Christian Pulisic (#10) scored two goals in the USA's victory over visiting Trinidad & Tobago on June 8, 2017, in Commerce City, Colorado, USA. (Photo: CA-Images)
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – Christian Pulisic is making believers out of everyone.
On Thursday, the 18-year-old midfielder scored two goals within a 10-minute span in the second half to lead the United States to a 2-0 victory over Trinidad & Tobago in a World Cup qualifier.
That result boosted the Americans (2W-1D-2L, 7 points) into third place in the CONCACAF Hexagonal.
Now, the question is whether the Borussia Dortmund standout can duplicate his performance Sunday in more difficult conditions against first-place Mexico (4W-1D-0L, 13) at the Estadio Azteca.
Pulisic, who has seven goals in 15 international appearances, is optimistic the U.S. can win a qualifier for the first time in Mexico City.
“It’s going to be a tough one down there in Mexico,” he said. “But we really want some revenge on them when they got us earlier. So, we’re really confident going into that game. We’re going to come out with a win there, too.”
He certainly has the confidence of his team.
"He's just a natural for the game," remarked head coach Bruce Arena. "He sees the game very well and has good instincts on getting in good spots. His running off ball is exceptional. As he gets a little bit better and a little bit more experience, his ability to be a playmaker or a better passer in the last half of the field will improve. He's certainly an exceptional talent."
Pulisic has scored or had a hand in the last eight U.S. goals.
“Goals, they come and go,” he finished. “As long as I keep working hard, just trying to help the team win, they’ll keep coming. I feel confident right now. We’re happy as a team.”