Christian Pulisic's father leaves Dortmund for USL side Rochester Rhinos

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Mark Pulisic is heading back home after leaving his job as an academy coach at the Bundesliga club, where his son plays for the first team.

Christian Pulisic will now be on his own at Borussia Dortmund, with the forward's father leaving his academy role in Germany for a coaching position in the USL.

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Mark Pulisic has joined the Rochester Rhinos as assistant to head coach Bob Lilley for the 2017 USL season.

"Bob [Lilley] and I go back a long way, and I wanted an opportunity to come back and coach in the United States,” Pulisic said.

“There's nowhere else I'd rather be and nobody else I'd rather learn from than Bob. I'm excited to work with a coach that is an MLS-caliber coach, so I'm very fortunate that he's here in Rochester and this opportunity came along for me to work with him."

Pulisic previously served as an assistant coach in the USL for the Harrisburg City Islanders during the club’s inaugural season in 2004. He went on to find employment with Dortmund after his son signed a contract to play for the club's youth teams in 2014.

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While Christian Pulisic was on his way to becoming a first-team player for Dortmund and a U.S. national team standout, the elder Pulisic was given a coveted, yet unofficial, title as Dortmund’s director of the Footbonaut.

“I asked if I could be involved with the youth academy because I’ve been coaching my whole life,” Mark Pulisic told Goal USA in October. 

The Rhinos will kick off the 2017 USL regular season April 1 against Bethlehem Steel FC at Goodman Stadium.

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