Summary

  • Pulisic becomes USMNT's youngest goalscorer, aged 17 years, 253 days.
  • Was making third senior appearance for Klinsmann's side.
  • Hertha's Brooks also on target in comfortable 4-0 win.

Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Christian Pulisic became the youngest goalscorer in the modern era of the USMNT in Saturday's 4-0 friendly drubbing of Bolivia.

The landmark goal came in the 69th minute with the Stars and Stripes already 3-0 up, and just six minutes after Pulisic had entered the fray as a second-half substitute.

"It was amazing, I can't explain it," Pulisic said after surpassing Juan Agudelo as the youngest-ever U.S. goalscorer, aged 17 years and 253 days. "It's always amazing just to get on the field, and to score was just incredible. To be able to celebrate with my teammates, and hear the fans, is amazing. A goal always brings confidence up so I'm feeling great right now, but I've always tried to be confident no matter what happened."

'He loves to play'

2016 has been quite the year for Hershey native Pulisic, who only made his professional debut in January. He scored his first Bundesliga goal in Dortmund's 3-0 win against Hamburger SV on 17 April, little over a fortnight after being capped for the first time by the USMNT. Saturday's outing represented the young midfielder's third appearance for Jürgen Klinsmann's side.

"He's a good kid," enthused USMNT captain and former Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder Michael Bradley. "One thing you notice straightaway is that he's most comfortable on the field. He loves to play, which I can relate to. In certain moments, you have guys who, in some ways, enjoy all the other stuff just as much, if not more, than just the pure playing. With Christian I think, he's come into the group, he listens, he pays attention, but ultimately when he gets on the field you can see that's what he loves most."

Pulisic (r.) has made quite the impression on his more experienced teammates.

Brooks on the scoresheet

Hertha Berlin defender John Anthony Brooks was also on target in Kansas City, while 1. FC Union Berlin striker Bobby Wood, who will join Hamburg in the summer, completed the full 90 minutes. Gladbach utility man Fabian Johnson came on at half-time.

The USMNT kick-off their Copa America Centenario campaign against Colombia at the Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on 4 June. Costa Rica and Paraguay complete Group A.