Borussia Dortmund's Christian Pulisic stole the show as the USA downed Honduras 6-0 in what is being viewed as a pivotal game both for Pulisic and his country.

Playing in a central attacking midfield role, Pulisic scored one and set up a further three as he terrorised the Honduran defence and earned rave reviews. ESPN said that his performance had been a "coming-out party of epic proportions, reinforcing the obvious fact that he's the US's best attacking player at the age of 18," while USMNT coach Bruce Arena had equally warm words for the youngster.

"Christian's just a natural," he said. "The game's easy for him. He's got exceptional skill, vision, he's pretty smooth."

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Pulisic scored one and provided three assists in an outstanding individual performance which has earned widespread acclaim. © gettyimages / Ezra Shaw

His partnership with Clint Dempsey, who hit a hat-trick, and Jozy Altidore was the key to the USA picking up their first points of FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifying, putting them into a position where they can move into an automatic qualifying berth when they face Panama on Tuesday.

"I've kind of seen a little bit of this from Christian in the last couple of months," added Arena. "I think he's been exceptional the last couple months with Dortmund. It's clearly a position he's played a lot, and I felt it was the right decision to make."

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It was a decision Dempsey was also delighted with. "Man, he's a great player," he said. "He can beat people one-on-one on the dribble and creates mismatches because of that. Someone else has to try to push to him, and if you're able to make good runs he'll find you. It's great to have players like that who can win that one-on-one battle and kind of break teams open."

Pulisic’s next league appearance is likely to be in Gelsenkirchen next Saturday, when Dortmund travel to arch rivals Schalke for the 90th Bundesliga Revierderby.

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