That’s right. Move over Hershey bars, Reese’s Cups, and all other products from “The Sweetest Place on Earth.” Chocolate Town’s newest top export is the 18-year old soccer phenom who is quickly stealing the hearts of US soccer fans around the country and even the world. After another impressive showing against Trinidad and Tobago, in which he scored a brace in the first 20 minutes of the second half, Christian Pulisic has the entire US soccer fan base eating out of the palm of his hands.
Over the last two games, Pulisic has been one of the lone bright spots for the team and easily their most consistent player. After scoring the lone goal in their tie against Venezuela last Saturday, Pulisic followed it up with two beauties on Thursday night. In the 52nd minute, the Wonder Boy’s beautiful timing was on display. Following Darlington Nagbe’s run down the right side of the field, Pulisic synced up DeAndre Yedlin’s cross towards the goal with a beautiful slide to knock the shot into the back of the net.
Just ten minutes later, Pulisic gave the crowd an encore with another beautiful goal. This goal started with another DeAndre Yedlin pass, this time to Jozy Altidore in the middle of the field, who served a beautiful one touch, chip through ball to Pulisic who made a perfectly timed run down the right side of the field to beat his defender and finished with a beautiful right-footed strike to the near post right passed Trinidad and Tobago’s keeper, Jan-Michael Williams.
After scoring the only three goals for the USMNT in the last two games, the kid is clearly becoming the centerpiece for the US’s offense. With four goals in his last four games for the Stars and Stripes, Pulisic is proving he isn’t just the future of this team; he’s the present too. It seems that if the US is going to have a chance against Mexico on Sunday, Pulisic is going to need to impact the game in some way or another. But the young star doesn’t seem to be shying away from the challenge or lacking confidence as the spotlight on him gets brighter.
Up until about 2002, Ohio was known for making machines and churning out bad sports teams on a rather consistent basis. But then, a young high school kid from Akron, LeBron James, got dubbed The Chosen One on the cover of Sports Illustrated and the entire landscape of the state changed.
Up until now, Hershey has unquestionably been associated with chocolate. But after his latest showings and with a big game against Mexico looming, Christian Pulisic is the new face of the town. And just like that kid from Akron says, “we are all witnesses.”
This post was written by our blog contributor: Jalen Russell, University of Virginia class of 2017 graduate and all-around sports guru, his focus typically lies with all things basketball, but he’s finding excitement in the current pulse of the soccer world.