgen Klinsmann on the case for Pulisic.



Pulisic has made 10 appearances for Dortmund since his debut on Jan. 30. He became the youngest non-German-born player to score in the Bundesliga history when he had the winner in Dortmund's 3-0 win over Hamburg on Sunday in his third league start.

The Pennsylvanian made his U.S. debut in the 4-0 win over Guatemala in World Cup 2018 qualifying in March and is now cap-tied to the USA. The appearance ended talk of Pulisic playing for Croatia -- he is only eligible to play for Dortmund at the age of 17 because of his Croatian passport he earned via his grandfather.

"For Christian, obviously it's been a very exciting ride over the last couple of months, scoring his first goal for Dortmund, starting a game in the Bundesliga, getting valuable minutes in that very, very intense environment," Klinsmann said in a Facebook video. "He sends messages out towards what happens with the national team as well.

"So we are just weeks away from the Copa America -- the biggest competition in the United States since 1994's World Cup. So he makes himself a case. And so he's similar to other players who try to get on the right track right now, trying to perform in their club teams and knock at the door of breaking into the 23-man roster for the Copa America."

Klinsmann mentioned Sunderland right back DeAndre Yedlin and Seattle Sounders forward Jordan Morris.

"It's definitely good to see young players like Christian, or like Jordan Morris, or other ones -- DeAndre Yedlin playing almost every game for Sunderland from the beginning on," he added, "and they are coming out really strong and sending a message to their coach in the U.S. 'I want to be in the Copa America.'"
4 comments about "Klinsmann: Pulisic making case for Copa Centenario".
  1. Wooden Ships, April 22, 2016 at 4:13 p.m.

    Evidently Yedlin is getting his positioning squared away. If he might be our long term right back then start him. It's time for JK to go with skill and youth on the attack-CP, BW and JM. Fabian is dynamic at left mid. And, I think our Norwegian keeper is the best one going forward. I want us to do well at the Copa, but more importantly get us clicking with more skill for the qualifying. Which isn't a given. Lets get some momentum for Russia with a team that can possess the ball.

  2. Allan Lindh, April 22, 2016 at 8:29 p.m.

    Maybe Klinnsman will start Pulisic at Center Back.

  3. Hat Trick, April 23, 2016 at 10:07 a.m.

    Wow Klinnsman is a real decision maker. Here we have a prodigy playing for a first division team in the Bundesliga and he is trying to decide whether are not to bring the kid up. Go figure.

  4. Scott Johnson replied, April 23, 2016 at 7:03 p.m.

    Of course, if Pulisic does crack the USMNT roster, you will see the usual whining from the MLS crowd...

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