American professional football player who plays for the American national team and Chelsea Premier League club as an attacking midfielder or winger. Fans and other players have given him the title “Captain America” due to his exceptional level of play and ethnicity.
Early Life of Cristian Mate
Pulisic was born in Hershey, Pennsylvania, on September 18, 1998. His parents, Mark and Kelley Pulisic, were college football players at George Mason University. Before becoming a youth and professional football coach, his father also played professional indoor football with the Harrisburg Heat in the 1990s. His mother was a Fulbright Teacher Exchange participant in England.
Cristian Mate’s Career
In the beginning, Pulisic played for the U15 and U17 sides of the United States. The FIFA U-17 2015 World Cup was his country’s debut tournament as captain. Additionally, Pulisic was given a chance to represent Croatia, but he turned it down. On March 30, 2016, he made his senior national team debut for the United States against Guatemala. After that, Pulisic participated in the Copa América Centenario, which was held in the US. In that competition, he scored against Bolivia to become the youngest player in soccer history. On September 2, 2016, he scored his first goal in a FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Then, in the FIFA World Cup qualifier, Pulisic scored back-to-back goals against Trinidad and Tobago and Panama. Despite his outstanding performance, the United States could not qualify for the FIFA World Cup. Then, on November 20, 2018, he led the USA soccer team for the first time in a friendly match against Italy.
Cristian Mate’s Achievements
The USA Soccer Male Athlete of the Year twice (in 2017 and 2019), UEFA Champions League Breakthrough XI 2016, Kopa Trophy runner-up 2018 CONCACAF Best XI 2017, and CONCACAF Gold Cup Best Young Player Award are among the honors given to Pulisic.
Records held by Cristian Mate
In 34 games, while serving as the U-17 team’s captain at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup, he scored 20 goals. He made his debut in that game as a replacement for Graham Zusi in the 81st minute to become the nation’s youngest player in a World Cup qualifier. On September 2, 2016, Pulisic contributed to a 6-0 victory against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in a World Cup qualifying game by scoring two goals and providing an assist. The first-ever CONCACAF Nations League final between the United States and Mexico was played on June 6, 2021. Pulisic led the Americans to a 3-2 victory, netting the game-winning penalty in the 114th minute. In a win over Panama on March 27, 2022, during the United States men’s national team’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying match, Pulisic recorded his first hat-trick in international competition.