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
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.'"