Christian Pulisic

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Christian Pulisic
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Pulisic with the United States in 2019
Personal information
Full name Christian Mate Pulisic[1]
Date of birth (1998-09-18) September 18, 1998 (age 24)[2]
Place of birth Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[3]
Position(s) Attacking midfielder, winger
Club information
Current team
Number 10
Youth career
2005–2006 Brackley Town[4]
2006–2007 Michigan Rush[5]
2008–2015 PA Classics[6]
2015–2016 Borussia Dortmund
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2019 Borussia Dortmund 81 (10)
2019– Chelsea 90 (20)
2019Borussia Dortmund (loan) 9 (3)
National team
2012–2013 United States U15 10 (2)
2013–2015 United States U17 34 (20)
2016– United States 56 (22)
Representing  United States
Men's soccer
Runner-up 2019
CONCACAF Nations League
Winner 2021
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of January 5, 2023
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of December 3, 2022

Christian Mate Pulisic (/ˈmɑːt pəˈlɪsɪk, ˈpʊlɪʃɪ/;[7] Croatian: Pulišić,[8] pronounced [krǐstijan mǎːte pǔliʃitɕ];[9][10][11] born September 18, 1998) is an American soccer player. He plays for Premier League club Chelsea and the United States national team.[12] Pulisic is known for his dribbling abilities and explosive speed.[13] Because of this, he has been given the nickname "Captain America" by fans and other players.[14]

Pulisic began his career at German club Borussia Dortmund, where he quickly progressed through the team's youth academy, being in only 15 youth games. He was then promoted to the senior team in 2016, at the age of 17.[15] He did not play a lot in his first season at the club, but then he started to play more games in the next season. He became a mainstay in Dortmund and won the 2016–17 DFB-Pokal.[16] He finished second in the first Kopa Trophy which is given to the best player under age 21 in 2018.

In January 2019, Pulisic was transferred to Chelsea that costed $73 million (£57.6 million) making him the most expensive North American player of all time. He began playing for the club in the 2019–20 season.[17] He became the youngest Chelsea player to score a hat-trick, at 21 years old.[18]With Chelsea, he won the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League, 2021 UEFA Super Cup and 2021 FIFA Club World Cup, becoming the youngest Chelsea player and first American to score in the Champions League semi-finals and the first American to play in the Champions League final.[19][20]

Pulisic played for the United States at the under-15 and under-17 levels, before making his senior national team debut in March 2016 at age 17. He is the youngest player ever to captain the United States national team in the modern era.[20] He helped the U.S. get to the final of the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup and won the first 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League. Individually, he has won a U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year award and three U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year awards.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Squad List: FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2021: Chelsea FC" (PDF). FIFA. February 9, 2022. p. 1. Retrieved April 24, 2022.
  2. "Christian Pulisic: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved June 11, 2022.
  3. "Christian Pulisic". Retrieved December 3, 2022.
  4. Ames, Nick (May 31, 2016). "Christian Pulisic: the making of a young man ready to step up". Retrieved August 31, 2016 – via The Guardian.
  5. "Rush Alumni Christian Pulisic Makes Bundesliga Debut with Borussia Dortmund". Rush Soccer Club. October 3, 2016. Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  6. "Christian Pulisic". Archived from the original on February 2, 2016. Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  7. "Masters of Modern Soccer: Christian Pulisic and the Craft of the Attacking Midfielder". SI. Retrieved October 28, 2019.
  8. "Christian Pulišić – Chelsea – UCL". UEFA. Retrieved August 13, 2020.
  9. "Krìstijan". Hrvatski jezični portal (in Croatian). Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  10. "Máte". Hrvatski jezični portal (in Croatian). Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  11. "Púla". Hrvatski jezični portal (in Croatian). Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  12. "Christian Pulisic – USMNT – US Mens Soccer Official Site". Archived from the original on January 30, 2016. Retrieved January 26, 2016.
  13. "Top 50 players at 2022 World Cup, No. 39: Christian Pulisic". FOX Sports. Retrieved December 14, 2022.
  14. Kwesi, Marcus (August 2020). "Christian Pulisic Is 'Captain America' After Scoring Goal In FA Cup Final".
  15. Uersfeld, Stephan (January 5, 2016). "U.S. youngster Christian Pulisic trains with Borussia Dortmund first team". ESPN. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  16. Bird, Liviu. "USA's Pulisic a fast-rising talent at Dortmund". Retrieved January 26, 2016.
  17. Law, Matt (January 2, 2019). "Chelsea strike early in transfer window to sign Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic for £57.6m". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on January 11, 2022 – via
  18. Reporter, Metro Sport (October 26, 2019). "Christian Pulisic breaks Chelsea record with superb hat-trick against Burnley". Metro. Retrieved April 4, 2022.
  19. Staff, The Athletic. "Christian Pulisic: Chelsea forward becomes first American to play in and win men's Champions League final". The Athletic. Archived from the original on June 1, 2021. Retrieved February 13, 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  20. 20.0 20.1 "Christian Pulisic, 20, becomes youngest in modern era to captain U.S. men's national team in 1-0 loss to Italy". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 13, 2023.