At 22 Years, Is Christian Pulisic Already the Best American Soccer Player of All Time?

Published 08/13/2021, 1:12 PM EDT


USMNT captain and Chelsea superstar Christian Pulisic has a huge burden on his hands. The 22-year-old is the captain of his country’s football team and has already led his team to several trophies, which begets the question, is he the best American soccer player of all time?

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The current American football team is the best the country has had in years. Stars like Weston McKinnie and Miles Robinson are good leaders and mix well with the other members of the squad. However, make no mistake, this is Pulisic’s team.

The American footballer moved to Chelsea in a 60 million euro move from Dortmund in 2019. Ever since then, he hasn’t had the best time at the club after suffering from some injuries. Nevertheless, in those two seasons, he has won the biggest competition in the world of club football, the UEFA Champions League.

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He became the second American player to win the UCL after Jovan Kirovski did it with Borussia Dortmund in 1997. Pulisic has been on fire in the Premier League as well as he now holds the record for the fastest American to reach 10 Premier League goals. He also has a “Perfect” hat-trick in the Premier League, being the first American to do so since Clint Dempsey.

However, his form for his country sets him apart from all his other American counterparts and legends like Dempsey and Tim Howard.

Christian Pulisic and his form for the USMNT

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Pulisic holds the record for being the youngest player to score for the USA and the youngest captain too. His goal-scoring exploits have been vital for the USMNT, and now that the team is becoming better and better, Pulisic’s goals will become much more decisive.

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He won his country a major trophy this year. He scored the winning goal in the USA’s 3-2 win over Mexico in the 114th minute. America won the first-ever CONCACAF Nations League, and it was Pulisic’s first international trophy with the first team. However, if he progresses at this rate, this certainly won’t be his last.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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