Christian Pulisic, the 17-year-old Pennsylvania kid who has already played nine Bundesliga games, is one game away from winning his second German youth national championship.
It’s been a tremendous 2016 already for the midfielder who in 2015 played for the USA at the U-17 World Cup and helped Borussia Dortmund win the 2014-15 U-17 German national championship. Pulisic made his first-team Dortmund debut in January and went into the record books as the:
• Youngest American to debut in a major European league and eighth youngest Bundesliga debutant ever.
• Youngest American to play in European competition (Europa League).
• Youngest American to appear in World Cup qualifier (vs. Guatemala).
• Youngest player born outside Germany to score in the Bundesliga and youngest Bundesliga ever player to score two goals.
Last Sunday, in the German U-19 national championship, Pulisic scored the first goal in the Borussia Dortmund’s 2-0 win over 1860 Munich in a semifinal second leg that gave BVB a 3-2 aggregate win and a final date at Hoffenheim on Sunday.
Pulisic, who is on U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s preliminary roster for the Copa Centenario, played in 14 U-19 league games and three U-19 cup games in the 2015-16 season and scored eight goals (including this golazo) in 14 wins, one tie and two losses. Last season he played for both BVB's U-19 and U-17 team, for which he scored six goals in eight games in its run to the U-17 national championship.
U.S. U-17 boys tie Tanzania
Back row: Durkin, Foe Nuphaus, Akinola, Shaver, Sargent, Garces. Front row: Carleton, Goslin, Gloster, Villegas, Acosta. (Courtesy U.S. Soccer)
May 15 in Goa, India
USA 1 Tanzania 1. Goals: Akinola (Foe Nuphaus) 3; Abdallah (Mtesigwa) 15.
USA -- Garces; Gloster, Shaver, Durkin, Foe Nuphaus (Vasquez, 75); Goslin, Villegas (Sands, 62), Acosta; Carleton (Lemoine, 80), Sargent, Akinola.
Tanzania -- Kabwili; Kirabage, Msengi, Makamba, Job (Ally Shomari, 31); Ada, Nganzi, Juma; Mtesigwa (Naftal, 75), Abdallah, Mkomola (Ngawembele, 52).
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