When I was 17-years-old I was getting into fender-benders and failing chemistry class. Christian Pulisic won't be 18 until September but he's already making international headlines and playing in front of crowds of 80,000 people at the Westfalenstadion.
Pulisic came on in the 68th minute of Dortmund's 2-0 victory over Ingolstadt to make his Bundesliga debut, earning himself a 7 in our Player Ratings. Both BVB goals came after Pulisic's introduction to the midfield. While he was not directly responsible for either of Aubameyang's goals, the young American was successfully getting behind and breaking down an Ingolstadt defense that had been impenetrable for the previous 70 minutes.
Pulisic was born in Hershey, Pennsylvania and has represented the United States at the U-15 and U-17 levels. In October he captained the U-17 national team at the 2015 U-17 World Cup in Chile, tallying a goal and an assist in three games. In 34 appearances for the U-17's Pulisic has scored 20 goals.
A return of 20 goals from 34 games would be considered an impressive return for a striker, but remember Pulisic is a midfielder. His ability to create and score from the midfield is an exciting prospect for both Dortmund fans and Americans. American Dortmund fans will be on cloud nine after witnessing his debut in what could prove to be a crucial win for BVB.
There's no doubt Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel will also have been impressed with what he saw from Pulisic during his 25 minutes on the pitch. Dortmund's relative reluctance to wade into the transfer market this January can be interpreted as a sign that Tuchel wants to give youngsters like Pulisic a chance in the first team. Smooth debuts like this one from the Pennsylvanian prodigy will only further convince Tuchel that bringing a promising young player into the squad can be just as good as making a new signing.
It's not a stretch to think that Pulisic could receive a call-up to the Senior US National Team if he continues to see action with the Dortmund first team. We know how highly USMNT boss Jurgen Klinsmann thinks of the Bundesliga. Klinsmann's reign has seen a focus on bringing the American talent of the Bundesliga into the senior team. Ingolstadt's own Alfredo Morales has made 12 appearances for the senior team despite not being a big name or being that young. Klinsmann's head will have been turned by a 17-year-old seamlessly transitioning into one of the best teams in one of the best leagues in the world.