USMNT’s Pulisic reveals English influence had huge impact

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He is the hottest prospect the U.S. national team has perhaps ever seen and 18-year-old Christian Pulisic has revealed time spent in England as a youngster helped turn him into the next group home of American soccer.

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In quotes via the Daily Mail the Borussia Dortmund youngster who has burst onto the scene over the past six months revealed that a stint spent living in England as a seven-year-old helped his love for the game grow.

His mother spent a year teaching in England and the family moved with her, living just outside London. Pulisic revealed how he and his father used to got to Premier League games and the team they supported was Manchester United.

Pulisic believes the influence of a soccer-mad nation at a young age helped him get to where he is today.

“It’s a big reason where I am today. A lot of people don’t realize but it really brought on my passion for the game,” Pulisic said. “After school every day, I was just out for hours in the park, playing with my schoolmates. That’s really where my love for the game started to come alive and that was a big part of my development.”

The fact that an American kid from Hershey, Pennsylvania is ripping it up for one of Europe’s biggest teams and has now become a starter for the USMNT under Jurgen Klinsmann is intriguing enough.

But it is just as intriguing to find out a little bit about how it all started.