It’s been more than a month since Christian Pulisic’s titillated the American soccer public with form that somehow never seems to be anything but red hot. So, in this short-attention-span age of Pokemons and Skip-Its and Razor flip phones, he might as well have last played in the Mesozoic Age since we last saw him on the field in a USMNT kit in June.
Lest ye forget, Pulisic is still stupid good! A fact he was keen to remind us of on Tuesday.
Pulisic was held out of the Gold Cup on account of his BVB side’s preseason, which is more important for Pulisic because he is, incredibly enough at the age of 18, already a known starter for the USMNT XI. There is nothing to learn about Pulisic from the Gold Cup, and so he stayed in Europe, content to rest and gear up for the season in between a trip home to Hershey to greet his adoring chocolate-covered fans.
That of course allowed Pulisic to further assert his place at BVB for his new manager, former Ajax head man Peter Bosz. And it would seem Pulisic’s already off to the races.
In a friendly in China on Tuesday in the midst of BVB’s preseason cash grab tour, Pulisic assisted on two goals and drew a penalty for the third in a 3-1 win over AC Milan, which more or less broke FIFA’s Financial Fair Play rules to sign basically an entire new team this summer. Pulisic played on the left wing in Bosz’s super-charged setup and looked at times like the single most dangerous player on the field. On the first goal, it was his centering ball for Nuri Sahin that got BVB off to the races, and it was his perfectly placed cross that set up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the third. In between that, he was clipped on a lovely run into the box to earn a penalty for the second.
Pulisic still has it, folks. I know you were all worried.