Christian Pulisic will be the first American footballer to become a "superstar," says United States coach Bruce Arena.
Pulisic, who turned 19 last month, is already a regular starter for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga, as well as for Arena's U.S. national team.
His exposure has now reached the point where he was featured on national CBS news magazine "60 Minutes" on Sunday night, during which Arena said Pulisic can join the ranks of the world's top players.
"It makes you think that this is going to be perhaps the first American superstar in the sport," Arena said. "I'm willing to say that, and you have to be hesitant about this, but this is a very talented young man."
Asked about his initial impressions upon first seeing Pulisic, Arena said: "First of all, you don't think he's an American. It's a compliment.
"He looks like a natural on the field. He moves gracefully, he's strong for his size. His speed is incredible, his first touch is good."
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Pulisic said he's well aware of the expectations that have come with his early success.
"Yeah, I think it's what American fans, soccer fans do, especially," Pulisic said. "They're looking for the next star, the next player to just be 'the face of U.S. soccer,' and all this stuff that I hear every day."
But despite a large salary for his age -- $8 million a year, as reported by 60 Minutes -- and links to storied clubs like Real Madrid and Liverpool, his family is still trying to keep him humble.
Pulisic added: "My dad, there we'll be times he's like, 'stop being cocky, just shut up, stop being cocky, you're not anywhere yet.'"