Christian Pulisic, who is turning heads with Borussia Dortmund and the U.S. men’s national team, was profiled on CBS’s 60 minutes on Sunday night, becoming the first American soccer player to be profiled on the show since Freddy Adu in 2004.
Adu, now 27, was dubbed “the next Pele” as a 14-year-old playing for D.C. United in MLS. However, he never reached those unrealistic expectations and became a journeyman after leaving Major League Soccer for Europe as a teenager.
Unlike Adu, Pulisic has lived up to his stratospheric heights so far. At 19, he is already a key starter for club and country. The teenager has scored or assisted nine of the last 11 U.S. goals, which has led to coach Bruce Arena believing the hype.
“He looks like a natural on the field and he moves gracefully,” said Arena. “He’s strong for his size, his speed is incredible, his first touch is good.
“It makes you think that this is gonna be perhaps the first American superstar in the sport.”
As high as the expectations are for Pulisic, even he knows that it comes with the territory as a player in a growing soccer nation.
“I think it’s what American fans, soccer fans do,” said Pulisic. “They’re looking for the next star, the next player to be the face of U.S. soccer and all the stuff I hear every day.”
Pulisic is certainly on the right path. He is at a team renowned for its youth development and despite receiving offers from clubs abroad, it appears the American sensation is right at home in the northwest of Germany.