Summary

  • Klinsmann hails Pulisic's "unlimited potential".
  • Pulisic has two Bundesliga goals and four assists so far this season.
  • BVB youngster part of USMNT squad to face Mexico and Costa Rica.

USMNT coach Jürgen Klinsmann has once again sung the praises of young Borussia Dortmund starlet Christian Pulisic.

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Klinsmann, a former FC Bayern München player and coach, has been at the helm of the USMNT since July 2011 and is currently working with his squad as they prepare for two crucial FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying matches against Mexico and Costa Rica.

In an interview with fifa.com, the 52-year-old responded to a question asking if Pulisic was the 'American Messi' by saying: "He's certainly got absolutely unlimited potential. I've always said you have to make your own destiny, and he's doing exactly that. In America it's the exception rather than the rule to have a player who's so well developed at that age, but in Europe they live by the maxim 'if you're good enough, you're old enough'.

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"He's taken his fate in his own hands, " Klinsmann continued. "Pulisic is exactly the kind of puzzle piece we were hoping for this year. On top of that, he's a wonderful example for other young players of what's required to play at the very top and to prove yourself there."

Pulisic, who only turned 18 in September, burst onto the scene at the start of the year after impressing Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel in training. He was included in the first-team squad's winter training camp in Dubai and made his Bundesliga debut on Matchday 19 on 31 January. He has smashed a host of records since then, including becoming the youngest foreign-born player to score a goal in the German top flight, and has scored twice and provided four assists in the league so far this season.

USMNT boss Jürgen Klinsmann is delighted to have Christian Pulisic among his squad.

"It's fantastic that Pulisic is playing for Dortmund in their crucial games in the Bundesliga, and that he's also getting game time in the Champions League," added Klinsmann. "Who would have thought that'd be the case a year ago? Nobody."

While that is undoubtedly true, the Hershey, Pennsylvania native is now a mainstay both at Dortmund and in the USMNT, and he featured prominently in the USA side that reached the semi-finals of the 2016 Copa America Centenario. He is currently one of seven Bundesliga-based players in America's squad as they look to edge closer to a place at the next World Cup.