Two US youth internationals did their best to impress their German clubs Friday, with former Stanford star Jordan Morris recording an assist in his trial with Werder Bremen and Christian Pulisic scoring a goal for Borussia Dortmund in winter-break friendlies.
Pulisic didn’t wait long to make an impact with Dortmund’s first team.
The US U-17 national teamer scored a goal late in Dortmund’s 4-1 friendly victory Friday night against South Korean side Jeonbuk in Dubai. The goal in the first minute of stoppage time is the first for Pulisic since he was promoted from Dortmund’s youth ranks to train with the first team during their camp in Dubai while the Bundesliga is on winter break.
The 17-year-old attacking midfielder, a native of Hershey, Pennsylvania, has shown very well with the German club’s academy, logging four goals and three assists with their U-19s since joining the club a year ago.
Morris, who is weighing his professional options after leading Stanford to the NCAA national championship last month and declaring he would forgo his senior season to turn pro, assisted on Claudio Pizarro’s goal in a friendly against Azerbaijan’s Inter Baku in their winter-break camp in Turkey.
Morris, who also has an offer on the table from the Seattle Sounders and is expected to report to the US national team’s January camp, is on a week-long trial with Bremen.