8 American Soccer Teens Who May or May Not Have Lived Up to the Hype

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8 American Soccer Teens Who May or May Not Have Lived Up to the Hype

Pennsylvanian teenager Christian Pulisic has set American soccer fans’ imaginations alight with his sudden arrival an elite European club. At just 18 years old, Pulisic has not only earned a place in manager Thomas Tuchel’s team at Borussia Dortmund, he’s shown flashes that have people talking him up as the potential greatest American player of all time.

Is that hype? Sure, but at least Pulisic is giving people good reason to get excited at the top level. The history of American soccer is awash with highly touted teenagers who either never met their supposed potential or who took a few years before they fulfilled it.

With Pulisic’s rocket ride to stardom in mind, we’ve put together a gallery of eight Americans who earned attention while still teenagers; some who came good, some who did not, and some who are still shy of their twentieth birthday even now.