Christian Pulisic of Borussia Dortmund is coming home for an international friendly. Pulisic is a 19-year-old professional soccer player who plays in Germany’s top division and for the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT). Recently becoming one of the best players for the USMNT, Pulisic is returning to his home state of Pennsylvania against Bolivia.
The USMNT will play Bolivia on May 28. According to ESPN, the USMNT coach Dave Sarachan announced Pulisic will be named to the squad. Usually games this far in advance would not have any players would not be named, but Pulisic is not just any player. He is the brightest prospect to play for the USMNT. Playing in Germany, he plays in front of thousands on the regular basis. In May however he will play about 100 miles from his home of Hershey PA.
There have been multiple times that Pulisic played near his hometown, but none since he has played in Germany, and his role as a star player. Philadelphia will host the rest of the USMNT and Bolivia in Philadelphia Union’s stadium. The game is a great opportunity to see International soccer.
Baltimore has a large American Outlaws membership. The American Outlaws is a national group of supporters that sole goal is to support the USMNT. Many fans of US soccer live in Baltimore but are not American Outlaw members, and they will still have a reason to see Pulisic in Philadelphia. I wouldn’t expect anything less than a fantastic game with Pulisic so close to his hometown. Giving the crowd will be extra supportive of Pulisic, and Bolivia being a less than average team, it should be his game to take complete control.
There is nothing quite like international soccer. I have been to a game in Baltimore, and it is a different soccer experience. The crowd just seems more alive, and with the USMNT not making the 2018 FIFA World Cup this will likely bring the best team possible to Philadelphia.
Philadelphia is a 2 hour drive up 95 from Baltimore. That 2 hours includes traffic. The city is a great sports town, and this is a great road trip for any USMNT fan to embark upon. The Baltimore chapter of American Outlaws will almost certainly plan a trip to Philadelphia for the game, but you have to be a member. For the purpose of transparency I am a member of American Outlaws. The tickets to the game are of course open to anyone. The prices start around $35 from various websites.
However if you are busy on May 28, but still want to see Pulisic play, then you are in luck. Pulisic’s club team, Borussia Dortmund, will play multiple games in the US. Since the team is coming to the US, Pulisic will play a major role in advertising for the game, and effectively forcing Borussia Dortmund to play Pulisic.
Baltimore fans are in luck. 2 of the 3 games Borussia Dortmund will play in the US are on the East Coast. Pittsburgh and Charlotte are both driving distance from Baltimore. The 2 teams that will face Borussia Dortmund are also great team. Pulisic will still play heavily in these games since the USMNT did not qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Tickets to all the games are now available, and are only slightly more expensive than USMNT game against Boivia. Any chance to see Pulisic is a chance to see US soccer greatness in the making.