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The next Christian Pulisic or Gio Reyna? Inside Borussia Dortmund's search for the next American wonderkids in both the men's and women's game

Call it scouting, call it luck, call it whatever you like, but you have to admit that Borussia Dortmund struck gold with Christian Pulisic and Gio Reyna.

While many in Europe ignored the American market, Dortmund, and the Bundesliga, saw opportunity. They saw ready-made players that wouldn't require massive transfer fees, with many not requiring any at all.

That was the case for both Pulisic and Reyna, both of whom arrived in Germany on free transfers.

Pulisic, meanwhile, left for the third-largest transfer fee in club history when he signed for Chelsea in a whopping €64 million (£57m/$73m). Should the club ever want to cash in on Reyna, there's no doubt that he'd go for millions as well.

So, while other clubs around the world are now making their own push in the American market, Dortmund are just building on a foundation that's been laid down over the last decade or so.

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The hope? To find the next Pulisic or Reyna or, as they continue to expand, perhaps even the next Alex Morgan or Mallory Swanson.

Dortmund, in many ways, remain committed to the U.S. and, at some point, the hope is that they'll reap the rewards once again.

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