It seems like everyone has an opinion on Christian Pulisic these days. I bet even your mailman has a “hot take” on the rise of American soccer’s next great hope. While everyone wants to take the most precautions possible and not over-hype the 17-year-old’s meteoric rise, most just can’t help but gush over his talent.
Both his club manager and a prominent national team teammate, who has dealt with his own hype, are no different.
Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel spoke about the U.S. international’s exploits in World Cup qualifying during his pre-match press conference on Friday. He acknowledged that he was pleased with his performance with the USMNT and that it “only confirms his outstanding talent.”
Thomas Tuchel: "Wir freuen uns, dass Pulisic so erfolgreich für die USA spielt. Das bestätigt sein herausragendes Talent.“ #rblbvb— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) September 9, 2016
Tuchel also eased concerns about Pulisic’s decline in playing time chalking up his exclusion from match day squads to him arriving late in preseason after resting from international duty.
Tuchel says Pulisic's play "speaks for itself", said his exclusion from the team sheet so far is due to the late start in his preparations.— DW Sports (@dw_sports) September 9, 2016
His manager isn’t the only one singing his praises either. USMNT striker Jordan Morris was asked after a training session with the Seattle Sounders on Thursday about playing with Pulisic for the first time. Morris, who has experience in getting massive amounts of praise from the public, heaped the plaudits on the youngster.
“He’s obviously a very good young talent,” Morris said after Sounders practice, having landed back in town from national team duty yesterday afternoon. “It’ll be exciting to watch him continue to grow and continue on the same path. He’s a great player.
“His is a little different. He’s on a different level. But just don’t read into that too much. Stay grounded and keep working hard. … Everyone can continue to keep improving. He’s definitely on the right track. He’s a great kid.”
Everyone is thrilled about Pulisic’s performance with the national team. Hopefully this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of his production and potential impact with the USMNT.