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>> One of Britain's most elite soccer teams has signed American Christian Pulisic for $73 million. That reportedly makes him the most expensive American in the sport ever. Pulisic is going to London's Chelsea football club, and was bought from a German team, Borussia Dortmund. Is it the long awaited sign that American soccer is coming of age?
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>> Okay.>> Reuters sports editor Mitch Phillips says it's getting there.>> Yeah, I think the Chelsea signing of Christian Pulisic is a sign that the American soccer market is becoming more mature. He's only 20 but it just doesn't seem a shock anymore that an American can command such a fee to go to such a major club.
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The MLS has been on the rise for a long time, money's going there, crowds are going there. So I think American football, American soccer is not a world power yet, by a long way. But it's no longer seen as a crazy, weird, sport anymore.>> Pulisic said in a written statement that it was a privilege to come to such a legendary team as Chelsea.
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It's currently ranked fourth in the English Premier League. Pulisic came from US soccer to Europe in 2016 and scored 15 goals for Dortmund in his two years there. American TV viewership of soccer has grown by 13% since 2012 according to Nielsen ratings.