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Christian Pulisic notches assist in lopsided Borussia Dortmund win


In the midst of a dominating 6-0 Borussia Dortmund victory over Legia Warsaw, Christian Pulisic marked his first UEFA Champions League start with a big milestone.

Pulisic wrapped up a strong 90 minute performance in his UCL debut by notching his first assist on a beautiful cross from the left wing, which was tapped home by Gonzalo Castro in the 76th minute.┬áIt was a fitting conclusion to a historic match for the young American star. He became Dortmund’s youngest ever UCL starter, just four days ahead of his 18th birthday, but played with poise well above his years throughout the rout.

Pulisic did his hype justice in his first action since the U.S. Men’s National Team’s recent World Cup qualifiers. He has not featured in Bundesliga play yet for Dortmund, but is seeking to earn his place in the starting eleven after opting to stay with the club during the summer transfer window.

Here’s a look at Pulisic’s assist:

    • johnnyrazor

      Fabian Johnson as noted below. Julian Green started once last year. Ethan Horvath started three matches last season, although in qualifying, they didn’t make the group stage. Sacha Kljestan made 16 starts from 2010-15 you also had Jermain Jones 2013/14. Oguchi Onyewu made some as well for Malaga and Standard Liege. Mix Diskerud made a start in 2009 for Stabaek in qualifying rounds. Its pretty rare, but the US has had at least one person make UCL starts for most of the last seven or eight years.

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      • Gary Page

        I’m pretty sure Michael Parkhurst played one year, maybe two. I remember one group stage game I saw where he played against Chelsea and had such a good game that he was chosen for the best XI in the CL that week. That was maybe 5 or 6 years ago.

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      • Nate Dollars

        hopefully this list will help put a stop to commenters overvaluing a “champions league player” — or even worse, europa league (i’m thinking specifically of kljestan). simply playing on a team in the champions league doesn’t mean much without context; it could just mean you play on a mediocre team in an awful league.


      • Nate Dollars

        to clarify: my comment wasn’t meant to be a slight on kljestan, who is a good player in great form. i was simply expressing my annoyance at commenters who would act like kljestan was a no-brainer callup just because he played on a champions league team.


    • johnnyrazor

      He looked untroubled by making his first CL start on the road but, Legia looked pretty bad. Ball pressure was almost nowhere to be seen for much of the match. Would have liked to see him out there with Kagawa instead of Gotze, I think they work really well together.


    • johnnyrazor

      I knew I was forgetting someone, Tim Howard had some for ManU as well, so that put us with at least one American starting almost every year for the last fifteen. Still not sure how many match days where we had two starting and one on the bench that might be a record.

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      • mal

        Has anyone mentioned Beasley? After all, he had perhaps the most important role in any Champions League run from any American, well, ever.


  • BombVoyage

    The only American to win a Champions League
    medal also played for Dortmund. Anyone know who he is?


  • dr.K

    He doesnt love to pass on the ground, He has been taught to pass on the ground because crossing the ball in the air is statistically the least efficient way to score ( sorry all you england fans). Look at how passionately these coaches tell players what to do. They teach.The usa coach is not too good at that. Neither are the english coaches (except Howe). Just remember how poorly coached all those USA prospects were at Stoke. NEVER send your kid to play in England.


    • johnnyrazor

      Hopefully the banning of headers at the lower levels will change that, not that too many U9 teams were lofting high balls into the box.


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