Christian Pulisic Has a Knack for Scoring, and He’s Only 18


“Those guys don’t come around very often,” goalkeeper Tim Howard said of Pulisic. “So you have to enjoy it and savor it, and we certainly are. We’re going to continue to lean on him as he grows.”

The goals keep coming because Pulisic moves relentlessly without the ball, probes for open space and finishes with the precision of a cardiac surgeon. In the penalty area, he stands up defenders — he does not panic or wobble — and then finds ways to beat them. In the field, battered and pummeled by older, bigger opponents trying to unnerve him, Pulisic absorbs the pounding, then gets back up.

He plays with fearlessness and confidence, befitting a talent who already has excelled at the international level, for his German club, Borussia Dortmund, in high-stakes matches in the Bundesliga and in the Champions League. And if moved, he…



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