U.S. winger Christian Pulisic is getting lots of playing time lately for Borussia Dortmund in his first full season with the first time, but you might be surprised to hear how Dortmund first started paying attention to the 18-year-old Pennsylvania native.
Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said last week that his club was originally scouting a different U.S. Under-17 player at a tournament in Turkey back in 2014—I’m told that player was Haji Wright, who is now at Dortmund rival Schalke.
But Zorc said the Dortmund scouts fell in love with another player on that U.S. team—Pulisic—who had the speed and the technical skills that fit the Dortmund style.
Zorc said Dortmund switched its target to Pulisic that week, and the rest is history.
Christian Pulisic: Budding career of USA, Borussia Dortmund's rising star
Pulisic has two Bundesliga goals in seven games this season, matching his output in nine games during the last half of Dortmund's 2015-16 season. He earned the start in three of Dortmund's first four Champions League group matches this season and helped set up an equalizer against Real Madrid off the bench in late September.
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