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SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Christian Pulisic

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Not a lot went right for the U.S. Men’s National Team on Thursday night in London as they slumped to a 3-0 defeat to England at Wembley.

However, the lone spark for Dave Sarachan’s side was the return of Christian Pulisic to the squad. Pulisic had the best offensive chance for the U.S. in the first-half, taking advantage of a sleeping Three Lions backline. Despite his strong run, the Borussia Dortmund man was kept out by Jordan Pickford.

Throughout the game, Pulisic was influential in the USMNT attack despite the team failing to score a goal. Early in the second-half, they had a go at things but eventually fell short after the Three Lions scored their third goal of the match.

Pulisic beat out Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams for Man of the Match honors.

What did you think of Pulisic’s performance? Where would you like to see him played in the USMNT’s next friendly? What more would you like to see from Pulisic?

Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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  1. Pulisic is to the USMNT as Giggs was to Wales?

    I am not saying Pulisic is as good as Giggs, just that he seems head and shoulders better than the rest of his national team.

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  2. The lack of a long-term plan showed obviously in this one. The players just looked confused when trying to defend, especially in the first half. This has become a trend over the last few games, getting outclassed in the first half, then kinda working our way into the game (after it’s too late) through sheer grit. I feel bad for the players, this situation is really unfair to them. Why would any federation put out an inexperienced team full of youth to play game after game against the best teams in the world, stocked with world-class players? Oh and by the way, the federation refuses to hire a manager who can implement a system, give the players some kind of framework to work with. These are the darkest days of American soccer in my lifetime. #*ck the USSF.

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  3. This is more aptly called Who Sucked the Least. Pulisic gave up the ball a few too many times and wasted some chances, but at least he showed energy, spark and effort, which is more than can be said for most of his teammates.

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  4. Tough giving Pulisic MOM. Seemed to me that he coughed up the ball that ultimately lead to the first goal, and, to make matters worse, didn’t track back. As a result, Trapp moves out wide to provide cover and Lingard (I think) is left with plenty of space at the top of the box to line up his shot before any of the backs step out to close him down.

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  5. Nope. Wasted an easy chance by deciding to take his usual extra touch in the box. Kid is getting so predictable. No one deserves honors for this game, in my opinion, but Weston looked better than everyone else.

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  6. Maybe Earnie Steward deserved the honor due to his prompt action in hiring a manager for the USMNT. Come on! The USMNT youngsters need directions and a REAL manager!

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    • They are kids against a very good side and completely rudderless. They have been let down horribly as have US fans by US Soccer’s complete apathy and inaction…. for over a freaking year! Inept, pathetic and sorry under any circumstance…. mind-bogglingly unforgivable and a big F U to anyone that cares as the response to missing the WC. This is really the only nation in the world where this is imaginable. There’d literally be riots elsewhere.

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