Christian Pulisic #10 of the United States
celebrates after scoring a goal against Honduras during their FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier at Avaya Stadium on March 24, 2017 in San Jose,
California. (March 23, 2017 - Source: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images North America)
All the teams are ready. Christian Pulisic is nervous. His first world cup. Usmnt is right behind him. They play the group stage games fine (surprisingly). They’re in the semis. Christian turns to his team…. “Guys, sit out. I got this.” Tim Howard stays standing. “No, bald head. I don’t need you.” Christian is nervous (again, he’s always fucking nervous. It’s a world cup ffs). He scores 8 goals and only allows 2. He wins the semi by himself. The final is against Brasil. His team stands again. “No, I’m okay.” Neymar scores 19 goals. Christian looks defeated but it’s only the second half. America is crying. There are riots. But Christian comes back the second half and scores 20 goals. Christian Pulisic has done it. He has saved America. Only his name is on the cup. He celebrates alone. He lifts the cup alone and takes home all the medals.
His love for the game started at a young age. His father, Sully Hamid, started Premier Athletics Club, which serviced youth teams in which Bill featured. Bill is top left, holding a trophy in the picture below.
Growing up, Bill often towered over his peers and those older than him. Here he is playing goalkeeper against kids two years his senior.
In addition to starring for youth clubs, Bill and his father regularly attended D.C. United games. From his spot in the stands, Bill saw a bright future for himself.
When Bill was 18, D.C. United signed him straight out of high school, making him their first Homegrown signing.
At 19-years-old, Bill broke Tim Howard’s record as the youngest goalkeeper in MLS history to make a start.
Bill’s meteoric rise continued when, in 2011, he recorded his first USMNT start, a shutout to boot.
In 2013, Bill faced his biggest professional test to date - featuring for a D.C. United squad that recorded the worst season in MLS history. After such a rough campaign, Bill’s focus became reclaiming the pride of a city. 2014 became a remarkable year, both on the team and individual ends.