How Fast Is Christian Pulisic? The Wunderkind Is America’s Speedy Savior

The 19-year-old draws comparisons with both Landon Donovan and Marco Reus for good reason.

How fast is Christian Pulisic? The 19-year-old American is usually deployed on the right flank by club side Borussia Dortmund — although he enjoys a more central role when playing with the USMNT — so he’s certainly no slouch when it comes to pace. However, what makes him such a precocious talent is that he’s no one-trick pony — he doesn’t only rely on his blistering speed to create chances and take defenders on.

While his play has been likened to Landon Donovan in that he’s remarkably quick, direct and just as strong in the 90th minute of matches as at the start, he also frequently draws comparisons with teammate and German international Marco Reus due to his playmaking ability. 

How Fast Is Christian Pulisic?

Last season in the Bundesliga, no player attempted more dribbles than Pulisic, and his total of 90 successful dribbles was second only to Schalke’s Amine Harit. His ability to beat his marker is greatly aided by his top speed, which, according to the Bundesliga, is 21.4 mph (34.45 kph).

Last season, Pulisic utilized his ability to create space and disrupt defenses to register four goals and five assists in 32 Bundesliga appearances. It’s this sort of growing output that has USMNT supporters believing that qualification for the 2022 World Cup might just be possible. 

The main question surrounding the Pennsylvania native is how much longer he'll stay with Dortmund. With his contract set to expire following the 2019-20 season, he's been linked with a move to Liverpool, Chelsea and Real Madrid.

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