The past twenty four hours have been incredible for the American national soccer team fans around the world, as their hopes and prayers have been answered. The second most hyped American of all time (and the only national team player I’ve ever personally met) Jordan Morris scored his first Major League Soccer goal for the Seattle Sounders last night, while the 17 year old wunderkind Christian Pulisic (who likes his name to be pronounced the “American” way, Puh-li-sick) scored his first Bundesliga goal for Borussua Dortmund in like his second or third start for the German giants. It’s fucking nuts.
Morris, 21, has been on the American soccer hype train since he scored on his debut for the Yanks in April 2015 while still a sophomore at Stanford University. Everyone went apeshit, is he the new Landon Donovan? When will he go pro? Will he go to Europe? It was crazy. Eventually, Morris decided to stop his college experience half way through his junior year and go pro for the Seattle Sounders in Major League Soccer. It took him 8 games total to score, but he has not been completely disappointing so far. He’s just kinda a workhorse, running around wild without much end product. Seattle and American fans are hoping his goal (the game winner against a rising Philadelphia) is the first of many in his rookie Major League Soccer season, in which he will be absent for the summer hopefully winning the Copa America with the United States.
On the other hand, this time last year Pulisic was a relatively unknown sixteen year old who had just transferred to one of the biggest clubs in Germany and in Europe, Borussia Dortmund. American fans were still unsure whether he would play for the United States or Croatia in the future, but Pulisic was sure: he loved America goddamnit. He worked his ass off on one of the best teams in the world and broke into their first team mid way through the current season, and already has a good amount of appearances in both the Bundesliga (probably the second best or highest quality league in the world) and in Europa League, where Dortmund were a stoppage time goal away from making the semi finals. When I say good amount, he has like a dozen. A seventeen year old American! A dozen appearances in the Bundesliga! This is crazy! He already has more goals than Landon Donovan had in his few years in Germany as well. Fucking legendary.
Are these guys the future of American soccer? The hopes and dreams of millions of American soccer fans are riding on their shoulders.