It may not have come right from the start like some clamored for, but Christian Pulisic made his full U.S. men’s national team debut in a 4-0 drubbing of Guatemala on Tuesday.
Pulisic replaced Graham Zusi in the 81st minute of the win, as the 17-year-old attacker’s meteoric rise in 2016 continued in Columbus. In the span of two months, the Hershey, Pa. native has made his full pro debut with Borussia Dortmund and now his first ever appearance in World Cup qualifying. In the process, he became the youngest player to appear in a qualifier for the USMNT.
The youngster’s debut was nothing spectacular with the game already out of reach. Goals from Clint Dempsey, Geoff Cameron and Graham Zusi staked the U.S. to a 3-0 lead, with Jozy Altidore adding the fourth in the 90th minute of a comfortable win. Like he has this season for Dortmund, Pulisic didn’t look out of place during his abbreviated shift.
In the end, the three points secured in Columbus are much more important that Pulisic’s appearance (although it cap ties the dual national to the U.S.), as the U.S. continues on its quest to make an eight straight World Cup.
ESPN FC caught up with Pulisic after the match.
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