Just like that, Christian Pulisic is off and running for the 2017-18 season.
The 18-year-old (he doesn’t turn 19 for another month and a half) needed barely 11 full minutes to bag his first goal of the brand new season, Saturday in Borussia Dortmund’s German Supercup clash with — who else? — Bayern Munich. In the process, Pulisic became the first American to score a goal in the curtain-raising exhibition.
Rather than benefiting from the brilliance of teammates and reaping the rewards himself, Pulisic did it all on his own this time, closing down and dispossessing Javi Martinez before racking in one-on-one with Sven Ulreich and slotting it past the Bayern goalkeeper to put Dortmund 1-0 up on Bayern.