Christian Pulisic, captain of the United States men’s national team and Chelsea player, recounts his journey from Pennsylvania to Champions League glory in a new book titled ‘Christian Pulisic: My Journey So Far’.
The book tells how the 23-year-old’s dream of becoming a professional footballer came true, memorable moments from his career so far and a behind-the-scenes look at his life on and off the pitch.
Never-before-seen footage throughout the book shows Pulisic’s aspiration and determination, from juggling in his garden after watching European stars for inspiration, to holding the record for the highest transfer fee for an American national when he signed for Chelsea from Borussia Dortmund.
Among the photographs in his family albums are a young Pulisic in the American youth soccer leagues, playing various sports, from skiing to baseball, and his first visit to Stamford Bridge, an indication of what was to come.
The love of the game is also family. His parents met while playing football at George Mason University and went on to coach the game which no doubt was a support for Pulisic as he pursued his dream.
Similar to fellow Premier League striker Harry Kane, Pulisic also includes a childhood school project in the book in which he writes: “When I grow up I want to be a professional football player. What I love the most is playing football.”
Pulisic achieved his dream, and at a young age.
The American football star had his breakthrough in the 2015-16 Bundesliga season for Borussia Dortmund, where he became the youngest non-German to score in the league, before moving to Chelsea aged 20 and winning the Champions League in 2021, becoming the first American to play in a European men’s final.
Internationally, Pulisic has earned the nickname “Captain America”. He is the youngest American player to reach 10 goals and the youngest to reach double-digit goals (21) and assists (10). His pace, direct play and dribbling ability are elite, and he is arguably the most talented player on the team.
Asked what it’s like to be a captain, Pulisic said: “Obviously it’s a huge honor to wear it and to represent your country in this way, but I love being on the pitch and competing with my teammates.”
“My Journey So Far” will feature candid conversations with Pulisic, his friends and family, and teammates at club and international level to offer readers insight into his daily life, memorable career moments and anecdotes from changing room.
The book’s five chapters – with names like ‘The Yellow Wall’ and ‘London is Blue’ – will show how Pulisic’s experiences and challenges have shaped him and will prepare him for the next stage of his career while inspiring the next. generation. of American footballers.
“I like to lead by example. I hope guys can see my mentality in games and the way I compete. I hope they can see it and want to do the same,” said Pulisic.