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."
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.