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Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic has been called up for international duty to represent his homeland – the United States men’s national team who are scheduled to play two friendly games against Mexico and Uruguay.
At just age 20, the Chelsea January signing is the captain of the US men’s team that are in a rebuilding process under Greg Berhalter after missing out on the 2018 World Cup.
Pulisic is one of six forwards called up by Berhalter to the US national team, and the US men’s team head coach Gregg Berhalter expects Pulisic to be an influence further up the pitch.
According to Espn, Berhalter said about Pulisic: “I think Christian has a unique skill set.
“He’s a great attacking player and we want to put him in position to affect the game.
“We’re open to where we’re using him. We’ve used him centrally and on the wing before. All those things keep adding up to the fact that we want him affecting the game in a positive way.”
Pulisic is currently the most expensive American player of all time, and while explaining his rise to the top, he revealed that his dad played a prominent role.
He told Chelsea magazine: “My earliest memories of the sport are making my own goal and just shooting this mini-ball at my dad. That’s the first thing I can remember, just shooting over and over and over. I don’t know how old I was, but it is one of the earliest things I can remember, so I must have been pretty young.
“I wish I could remember it better than I do, but I remember playing for Brackley and I loved it here. After school every day I would go out to the court and play with these kids I barely even knew and I would just play football every single day for hours.
“When I was young I was actually kind of into all sports. Just like any American kid I enjoyed everything, but I kept coming back to soccer. I think I knew I was good at a young age, but I specifically remember after playing for the national Under-17s team when we beat Brazil in a Nike friendly competition and I won MVP for the tournament. After that was when I truly felt like I was going to take this game somewhere, and I followed that as far as I could.”