Following an impressive showing with the U.S. men's national team in World Cup qualifying, Christian Pulisic has earned his first start of the Borussia Dortmund season, and it's on a major stage.
Pulisic, who turns 18 on Sunday, started for Dortmund in its Champions League opener against Legia Warsaw. Pulisic hasn't yet appeared in league play for Dortmund after making nine appearances (four starts) and scoring two goals last season. He was also an unused substitute during the German Super Cup and Dortmund's first-round match in the German Cup.
Pulisic made quite the impression for the U.S. in World Cup qualifying matches against St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago, with veteran goalkeeper Tim Howard telling SI's Grant Wahl, “I don’t know what it’s like to have that much confidence at that age. It’s incredible. It reminds me a little of the other guy who used to wear No. 10 [Landon Donovan].”