Imagine a teenage Kobe Bryant, only without Shaquille O’Neal playing center for the Lakers. Or Julio Urias, with no Clayton Kershaw at the front of the Dodgers rotation.
And, oh, by the way, it’s up to them to get their teams back into postseason series in which they trail by a couple of games.
That’s essentially the position in which Christian Pulisic finds himself heading into the United States men’s national soccer team’s must-win World Cup qualifying match Friday against Honduras.
For the better or worse, the 18-year-old Pulisic is the best player on the U.S. roster. A prominent figure in the European power Borussia Dortmund’s attack and widely regarded as one of the...