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UEFA honors Christian Pulisic for Champions League breakthrough performance

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Big time.

Borussia Dortmund v Borussia Moenchengladbach - Bundesliga Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images

While 2016 may be remembered for truly rotten things like many pop culture deaths, there’s one good thing to come out of this awful year: Christian Pulisic

The American prodigy has continued his rapid ascent by earning a place in UEFA’s Breakthrough XI for the Champions League group stage.

The 18-year-old has appeared in every match for Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League. Starting five times and coming on once as a substitute. Officially, he’s recorded only one assist, but has been involved in some of the team’s biggest moments against the likes of Real Madrid that helped them win their group.

The future is undeniably bright for Pulisic both on the club and international levels. This is just another nice thing to say about a very exciting prospect coming into his own at the highest level possible.

Full Champions League Breakthrough XI:

Goalkeeper: Alphonse Aréola (Paris Saint-Germain)

Defender: Sergi Roberto (Barcelona)

Defender: Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona)

Defender: Victor Lindelöf (Benfica)

Midfielder: Thomas Lemar (Monaco)

Midfielder: Joshua Kimmich (Bayern München)

Midfielder: Renato Sanches (Bayern München)

Midfielder: Raphaël Guerriero (Borussia Dortmund)

Forward: Christian Pulišić (Borussia Dortmund)

Forward: André Silva (Porto)

Forward: Ousmane Dembélé (Borussia Dortmund)

Coach: Zinédine Zidane (Real Madrid)