Biography

Christian Pulisic

Christian Pulisic is an American footballer currently at Borussia Dortmund. Find out more about Christian in our in-depth biography

American footballer Christian Pulisic Photo: Christian Pulisic / Instagram

Christian Pulisic is an American footballer who currently plays for Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund.

Pulisic grew up playing for local U.S. Soccer Development Academy club PA Classics.

Christian moved to Germany to join Borussia Dortmund at the age of 16 in February 2015.

The United States playmaker made his Dortmund debut in a 2–0 win against FC Ingolstadt on 30 January 2016.

Christian won the German Cup in the 2016-17 season to secure his first senior trophy.

Pulisic has netted nine times in 21 games for the United States national team.

Personal Information:

Date of birth: 18 September 1998
Age: 20 years old
Place of birth: Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA
Nationality: American
Height: 173cm / 5ft 8ins
Weight: 70kg / 139 lbs
Wages: £23,000 a week
Transfer value: £40 million
Shirt number: 22

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Early career

Christian played for Michigan Rush during a brief stint in Michigan.

His family move to Hershey, Pennsylvania and Pulisic trained with local U.S. Soccer Development Academy club PA Classics.

Pulisic got some first-team experience Harrisburg City Islanders (renamed Penn FC) as a teenager.

Borussia Dortmund

Christian completed a move to Borussia Dortmund at the age of 16 in February 2015.

He was placed in their Under-17 team and the American talent wasted no time leaving his mark at the German club.

Pulisic scored 10 goals and made eight assists in 15 appearances for the Dortmund youth team.

His electric form earned him a call up to the Dortmund senior squad under Jurgen Klopp’s replacement Thomas Tuchel.

He scored one goal and made two assists during two mid-season friendlies in December to catch the manager’s eye.

Christian made his professional debut as a substitute in a 2-0 win over FC Ingolstadt on 30 January 2016.

He made his Europa League debut in a 2-0 win over Portuguese giants FC Porto on 18 February. Pulisic made further appearances from the bench in Europa League fixtures against Tottenham Hotspur and Klopp’s Liverpool FC team.

Dortmund’s European adventure was ended after a 4-3 loss to Liverpool FC at Anfield in the Europa League quarter-finals.

Pulisic scored in his first Bundesliga start in a 3-0 win over rivals Hamburg on 17 April 2016.

Six days later, Christian scored in successive Bundesliga games in a 3-0 victory over Stuttgart.

Pulisic finished his first taste of professional football with two goals in four starts and eight substitute appearances.

Christian made his first start of the 2016-17 season in a 6-0 win over Polish side Legia Warsaw in the Champions League on 14 September 2016.

He made an assist in his Champions League debut.

Pulisic netted is first Bundesliga strike of his second season at Dortmund with a goal in a 6-0 victory over Darmstadt three days later.

He was a 76th minute substitute in Dortmund’s 2-2 draw with Champions League holders Real Madrid on 27 September.

Christian scored his second goal of the campaign in a 3-3 draw with Ingolstadt in October.

Pulisic started both of their games against Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League.

He lasted 60 minutes of their 2-2 at The Bernabeu in their final group stage fixture.

Christian didn’t get on the score sheet again until a 2-2 draw with Bayer Leverkusen at the start of March.

He netted in their 4-0 win over Benfica in the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 clash.

He put pen to paper on a new deal with Dortmund to keep him at the Westfalenstadion until 2020.

Pulisic didn’t score again in the remaining months of the 2016-17 season.

The American playmaker finished the campaign with five goals and nine assists in 43 games in all competitions during his first full season at Dortmund.

Pulisic was linked with a potential reunion with Klopp at Liverpool FC throughout the 2017 summer transfer window but a deal failed to materialise.

Christian scored in Dortmund’s 5-4 loss to Bayern Munich in the German Super Cup.

He found the net in their next game – a 3-0 victory over Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.

His next goal in a 3-0 win over Hamburg in the German top flight on 20 September.

Pulisic started their 3-1 loss to Tottenham at Wembley in their Champions League group stage fixture.

Christian, like Dortmund, struggled throughout the European campaign as the German side failed to make it out of a group containing Spurs, Real Madrid and APOEL Nicosia.

He ended a three-month goal drought with a goal in a 2-1 victory over Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga.

Pulisic netted his fourth and final goal of the Bundesliga campaign in a 3-0 win over Stuttgart on 8 April 2018.

He finished his second full season with five goals and five assists in 41 games in all competitions.

International career

Pulisic represented United States from Under-15 through to Under-17.

He earned his first call up to the United States senior team under Jurgen Klinsmann.

He made his debut under the German in a 4-0 win over Guatemala in their 2018 World Cup qualifier.

In doing so, Christian became the youngest American to play a World Cup qualifier.

Pulisic became the youngest player to score a goal for the United States in a 4-0 victory over Bolivia in May 2016.

Christian netted two goals and made two assists in a 6–0 victory over Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in their World Cup qualifier.

He netted two more goals in a victory over Trinidad and Tobago as well as finding the net against Panama.

Pulisic found the net in a 2-1 loss to Jamaica, which ultimately cost the United States their place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Personal life

Pulisic’s grandfather, Mate Pulišić, was born in Croatia on the island of Olib.

Pulisic applied for Croatian citizenship after moving to Germany (and the European Union) in order to avoid having to apply for a German work visa.

The Dortmund star rejected the chance to play for the Croatia national team.

Pulisic has a cousin, Will Pulisic, who has also represented the United States at the under-17 level, as a goalkeeper.

Interesting facts about Christian Pulisic

• Pulisic moved to Dortmund from Hershey, Pennsylvania. The town has a popular of less than 15,000 people. It gave the world Hershey’s chocolate.

• Christian’s parents Mark and Kelley both played collegiate soccer at George Mason University, with his father going on to play professional indoor soccer as a forward with the Harrisburg Heat in the 1990s.

• Pulisic made an appearance for Brackley Town during a brief stint in England as a kid.

• On his brief time at Brackley Town at the age of seven, Christian said:”A lot of people don’t realise but it really brought on my passion for the game. I just started to love it so much and I said: ‘Wow. I’m pretty good! I think I can do something with this game.’”

• Born on 18 September 1998, Pulisic shares a birthday with Hamburg’s Lewis Holtby and Schalke’s Max Meyer

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