Pulisic disappoints in Dortmund's U-19 loss

After starting in three consecutive Bundesliga games, Christian Pulisic played 25 minutes during one appearance in Borussia Dortmund's last two league games, and Tuesday was not a good day for Dortmund's young American star either.

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.

3 comments about "Pulisic disappoints in Dortmund's U-19 loss".
  1. David Alper, May 11, 2016 at 1:58 p.m.

    Why is this important?
    What is the fascination with teenage "next superstars"?
    Last I checked, the greatest players in the world right now, are all in their mid to late 20's. Even Neymar is 24.
    Perhaps we should be continuing to foster the development of Christian Pulisic and stop reviewing every performance.
    It's almost bordering on the absurd.
    I truly question the "soccer/football" knowledge of these writers.

  2. Margaret Manning, May 11, 2016 at 2:08 p.m.

    Please stop damaging the careers of kids who are playing soccer. Heralding them as the Next Big Thing, then using words like "disappoint"--when the kid is playing in the Bundesliga, for pete's sake--is idiotic and, yes, damaging.

    If you run out of things to write about, try asking why the USA is even talking about a WC 2022 bid while FIFA corruption remains rampant.

  3. Joe Linzner, May 11, 2016 at 3:22 p.m.

    It's not just the reporters. Just check out the expertise in Big Soccer where everyone is an expert!

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