Borussia Dortmund Christian Pulisic has appeared in the TIME’s annual list of 30 most influential teens of 2017 along with other popular teenagers like 18-year old Sydney McLaughlin, the youngest U.S. track and field Olympian since 1972.
Dortmund winger Pulisic has been described as one of the most promising young players along with Kylian Mbappe and Gianluigi Donnarumma by TIME. At just 19 years, he is a part of both U.S. national team and the Bundesliga.
Pulisic has emerged as a key component in the Dortmund machine under Peter Bosz, and he has been named in the Dutchman’s starting XI for eight of the 10 games this term. The American has not only scored in the Supercup but also netted twice in the league.
According to the league’s official website, Pulisic has already proven that he can make a difference in the big games, and they don’t come much bigger than Der Klassiker. So far in his four meetings with Bayern, Pulisic has won two and lost two, and he will be determined to tip the scales back into his favour on Saturday.
He has been described as a ‘rare bright spot’. “A lot of kids, their parents force them to play on some team where they have to travel super far everyday,” he was quoted by TIME. “I think that makes it worse because they don’t realize their kid isn’t enjoying it at all. Let kids be kids.”
The 18-year old Mclaughlin has proven that she is the future of US track and field when she became the first repeat winner of the Gatorade National High School Athlete of the Year Award and the youngest U.S. track and field Olympian since 1972 where she reached the semifinals of the 400-m hurdles in Rio last year.
Rather than turn pro right after high school and cash in on sponsorships and prize money, McLaughlin will race for the University of Kentucky, where she’s a freshman relishing her newfound freedoms.