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Youngsters get the last word at international Champions Cup
Pulisic, Larsen power Dortmund past Liverpool, 3-1
 
Published Sunday, July 22, 2018 7:33 pm
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

Sunday soccer became a kids’ show in Charlotte.

Borussia Dortmund of Germany’s Bundesliga beat Liverpool of England’s Premier League 3-1 Sunday in the International Champions Cup at Bank of America Stadium. All three of Dortmund’s goals came in the second half from U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Christian Pulisic and striker Jacob Brunn Larsen, both of whom are 19 years old.

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk put the Reds up 1-0 in the first half, but Dortmund midfielder Pulisic drew and converted a penalty in the second half—their second in as many ICC matches. Pulisic scored Dortmund’s first goal in the run of play in the 89th minute, putting them up 2-1. Jacob Bruun Larsen sealed their fate with a goal in stoppage time.

Dortmund manager Lucien Favre summed up the American’s performance in a word: “excellent.” Pulisic scored nine Bundesliga goals over the last three seasons and tallied 11 assists. He made a career-high 32 appearances last season, up from 29 in 2016-17 and nine in 2015-16.

“He has so much potential, and he is still trying to find his way, since he is a young player still,” former Dortmund defender/midfielder Patrick Owomoyela said. “He proved today again how important he can be for this team, and was already.”

Former Dortmund manager and current Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp noted that Pulisic still has room to develop prior to the match. However, Klopp emphasized that American soccer cannot rely solely on him to rectify not qualifying of the 2018 World Cup. They need several players like him to establish a success on the international stage.

“He’s a fantastic-skilled boy,” Klopp said. “It’s not a surprise that he’s in situations like this. USA needs more of these players. One alone cannot do it. Don’t put too much pressure on the boy, then maybe you can have a few more of them, and play very successful soccer in the future if you have enough people to do so. If Belgium and Iceland can go to the World Cup, then you should be able to do that too. A few more Pulisics, and then everything will be fine.”

Note: Liverpool vs. Dortmund drew 55,447 spectators, which is 13,917 less than Liverpool vs. A.C. Milan of Italy’s Serie A in Charlotte in 2014. Sunday’s total is the third-highest attendance of the four ICC matches Charlotte has hosted.

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