The talk of U.S. Soccer over the past month has been the remarkable rise of Christian Pulisic. The young American has gone from The Borussia Dortmund U-19 team all the way to starting a Bundesliga match against a top four club in a matter of just two months. Needless to say, the hype surrounding the Pennsylvania native has reached a fever pitch.
After last night's Copa America Centenario draw, United States manager Jurgen Klinsmann was asked about the phenom and if he could possibly feature in the tournament this Summer. The German praised Pulisic's meteoric rise, but remained non-committal on what level the 17-year-old will play for the U.S. when the time comes.
"Every kind of moment is different," Klinsmann said. "Every player situation is different. But it's just to monitor him right now and see him getting minutes with Dortmund. It's just exciting for us, there's no doubt about it. What consequence that has towards the summer, we'll see. We'll take it one day at a time."
-Jurgen Klinsmman; Source: FOX Sports
One major factor to consider when examining Pulisic's international future is that he's eligible to play for Croatia as well. While he has never shown any interest in switching allegiances, they are in pursuit of young talent and that has to be in the back of Klinsmann's mind when making this important decision. Don't be surprised to see Pulisic get a senior team call-up before the year is over if not much sooner.
If the U-23's fail to qualify for the Olympics in March, the odds of Pulisic getting that call-up will increase tenfold.