Borussia Dortmund youngster Christian Pulisic was cap-tied to the United States when he came on as a substitute in the 81st minute of their 2018 World Cup qualifying match with Guatemala. There were concerns that Croatia were interested in having Pulisic, who was born in Hershey, Pennsylvania, play for their national team. He was eligible through his father and even has a Croatian passport. Those concerns, and many about the USMNT's World Cup qualifying campaign, were put to bed in Columbus, Ohio.
Jurgen Klinsmann opted to go with Graham Zusi from the start in what was a must-win game for the United States after a 2-0 loss in Guatemala a few days ago. The game was already in hand with the hosts leading 3-0 when Pulisic came into the game.
LINCOLN HIMSELF SMILES DOWN FROM THE HEAVENS AS THE NEXT GREAT HERO TAKES THE FIELD. HE IS THE ONE TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.— Fear The Wall (@FearTheWall) March 30, 2016
His cameo was short and he didn't have too much of a chance to impress, but he did get himself in good positions. He could've scored on Jozy Altidore's goal if Jozy had been feeling super generous and had made one more pass for the tap-in.
Just before the final whistle sounded Pulisic got past a few defenders with some tricky dribbling at the edge of the box. His final touch was too hard and was taken in by Guatemala's keeper, but it was representative of the skill that has so many Americans and Dortmund fans excited to see what he can do for their respective teams.
Jurgen Klinsmann had some high praise for Pulisic after the game.
JK: "Our goal was to get Christian Pulisic some minutes and even in his limited minutes you could see the talent he has."— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) March 30, 2016
Pulisic made his debut for Dortmund's senior team when he came on as a sub in the 70th minute of a 0-0 draw away to Hertha Berlin. The American has only made five appearances off the bench for Thomas Tuchel's senior squad, but he will certainly be handed a slightly larger role next season.
The 17-year-old, who turns 18 in December, had only made appearances for the United States at the U-15 and U-17 levels before tonight. When he took the field in Columbus he became the youngest American to ever play in a World Cup qualifier.
What do you think Pulisic's role will be with Dortmund going forward? Just how much time will he see with the Senior team next year?