Jadon Sancho made history for English players in Germany thanks to a little help from an American teenager.
Christian Pulisic dribbled free from a pack of would-be tacklers to cue up the ex-Manchester City player for a finish against Bayer Leverkusen in the 13th minute of a match at the Westfalenstadion on Saturday.
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Sancho just turned 18 on March 25, and becomes the youngest English goal scorer in Bundesliga history having entered the match with one assist in 415 Bundesliga minutes.
As for 19-year-old Pulisic, the USMNT prodigy has five goals and seven assists in 39 matches across all competitions this season.
Honest Christian (TM) will tell us if we’re wrong, but the American teen star scored one heck of a goal on Sunday and it was 100% on purpose.
Christian Pulisic bagged the opener against Stuttgart when he caught ex-Leicester keeper Ron-Robert Zieler off his line and drifted a shot into the side netting from well outside standard shooting range.
Some have asked whether the 19-year-old Pennsylvanian meant the shot and we firmly say, “Yes.”
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It’s Pulisic’s fourth league goal to go with five assists this season. He has another goal in Cup play and a Europa League assist.
Jurgen Klopp will take on Christian Pulisic and his old club Borussia Dortmund as Liverpool matches up against the German side for a preseason game in Nashville, TN before the start of the 2018/19 campaign.
According to a report by World Soccer Talk, the game will be played on Sunday, July 22 as part of the International Champions Cup. The ICC is well-known in Nashville, hosting Manchester City vs. Tottenham last summer with 56,000 people in attendance.
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Klopp managed Borussia Dortmund from 2008-2015, winning the Bundesliga twice plus a trio of cup titles. He was manager of the German club when American youngster Christian Pulisic signed for the youth squad. Pulisic now holds a firm grip on a first-team place, and his presence should add to the hype of Dortmund’s arrival in the United States.
World Soccer Talk also reported Friday that Dortmund will then travel to Pittsburgh to take on Tottenham Hotspur three days later on July 25. They will begin their United States tour with a visit to LAFC in late May, and they have an ICC meeting with Manchester City in Chicago two days before they play in Nashville. All these fixtures are not official, instead being reported by World Soccer Talk.
Michy Batshuayi scored a pair of goals in a thrilling Borussia Dortmund victory over Eintracht Frankfurt which featured stoppage time goals from both sides.
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Batshuayi scored in the fourth minute of stoppage time, two minutes after Danny Blum had pulled Frankfurt level as BVB won 3-2 on Sunday at Westfalenstadion.
Before that, BVB had answered an earlier Frankfurt equalizer as USMNT star Christian Pulisic returned to the Borussia Dortmund starting lineup on Sunday and worked a 1-2 with the club’s new favorite son.
Batshuayi scored that one just two minutes after Luka Jovic had scored for Frankfurt. Batshuayi has seven goals in eight appearances since joining BVB on loan from Chelsea.
Pulisic had been a sub for BVB’s last three league matches dating back to an 85-minute turn on Feb. 10 versus Hamburg. The 19-year-old American now has four goals and five assists this season.
BVB pulls into third place, a point behind rivals Schalke, and leaves Eintracht Frankfurt in fifth. The clubs entered the day level on points with 42.
It’s been an up-and-down season for Christian Pulisic, but the young American showed how deadly he can be on Thursday for his club side Borussia Dortmund.
Just seconds after entering the game for the German side, Pulisic provided an inch-perfect cross into the path of Andre Schurrle, who finished to pull Dortmund back to 2-1.
The Bundesliga club went on to lose the first leg fixture in their UEFA Europa League Round of 16 clash against Red Bull Salzburg, but the goal gives BVB a shot at advancing in the return leg.
This season, Pulisic has recorded six goals and five assists in all competitions for Dortmund.