Christian Pulisic: Flying the American flag
“He’s one of our own.” It’s a chant heard at Stamford Bridge in praise of players. Now American Chelsea fans are set to sing it about Christian Pulisic.
Pulisic is spending the rest of the campaign on loan with Dortmund before linking up with the Blues ahead of the 2019/20 season.
The 20-year-old has signed a five-and-a-half year contract, and becomes the third American player in our history after his international team-mate, Matt Miazga, and Roy Wegerle.
Agile, quick and two-footed, Pulisic is naturally a right winger, but is also comfortable playing on the left or behind a striker.
Born in Hershey, Pennsylvania, he is the son of two former footballers, and spent time in England as a child, where he played with Northamptonshire side Brackley Town before moving back to the States.
With a number of European clubs monitoring his progress, Pulisic signed for Dortmund as a 16-year-old in early 2015, quickly rising through the academy ranks to make his senior debut a year later.
His first half-season in the Bundesliga provided nine appearances and two goals, and he became a regular under Thomas Tuchel during the 2016/17 campaign, adding more than 60 league appearances over the next two years.
A series of minor injuries have limited Pulisic’s playing time this season, but he has still made 18 appearances, scoring three times, including a Champions League winner at Club Brugge in December.
A US international, Pulisic was voted his country’s Player of the Year in 2017, and has so far earned 23 caps, scoring nine times. He also holds a Croatian passport.