US Chelsea star Christian Pulisic tells his story in new book “My Journey So Far”
US men’s national team captain and Chelsea player Christian Pulisic chronicles his journey from Pennsylvania to Champions League glory in a new book called Christian Pulisic: My Journey So Far.
The book chronicles how the 23-year-old’s dream of becoming a professional footballer came true, memorable moments from his career so far and a behind-the-scenes look at his life on and off the pitch.
The never-before-seen images throughout the book show Pulisic’s ambition and determination, from juggling in his backyard after finding inspiration from European stars to holding the record for the highest transfer fee for a US citizen when he was released by Borussia Dortmund switched to Chelsea.
Among the photos from his family albums are a young Pulisic in US youth soccer leagues playing a variety of sports from skiing to baseball, and his first visit to Stamford Bridge, an indication of what was to come.
The love of the game also runs in the family. His parents met while playing football at George Mason University and coached the game which no doubt aided Pulisic in pursuing his dream.
Much like Harry Kane, his fellow Premier League attacker, Pulisic also includes a childhood school project in the book in which he writes: “When I grow up I want to be a professional footballer. I like playing soccer best.”
Pulisic made his dream come true, and at a young age.
The American soccer star got his breakthrough in the 2015/16 Bundesliga season for Borussia Dortmund, where he became the youngest non-German in the league to score before moving to Chelsea aged 20 and winning the Champions League in 2021, the first American to do so in a European men’s final.
Internationally, Pulisic has earned the nickname “Captain America”. He is the youngest US player with 10 goals and the youngest with double-digit goals (21) and assists (10). His pace, direct play and dribbling skills are elite and he is arguably the most talented player on the team.
When asked how it feels to be a captain, Pulisic says: “Of course it’s a great honor to wear it and to represent your country in this way – but I just love to be on the field and join in to measure my teammates.”
“My Journey So Far” features candid conversations with Pulisic, his friends and family, as well as team-mates at club and international level, to give readers an insight into his daily life, unforgettable career moments and anecdotes from the dressing room.
The book’s five chapters — titled ‘The Yellow Wall’ and ‘London is Blue’ — show how Pulisic’s experiences and challenges have shaped him, preparing him for the next stage in his career and inspiring the next generation of footballers from America .
“I like to set a good example. I hope the guys can see how my mentality goes into games and how I compete. I hope they see that and want to do the same,” says Pulisic.