Christian Pulisic has scored in the Bundesliga. He’s done it in the Champions League. Just four days ago, he had a goal and three assists for the United States in a World Cup qualifier. But it was on Tuesday, when the 18-year-old had just one assist, that the American starlet had his most impressive game yet.It’s one thing to be skillful, dynamic and even brilliant. It’s quite another to be that and mature enough to produce at the highest level as a teenager. Pulisic has been all of that, and it’s been downright unbelievable, but Panama demanded something completely new of him — that he be treated like a star, with all its physical ugliness and constant attention from defenses. And despite it all, he was still the star that Panama feared he’d be.Pulisic didn’t have Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Marco Reus, Mario Gotze or Ousmane Dembele next to him, as is the case when he plays for Borussia Dortmund. He wasn’t an unknown or a supporting part, as he was for the U.S. before. The teenager was, without a doubt, the Americans’ brightest star and bigger threat in Panama City, and Los Canaleros knew that.
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