Christian Pulisic is an American winger who was born and raised in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He played for soccer club PA Classics before he moved to Germany to sign with Borussia Dortmund’s academy at the age of 16. He broke into the first team just a year later in 2016 and never looked back, scoring 15 and assisting 24 in 115 appearances for the club.
As far as his international career has gone, Christian has been a standout American player since he first broke into the U-15 side. Scoring two goals in 10 appearances before debuting for the U-17s. He scored 20 goals in 34 games for the U-17 team.
In March of 2016, Pulisic made his debut for the senior national team at the age of 17, with huge amounts of support from the fanbase. So far he has 9 goals and 7 assists in 23 appearances for the senior side and has already captained the team at the age of 20.
Pulisic has much to learn, but he has proven that he can hold strong even against some of the best in the world (which can be seen in this video of him vs. Real Madrid in the Champions League Here)
You can see through some of these plays the strengths that he can bring to the team, especially in the area of low-driven crosses, which are perfect for Sarriball. One of the biggest component of Sarri’s successful Napoli team last season was that their crosses were usually low, driven balls to the penalty spot where the attackers could finish, and Pulisic excels at them. Another strength he brings to the squad is being able to open up space in the final third, something that the team as a whole has been struggling with against weaker sides this season.
His work rate is excellent, and his passion for the game and his club is very evident on the field. He has weaknesses in that he is still a young player growing into a more mature one, and he’s slowly becoming more technical and mature in his game.
Chelsea have bought him for a price of around $72.7M (64 million euros), which more than triples the highest transfer sum for an American player, and makes him the 26th most expensive transfer in history. He will spend the rest of the season in Germany to finish out with Dortmund, so be on the look for him to have some new energy and continue improving for them (they kept him for a reason).
You can also watch Pulisic with the United States Men’s National Team this summer at the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which will also be hosted by the United States.
He has the confidence to succeed and the support of an entire nation and us Blues behind him, back him guys, we got a good one.
Written by Liam Hungate