American Football has confirmed that Christian Pulisic will miss the USMNT game against Japan due to injury.
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The 24-year-old Pulisic was expected to be a key player (as always) for the USMNT in their last two friendlies before the start of the World Cup in November.
However, US Soccer released a statement after Pulisic was left out of the starting line-up for a friendly match against Japan in Düsseldorf, Germany.
It has since been reported that Pulisic was injured in training earlier this week and has been ruled out as a precaution.
Statement on Pulisic
“Christian Pulisic is out of today’s squad due to an injury he sustained in training earlier this week. He will be assessed daily for his readiness to play against Saudi Arabia on September 27 in Murcia, Spain.
So Pulisic could also miss the game against Saudi Arabia.
This is not good news for Gregg Berhalter, who would love to have his best starting XI together for these last two friendlies.
With Zach Steffen, Yunus Musa, Anthony Robinson, Chris Richards, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Tim Weah and now Pulisic injured, this is not the best preparation.
However, it provides opportunities for others.
Berhalter spoke to ESPN before kickoff and both John Champion and Taylor Twellman revealed that if Pulisic had taken that hit during the World Championship, he would have been corrected to play in the game. So it’s not that serious.
“He got hit in training. We have spoken to the club and this is done as a precaution,” Berhalter said. “He’s on a day-to-day basis and hopefully he can take part on Tuesday. [vs Saudi Arabia]”.
Pulisic and all USMNT fans will be hoping this little issue doesn’t affect the Chelsea winger ahead of the World Cup, which kicks off in less than 60 days.
However, his injury issues continue to plague USMNT fans as he simply cannot stay in shape for an extended period of time.
USMNT drew 0-0 with Saudi Arabia in Murcia, Spain as Gregg Berhalter’s team finished their World Cup preparations under a lot of pressure on them.
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Tyler Adams came closest to scoring for USMNT but it was actually a poor performance in a nearly empty stadium in southern Spain as an injured Saudi Arabia was dangerous at half-time.
It’s not the performance and result Berhalter would have wanted after last week’s disappointing loss to Japan, and it leaves him with a lot of questions to answer just 54 days before the start of the World Cup in Qatar.
What we learned from Saudi Arabia vs. USMNT
Trust in the USMNT camp is low: It wasn’t much better than the loss to Japan, and the US looked completely insecure with the ball. In the final third, they always seemed to pick the wrong option and there were still some very bad hands on defense as Long, Turner and Adams were at fault. This is a team that played safely and looked like a bunch of players who didn’t want to get hurt in the final match before the World Cup. There was no avant-garde in it, and you should feel sorry for Ricardo Pepi at the top, as there was no cohesion and rhythm in this show.
Musa, Robinson, Weah are very bored: Berhalter cited starting players he lacked ahead of this game and it’s clear the USMNT missed out on players who can hold the ball and provide quality from wide positions. Musa keeps the USMNT ticking in midfield and Weah and Robinson are so direct that it allows midfielders to get into dangerous positions knowing they will be found. The USMNT had nothing of the kind in that game, except for Pulisic and McKenney teaming up and hitting a few backhands in the first half. Pulisic especially disappeared in the second half.
Saudi Arabia will be a tough nut to crack: Except for a few key moments, it was a vigorous demonstration from Saudi Arabia. Herve Renard knows how to organize a team to be disciplined and dangerous on the counter, and Saudi Arabia was just that. They have a very difficult group with Argentina, Mexico and Poland, but they can cause some turmoil. The fact that they will play five more friendlies before the World Cup and all their players are based domestically (many of whom come from Al Hilal and Al Nasr) means that they are very familiar playing together. and are a solid team.
The USMNT were keen to go long early and often, and this worked to create more chances than they did against Japan. McKenny charged into the rear of the defenders, Pulisic wedged in from the left, and Long and Zimmerman both looked ahead when they could. Saudi Arabia continued to pose a threat at half-time and the distance between the midfield trio and defense remains a big problem for the USMNT as there were too many gaps at the transition.
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- Gio Reina leaves the game after 30 minutes to be replaced by Paul Arriola
18 minutes left. Still 0-0. Not much is happening.
SHOT! Much better from USMNT as substitute Scully cleared a cross and moments later fellow substitute Ferreira hits on goal but the ball is saved. Subs have a big impact. It’s more like this.
Scully, Mackenzie and Ferreira as part of the USMNT. Yedlin (who had been in treatment for a long time after a nasty tackle), Pepi and Long left.
59′ – SUBSTITUTIONS:
Scully instead of Yedlin
Ferreira instead of Pepi
Mackenzie for a long time pic.twitter.com/BkdddAygXS
— USA Men’s National Soccer Team (@USMNT) September 27, 2022
USMNT has yet to start work in the second half. Saudi Arabia looked more dangerous and made some crosses.
News about Gio Reina: He was taken down as a precaution (according to Jenny Taft of Fox Sports), and US Soccer has since stated that he “experiences muscle tension” which is why he was taken out.
The second half is on and no subwoofers on either side. So far, this has been all of Saudi Arabia.
BREAK: Saudi Arabia 0-0 USMNT – Again, not much more than half from the US. A few more moments where McKenny and Adams get close to each other and the balls go out of bounds causing problems. However, Saudi Arabia has had a few chances and looks good on the counters. To sum up the USMNT show in one word: sloppy.
The leaking news about Gio Reina doesn’t sound positive as US Soccer confirmed that no replacement was planned. All signs point to some kind of injury. Fingers crossed, this is nothing serious and the US has just been very, very careful given his recent injury history.
CLOSE! Saudi Arabia is practically the leader. Walker Zimmerman and Paul Arriola made decisive blocks after substitute Haytham Asiri came on the right and Hattan Bahebri failed to get his feet under control at the key moment. Huge vacation.
SUB: A warning sign for the USMNT when Gio Reina leaves at the start of the game and heads straight for the tunnel. Given his track record, this is worrying. Paul Arriola is coming. 30 minutes have passed.
USMNT fans won’t be thrilled with what they see. Sure, it’s better than playing against Japan, but it couldn’t be worse, could it?
WIDE! Tyler Adams hits wide from 25 yards. A decent effort after some sustained pressure from the US.
Pulisic with the captain’s armband looks very cool. A wave is coming from the left, and he appears everywhere.
Not much is happening at the moment as the USMNT is fighting…