Revealing dialogue with great photography 11/18/2022

Pulisic: My journey so far. by Christian Pulisic And the Daniel MelamudContributions from Arlo White Hard cover / 240 pages / 250 color photographs (Rizzoli)

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The people we admire most, our heroes on the posters in our childhood bedroom, can sometimes feel distant and supernatural, and their accomplishments can seem far-fetched. “Pulisic: My journey so far— a coffee table book filled with exciting action shots as well as childhood and club house photos — a collection of informal conversations between the author Daniel Melamud And the Christian Pulisic.

The book celebrates the glory already achieved by the 24-year-old: making his Bundesliga debut at 17 and winning the UEFA Champions League with Chelsea, becoming the youngest player to captain the USMNT. But more importantly, it humanizes Pulisic and highlights the kind of person he is off the field.

Pulisic recalls special moments from his childhood, his youth club experiences, as he strolled around his backyard – no longer feeling like a distant hero. He also speaks candidly about dealing with professional football from an early age and gives behind-the-scenes accounts of playing at the highest levels with the biggest stars.

Both Pulisic’s parents, Marker And the Kelly He played college football, at George Mason, and Mark played and coached professional indoor ball. Christian hung around the professional players as a young boy, and his club football became very competitive at a young age, with PA classics. But …

He says: “My life wasn’t just football all the time, to be honest. I did a lot of other things that I wanted to do, like what my friends were doing, playing different games, obviously going to school, and yeah, there were a lot of things Which I enjoyed doing… At that age I never really pushed myself so much to play; it wasn’t all football time.”

Before Pulisic grew up, he was just a little boy who always wanted to play. He played golf and basketball, but it was quite clear that he had soccer in his heart. He would spend hours practicing skills and working on ball control, mimicking the movements of his idols Wayne RooneyAnd the Luis Figo And the Ronaldinho. He loved to challenge himself and compete against older players.

“I was always very competitive,” he says. “I wanted to win every game and I wanted to win every tournament, so that was always very important to me.”

By all accounts, Pulisic showed extraordinary talent from a very young age, but his formula for success was a combination of dreaming big, focusing, taking it one step at a time, and building consistency and resilience. No corners were cut. He focused on the essentials, embracing the struggle and hardship that comes with training and getting better, while never letting the flame of enjoying the game go out.

He talks about the importance of making sure he’s eating well, sleeping well, and focusing on things that are under his control, like his behavior and effort.

Pulisic’s play with the US youth teams attracted European scouts. By the time he played for the USA in the 2015 U-17 World Cup, he had already joined Borussia Dortmund:

“Once I knew that the possibility of moving from the US to Europe could really happen, there were times when it was just too much for me. I wasn’t sure when I was going to be ready for it. After a while I said, ‘You know what, it’s going to be a big change and a big sacrifice and I’m going to have to To leave many behind. But, if that’s what I really want to do, here’s the chance to do it. So I really had to go for it and trust that I could and that things were going to work out. I had to take a risk. It was a really exciting time in my career but there were tough times and I was definitely worried about that. “

Pulisic’s father wrote the word “confidence” on a wall in their garage along with a driveway where Christian works on his skills with the ball. Later, Pulisic’s mother wrote it on a canvas that now hangs in his bedroom in London. Pulisic has also been writing himself little posters with inspirational quotes and words in his locker that he can read whenever he needs an extra motivational boost.

The pressure on Pulisic has continued to mount, especially after Chelsea paid a reported $70m transfer fee to acquire him from Borussia Dortmund. While soccer fans – and kids who are also looking to reach higher levels of the game – have been able to see a lot of him on the field, “My Journey So Far” delivers Pulisic off the field.

He finds ways to take his mind off the game. He loves to play the guitar, play video games, play chess, read Harry Potter books, go swimming, and get away to his beach house in Jupiter, Florida, when he gets a rare vacation.

Through the conversations, readers can see that it is important to stay focused and driven, but also have some life balance to be a successful athlete. Pulisic loves soccer. He loves training, hard work and the joy that the game brings him whether it’s on a crowded field in London or a dirt park in Pennsylvania.

Pulisic looks back on the days when he played with the PA classics with passion and visualizes all of his past experiences in a positive light:

“I wasn’t trying to impress people or get people to see me play; I just loved the game. I played because I loved football, not because I was trying to get somewhere or go somewhere. I just loved the game. That is.”

PHOTOS: Among the 250 featured in “Pulisic: My journey so far. Kelley Pulisic, Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images (book cover), Kelley Pulisic, Phil Noble/Pool/AFP via Getty, Mike Carlson/Getty Images, Courtesy of Rizzoli New York.

(Wyatt Meyer He is a midfielder in Cal Bears who just finished his junior season. He grew up in Berkeley playing at the ACC Mavericks.)

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