The future of US Soccer might be on the same club team

As U.S. Soccer continues to become a bigger player in the worldwide picture of soccer, it’s newfound success can be attributed to the increased prominence of its players abroad. Towards the top of promising, young American players are Christian Pulisic, who currently plays his club football for Borussia Dortmund in Germany’s Bundesliga and Gedion Zelalem, who plies his trade for Arsenal of the English Premier League. However, their development processes have looked quite different from each other, until maybe now.

According to rumors, Zelalem might be joining Pulisic in Dortmund on a permanent deal, which is music to U.S. Soccer’s ears, especially since Borussia Dortmund does a terrific job of developing young talent. Take Pulisic for example. At just 18 years of age, Pulisic already plays a regular, prominent role for Borussia Dortmund, a sign that the team is comfortable with allowing him to develop while playing for the team. In Zelalem’s case, Arsenal is a hard team to crack into. He spent last season on loan at Scottish giant Rangers, where he showed a lot of promise. However, that promise has yielded nothing this season in North London, and he can’t get any playing time.

So, to benefit his development, Zelalem is apparently moving to Borussia Dortmund to join up with Christian Pulisic and add to Dortmund’s American delegation. This bodes well for the continued development and increased success of U.S. Soccer. Hopefully, the United States might finally be able to put together a team that can compete with the international heavyweights of the soccer world.

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