Borussia Dortmund’s 19-year-old winger Christian Pulisic has been crowned USA men’s national team footballer of the year. Pulisic has been an integral part of Dortmund since his debut under Thomas Tuchel. He enjoyed plenty of playing time in the 2016/17 season under the same manager and won the DFB Pokal with the Black and yellows. His goal and performance against Benfica in the second leg of the UCL last 16 cemented his status as one of the brightest young players in the world.
With Ousmane Dembele leaving for Barcelona in the summer and Marco Reus sidelined again with injury, Pulisic’ role at BVB has increased greatly this season. He is the go-to guy when the team needs that little bit of spark and creativity, and has 13 starts and two substitute appearances thus far for BvB this season, missing only one match because of injury, an established part of the club despite still being a teenager. He has two goals and an assist this season, with a MOTM honor under his belt while averaging 1.6 dribbles per match while passing at an 81% success rate.
At such a young age Pulisic has become the face of the USMNT. Despite missing out on the 2018 World Cup, he put on great performances consistently for his country.
Pulisic is the youngest American to play in a World Cup qualifier and also the youngest to score for the national team. His first goal came in May, 2016 in a 4-0 friendly win against Bolivia. He has 9 goals in 20 appearances for the USA after scoring 20 in 34 international matches as a U.S. U17.
On a video he posted on twitter Pulisic expressed his happiness at being named the best in the country and thanked the people who supported him.
— Christian Pulisic (@cpulisic_10) December 14, 2017
The boy from Hershey, Pennsylvania is living the dream and there is more to come from the boy wonder.