September 18, 1998 (25)
Christian Pulisic is an American professional soccer player who plays as an attacking midfielder for Chelsea in the Premier League and the United States national team. He is considered one of the most promising young talents in American soccer history, and is known for his technical skills, speed, and creativity on the field. He began his professional career with Borussia Dortmund in Germany, where he won two Bundesliga titles before moving to Chelsea in 2019. He is also the youngest player to captain the United States men’s national team.
Christian Pulisic, often dubbed as the “Wonder Boy” of American soccer, has had a riveting journey marked by several crucial partnerships that have shaped his career. His collaboration with former Borussia Dortmund manager, Thomas Tuchel in 2016, saw a young Pulisic gain prominence on the global stage. Tuchel’s faith in Pulisic’s abilities resulted in the American’s remarkable performances in the Bundesliga, leaving an indelible mark on German football. The partnership between Pulisic and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, his teammate at Dortmund, was equally impactful. Their combined efforts led Dortmund to several victories, with both players often assisting each other’s goals.
Upon transferring to Chelsea in 2019, Pulisic formed a pivotal alliance with Frank Lampard. Under Lampard’s guidance, Pulisic honed his skills further, eventually becoming Chelsea’s key player. Lampard’s departure in 2021 saw a new collaboration begin as Thomas Tuchel (his former Dortmund manager) took over Chelsea, strengthening Pulisic’s role in the team. The partnership between Pulisic and his fellow forwards Mason Mount and Timo Werner at Chelsea, too, deserves mention. Their synchronicity and combined efforts have led to Chelsea scoring some spectacular goals, increasing their global fanbase.
Christian Pulisic has a trove of impressive achievements under his belt. In 2017, he was named the U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year, an honor that affirmed his prominence in American soccer at a very young age. The pivotal year was 2020 when Pulisic became the first American to score in an FA Cup final, even though Chelsea lost the match to Arsenal. Pulisic’s impact on Chelsea was further validated in 2021 when the team won the UEFA Champions League, a feat largely attributed to his efforts alongside his teammates. In the final, Pulisic became the first American player to participate in a Champions League final, marking yet another historical moment in his career. His performance in the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers led to the U.S. Men’s National Team securing a spot in the tournament, with Pulisic hailed as the team’s key player.