Christian Pulisic can have the same effect on American soccer as Tiger Woods once did on golf, Business Insider has been told.
Woods took up professional golf in 1996, and his instant success caused a dramatic increase in the uptake of the sport, according to Golf Digest.
And Doug Harris, the chairman of Pulisic’s childhood club, foresees a new generation of American soccer players being inspired by the 20-year-old.
Pulisic joined Chelsea FC in a $73 million move from Borussia Dortmund earlier this year, and has turned heads with his impressive performances thus far.
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Christian Pulisic can have the same impact on American soccer as Tiger Woods once did on golf, the chairman of the 20-year-old’s childhood club, the Philadelphia Classics, tells Business Insider.
Pulisic joined the PA Classics aged ten, and played four seasons with the club’s various age levels before being scouted by the Bundesliga giant Borussia Dortmund at the age of 15 in 2015.
His impressive form in Germany earned the American starlet a $73 million transfer to Chelsea in January, and since joining up with his new side earlier in the summer, Pulisic has continued to turn heads with his eye catching displays in pre-season and, most notably, in the UEFA Super Cup defeat to Liverpool.
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Doug Harris, a close friend of the Pulisic family and the chairman of the PA Classics, has seen Pulisic’s career progression first hand, and says it bears a striking resemblance to one of America’s greatest sports stars, Tiger Woods.
“I don’t know if you’re familiar with what Tiger Woods did to golf. That’s what we are hoping Pulisic can do with young soccer players …read more
Source:: Business Insider