Borussia Dortmund's Christian Pulisic (c.) celebrates his first senior international goal for the USMNT. - © gettyimages
Borussia Dortmund's Christian Pulisic (c.) celebrates his first senior international goal for the USMNT. - © gettyimages

Dortmund's Pulisic makes history as USMNT rout Bolivia

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."

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