The next great hope in U.S. men’s soccer was in Rochester over the weekend.
Christian Pulisic was in a suite at Capelli Sport Stadium to watch the Rhinos host Orlando City Friday night. His father, Mark, is a top assistant for the Rhinos under head coach Bob Lilley.
Fans of the Rhinos were frustrated Pulisic’s visit was not publicized, especially considering the team’s struggling attendance. They also wondered why he didn’t sign autographs or come on the field to be recognized or do something to help bring attention to the club.
Quite simply, that was not the purpose of his trip.
“He wasn’t here on a contracted appearance,” chief soccer officer Pat Ercoli said. “He wanted to see his father and watch the team his father is helping coach. He didn’t want to detract from his dad or bring attention to himself.”
Pulisic did sign autographs and meet with the Junior Rhinos and the Rhinos Youth Fan Club, but that was a small favor for dad.
“He was going to be in a suite (for the game) and was willing to do a private meet and greet for a limited group because his dad has coached some of the kids,” Ercoli said.
Pulisic is one of the few Americans playing in the top German professional soccer league with Borussia-Dortmund.
The 18 year-old has seven goals and three assists in just 15 appearances for Team USA.