Borussia Dortmund forward Christian Pulisic has been nominated for the prestigious ESPY award for excellence in sports.

The 2017 winner of the lucrative award, which is handed out annually in the USA, will be announced at a ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. Pulisic is one of five names in the running for Best Breakthrough Athlete, alongside NBA basketballer Giannis Antetokounmpo, gymnast Laurie Hernandes, MLB baseball star Aaron Judge and Dak Prescott from NFL (American football).

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Pulisic, who stars for the USA's national team, could become the first footballer ever to win the award, with stars of baseball, basketball and American football dominating the prize since golfer Tiger Woods won it back in 1997 as the only victor from another sporting discipline.

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Pulisic committed his future to Dortmund by signing a new contract through to 2020 back in January. He scored five goals in 43 competitive games for Dortmund last season, contributing to their DFB Cup triumph and qualification for the UEFA Champions League.

This summer, he has almost single-handedly got the USMNT's World Cup qualifying campaign back on track, equalising in the 1-1 draw against Venezuela and then dazzling with two more goals in a 2-0 win over Trindad & Tobago.

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