Playing in the first leg of Germany's U-19 national championship semifinal -- hosted at Dortmund's massive Westfalenstadion in front of 15,117 fans watching for free (a new attendance record for German youth clubs), including Dortmund's entire first team -- the 17-year-old Hershey native looked like he was trying to impress at every turn.
The American teen is considered the top product in Dortmund's famed youth academy, and he's been outstanding since being promoted to the senior team in January.
Playing against 1860 Munich's U19 team, Pulisic offered up what was likely his worst performance since being deemed “the savior of U.S. soccer” by more than a few. But perhaps it was good for Pulisic to lay an egg as he -- for the first time -- appeared to be trying to justify the hype, if only to remind him (and American soccer fans), such a thing can only happen one step at time.
Dortmund gave up a 1-0 lead, losing 2-1 when 1860 Munich's Florian Neuhaus scored an amazing goal, lofting it past Dortmund's keeper from midfield in the 88th minute.