Though a long-touted prospect, few could have predicted the type of contributions midfielder Christian Pulisic would make to both the U.S. Men’s National Team and Borussia Dortmund in 2016. Just 17 when the year began, Pulisic impressed during Dortmund’s winter break and went on to make his Bundesliga debut in January. Strong play for the German giants led to his first call-up to the U.S. Men’s National Team in March and over the course of the year, the now 18-year-old winger became an integral piece for both club and country.
- Made 11 appearances, tallying three goals and two assists during his debut year with the Men’s National Team.
- Collected U.S. Soccer’s 2016 Young Male Player of the Year.
- Made three appearances at Copa America Centenario, helping the U.S. to a fourth-place finish.
- Earned first senior team call up for the MNT’s World Cup Qualifying match against Guatemala on March 29, 2016.
- Entering that match in the 81st minute, he became the youngest MNT player to appear in a World Cup qualifier at 17 years, 193 days and helped close out the 4-0 win.
- Scoring in the 69th minute of a 4-0 rout of Bolivia on May 28, Pulisic became the MNT’s all-time youngest goal scorer at 17 years, 253 days.
- At 17 years, 349 days, became the youngest MNT player to score in a World Cup qualifier by tallying in the 71st minute of the MNT’s 6-0 at St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Sept. 2, 2016.
- Became the youngest MNT player to start a World Cup qualifier in the team’s 4-0 victory vs. Trinidad & Tobago on Sept. 6, 2016.
A product of U.S. Soccer Development Academy side PA Classics, Pulisic signed with Borussia Dortmund in February 2015. After impressing with the club’s U-17 and U-19 teams that year, Pulisic was invited to join the first team for training during the club’s winter break the following January, where he impressed and earned his Bundesliga debut later that month.
- Earned 13 appearances for Borussia Dortmund across all competitions, tallying two goals during the 2015-16 season.
- Made his Bundesliga debut on Jan. 30, 2016, coming on as a second-half substitute in Dortmund’s 2-0 win vs. Ingolstadt.
- At 17 years, 211 days, became the youngest non-German to score in the Bundesliga on April 17 vs. Hamburg.
- A week later he also became the youngest player ever to score two goals in the Bundesliga on April 23 vs. Stuttgart.
- Just days before his 18th birthday, Pulisic also became the youngest player to appear for Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League, helping in the club’s 6-0 win vs. Legia Warsaw on Sept. 14, 2016