Date of birth: 18/09/1998 (17 years old)
Place of birth: Hershey, Pennsylvania (USA)
Youth career: PA Classics, Borussia Dortmund (since 2015)
Current club: Borussia Dortmund
Squad number: —
Current national team: USA U-17
Position: attacking midfielder, winger, second striker
Preferred foot: right
Market value (by transfermarkt.de): —
Tournaments participated in: 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup (3/1)
Contract until: 30.06.2016
Player’s agent: unknown
Similar type of player: combined playing styles of Mario Götze & Christian Eriksen
– physical strength
Style of play:
– modern number “10”/flamboyant winger
– likes to dribble
– likes to cut inside
– counter attack threat
– likes to be given a free role
– often uses his speed and skill to take on defenders
– plays with a natural flair and is dangerous in the box
– often uses his creativity to set up goals for other players
– possesses exceptional ability to maneuver in small spaces
– one-on-one situation specialist
– known for his “quick feet”, speed of movement and close control
– often makes surging runs into penalty box
– agile and moves the ball with ease
– very unpredictable for his opponents
– unique technical ability, good vision and confidence on the ball
He is best suited to playing as:
Attacking midfielder in 4-2-3-1.
2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship 3rd place with USA.
Bundesliga U17 2014/2015 winner with Borussia Dortmund.
No senior team appearances yet.
Christian Pulisic is one of the big hopes of football in America. In 2015, he joined Borussia Dortmund youth academy where basically right off the start he became a star in its U-17 set up, with whom he won the youth Bundesliga. Alongside him are other very talented players, such as Felix Passlack, Dzenis Burnic, Janni Serra or Jacob Bruun Larsen. He played at the FIFA U-17 World Cup, where the Americans disappointed and got knocked out in the group stages after a draw against Croatia and losses against Chile and Nigeria.
“Christian Pulisic may have been born in Hershey, Pennsylvania, but he’s not just a sweet treat. The young No10 is small and slight but has skill in spades – witness the elastic dribble in a USA Under-17 game against Trinidad & Tobago in March that brought his tricks to a wider audience – as well as serious self-belief. He is now on the books of Borussia Dortmund and expectations are lofty. Pulisic, the son of football-mad parents, had trained with Porto, Chelsea, Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven as a young teenager, but was considered physically lacking. So he went back to Pennsylvania, and did what teenagers do: played video games, watched movies, hung out with his friends – and played lots of soccer. He joined the US Under-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida, as its youngest recruit, and was spotted by Dortmund scouts. After a longish wait for his papers to come through, he is now eligible for Bundesliga youth matches – thanks to a Croatian grandfather. The US national programme has given Pulisic its blessing to pursue his European adventure with Dortmund: the perfect environment to hone his natural artistry and flair. ‘He’s not overpowering 15-year-olds,’ says Steve Klein, his former club coach in Pennsylvania. ‘He’s outthinking them and outplaying them, that’s his strength.”
Football Talent Scout potential rating:
First team material in a top European club.