Borussia Dortmund youngster Christian Pulisic has risen to new heights with blinding speed this season.
The buzz began around the United States when Dortmund manager Tom Tuchel named the 17-year-old American to the bench for a Bundesliga match against 5th-placed Borussia Monchengladbach in mid-January. He made his debut for the senior team just seven days later, and now with three straight substitute appearances under his belt, the kid is starting.
With attacking options like Shinji Kagawa and Marco Reus on the bench, Pulisic is starting on the left wing opposite Henrik Mkhitaryan, with the two supporting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang up front as Dortmund battles fourth-placed Bayer Leverkusen.
Pulisic, a Hershey, PA native, has made 34 appearances for the United States U-17 team, but may be forcing his way into the senior side should he earn a regular place among the Dortmund squad. Jurgen Klinsmann has repeatedly stated he prefers players who are playing regularly for their club, and he is known to support players who test themselves overseas, especially in Europe.
Today’s match kicks off at 9:30 a.m. ET, with Dortmund in second place in the league table, 11 points back of Bayern Munich and 13 points above Leverkusen.
UPDATE: With the score 0-0, Pulisic was brought off at halftime in favor of Marco Reus.