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Brian McBride impressed by Christian Pulisic, excited for potential

Christian Pulisic has caught the eye of one of the U.S. men's national team's greatest players.
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Christian Pulisic has caught the eye of one of the U.S. men's national team's greatest players.

Former U.S. forward Brian McBride expressed his excitement over Pulisic's potential on the Planet Fútbol Podcast this week, saying his ability to adapt and get accustomed to the game at the highest level has impressed him.

"I'm very excited to be honest with you," McBride told SI's Grant Wahl. "I've had a chance to watch him play, I saw his first game when he started for Dortmund and basically he was starting for Marco Reus, and that's a big thing. When I first saw him he seemed nervous, it seemed like his first touch was off in that first game, you could see he definitely was aware of the magnitude of it, but ever since then he's just grown into that understanding. Those adaptations, quick adaptations that he's made tells me that there's a lot there. And now that he's made those adaptations you see the quality that he has. The understanding of the game for a 17-year-old is phenomenal and certainly technically he's there with people that should be a part of the national team." 

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Pulisic has made nine appearances with Dortmund's first team, scoring goals in consecutive games last month. He is vying for one of 23 places on the USA's Copa America Centenario roster after being named to Jurgen Klinsmann's 40-man preliminary roster. The final cut is due May 20.