What Christian Pulisic’s big move could mean for him and U.S. Soccer programs around the country
Money talks, but in the world of soccer it tends to yell.
Neymar’s world record transfer fee of $263 million from Barcelona FC to Paris Saint Germain sent the world of soccer into a frenzy.
Since Neymar’s transfer it seems like the price for players has just kept going up, allowing players to have huge mega-transfers to new clubs. On Jan. 2, 2019, this is what happened for one very talented American.
Over the winter break something big happened in the sports world: the transfer window opened for professional soccer.
This doesn’t mean a lot to many of us in the United States, but this year it should.
This year, a young American soccer player, Christian Pulisic became the most expensive American soccer player ever when he transferred from Borussia Dortmund, in Germany, to Chelsea FC, of England, for a reported $73 million.
Chelsea FC immediately loaned Pulisic back to Borussia Dortmund, allowing him to continue playing for Borussia Dortmund while technically a Chelsea FC player, for the rest of the 2018-2019 season.
This means that Borussia Dortmund get to keep their star a little bit longer before cashing in on the young star.
The $73 million fee paid for Pulisic’s services also happens to place him third in Chelsea FC transfer history according to Sky Sports, just behind Kepa Arrizabalaga ($90.5 million) and Alvaro Morata ($75 million). To put it into prospective, the next most expensive American transfer was for $18.9 million, according to ESPN. While that is still a large amount of money, it pales in comparison to the numbers mentioned above, and to that of Pulisic’s transfer fee.
Outside of the United States soccer, or football as it is called in the rest of the world, is the world’s sport.
We here in America have struggled to make it on the international scene compared to other nations, and our domestic league is behind other nation’s professional leagues, particularly in Europe.
To have an American plying his trade in the Premier League, one of the top leagues in Europe, and making as big a splash as this is a monumental moment for US soccer.
As a nation we have had players in Europe before, and there are quite a few playing in Europe currently, but to have a player transfer to such a historic club for such a high fee is a first for the nation.
Christian Pulisic has been the hope for the US Men’s National Soccer Team (USMNT) for the past few years and has had a glittering rise to fame since he left his home in Hershey, Pennsylvania to play for Borussia Dortmund in Germany. He made his professional debut with the club at the young age of 17.
For the USMNT he has made 23 official senior team appearances and scored nine goals.
His transfer will hopefully allow him to continue his rise to fame as he will join a packed Chelsea FC team next season.
Soccer in the United States needs more players like Pulisic to compete on the world stage.
This past summer held the World Cup in Russia and the USMNT didn’t qualify for it.
Pulisic is a special talent, but it takes a team to compete at that level.
With Pulisic showing the world that the United States can produce world class players, hopefully more of the youth in the United States will play soccer and follow in his footsteps.
Pulisic’s transfer will be remembered for a long time in US soccer fandom, maybe it will be remembered as the start of something great for young American soccer players everywhere.