Klinsmann: Pulisic 'makes himself a case' for USA Copa America team
Rising U.S. men's national team and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisic could be part of the USA's Copa America Centenario squad this summer, according to U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann.
In a video posted on his personal Facebook page, Klinsmann praised the 17-year-old Pulisic for his growth at Dortmund, where he recently scored his first professional goal, and said that he "makes himself a case" for inclusion on the USA's team this summer. Klinsmann, who also singled out Jordan Morris and DeAndre Yedlin as young players with eyes on a roster spots, must submit that 23-man squad to Copa America organizers by May 20. Pulisic, who was eligible to represent Croatia, recently became cap-tied to the USA after appearing in a World Cup qualifier against Guatemala last month.
"For Christian, obviously, it's been a very exciting ride over the last couple of months," Klinsmann said. "For scoring his first goal for Dortmund, starting a game in the Bundesliga, getting valuable minutes in that very, very intense environment, he sends messages out toward what happens with the national team as well. We are just weeks away from the Copa America, the biggest competition in the United States since the 1994 World Cup, so he makes himself a case.
"And so similar to other players who try to get kind of on the right track right now trying to perform in their club teams and knock at the door of breaking into the 23-man roster for the Copa America. So it's definitely good to see young players like Christian or like a Jordan Morris or other ones, a DeAndre Yedlin, playing now almost every game for Sunderland ... coming out really strong and sending a message to their coach in the U.S., 'I want to be in the Copa America.'"
The USA will play Puerto Rico, Ecuador and Bolivia in preparation for the tournament opener, which takes place against Colombia on June 3 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.