Christian Pulisic (left) and Sergio Gomez celebrate a goal. (Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Christian Pulisic continued his stellar play for Borussia Dortmund Sunday, scoring twice and setting up a third goal after coming on as a second-half substitute in a 3-1 win over Liverpool in the International Champions Cup.
The 19-year-old U.S. international helped the Bundesliga power from a 1-0 deficit at Bank of America Stadium.
“He’s a fantastic skilled boy,” Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp said. “It’s not a surprise that he’s in situations like this, [playing] really strong.”
Pulisic has enjoyed a strong start to the preseason. He assisted on the lone goal in Dortmund’s first match, a 1-0 win over Austria Wien July 13. He drew a penalty kick that led to the game-winner score against Manchester City Friday.
“He’s a smart player,” Klopp said during a pregame press conference Saturday. “Unfortunately, USA needs more of these players. No one alone can do it, so don’t put too much pressure on the boy and maybe you can have a few more of them and then you can play very successful soccer in the future if you have enough people to do so. … A few more Pulisic’s and everything will be fine.”
Everything was fine and dandy Sunday.
This time he not only was fouled to set up a penalty kick, Pulisic was allowed to take one. He converted it past goalkeeper Loris Karius to knot the score at 1-1 in the 64th minute. He added a goal and an assist.
If the the first two games of the ICC is a preview of things to come for Pulisic this season, it could be the start of something big.
Borussia and Pulisic will meet Benfica at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, which will be the closest venue at which he will play in the ICC to his hometown of Hershey Pa. Wednesday night.