USA Legend Clint Dempsey Sings Praises of Borussia Dortmund Youngster Christian Pulisic

The past seven months have been filled with big games for Pulisic, for both club and country, but he is preparing to play in the latest "biggest match of his young career" when the United States faces Honduras in a World Cup qualifier the Americans need to win to avoid making a disastrously poor start to this qualifying cycle even worse. There's moments where you're sitting at home and you're praying and hoping things can work out. "Little did I know it was going to result in a goal".

Up next, the USMNT will continue their World Cup qualifying journey against Panama on Tuesday night.

"I'm a fighter so I looked for the opportunity to try to get out there and show that I should be around still", he said. Including- hopefully- the World Cup next year.

"You've got to stay relevant, you've got to stay producing", he said. "In Landon, we saw a player have a tremendous career, both at the club and the global levels, and Christian is just starting".

Lleget was shortly forced off of the field because of a nasty tackle, but I thought his movement off the ball was great. This is still a player who missed six months with a heart problem and has played in only three matches since.

Showing poise beyond his years, Pulisic agreed with Arena that he has only begun to scratch the surface of his talents, and the combination of big club games with worldwide appearances will only increase his effectiveness.

Pulisic was the catalyst for a stunning display in San Jose, California on Friday with two assists - both for Dempsey goals - and a fourth global strike of his own. If there isn't a goal or an assist next to his name, he must have not made an impact, right? Alejandro Bedoya took his place. Pairing Dempsey and Altidore up top seemed pretty obvious, but it's the type of decision that couldn't be counted on under Jurgen Klinsmann.

Head coach Bruce Arena did not envision Dempsey in a starting role when he named his squad, but that change quick after injuries to Bobby Wood and Jordan Morris.

In its first competitive match since Arena replaced Jurgen Klinsmann, the US moved from last to fourth in the final round of the North and Central American and Caribbean region. "We came out and played well".

There remains some mystery about Dempsey's illness.

"You know me", Dempsey said.

"He was as sharp as the last time I saw him", Tim Howard said of Dempsey in training all week. He said he is not experiencing those issues any longer.

"For sure, there's always the possibility that you're not going to be able to come back to be at that level". You want to be someone in the games that can make an impact. It was a tough process.

"That would be great if I could be around for that", he said.

A lovely ball from Pulisic sets up Clint Dempsey for his first goal of the match.

Much has changed since Pulisic and the usa left the field in Costa Rica after an embarrassing 4-0 World Cup qualifying loss.

Arena may have been seen as an emergency fix to get the USMNT back on track.

"We didn't have anyone else". "Made it easy for me". The 18-year-old may be the one to take over Dempsey's role as top US attacker.

The US looked in control and the lead was doubled just about 18 minutes later.

The U.S. Men's National Team used a hat trick from Clint Dempsey as well as goals from Sebastian Lletget, Michael Bradley and Christian Pulisic to earn an emphatic 6-0 Final Round World Cup Qualifying win against Honduras at Avaya Stadium. A day they won 6-nil.

In this Friday, March 17, 2017, photo, USA goalkeeper Tim Howard, right, walks with forward Clint Dempsey on a soccer practice field in San Jose, Calif.

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