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Will Christian Pulisic start for USMNT (USA) against Bolivia in Copa America 2024?

Published at :June 22, 2024 at 4:17 AM
Modified at :June 22, 2024 at 4:18 AM
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Rajarshi Shukla

Pulisic will be key player to lead USA in competition.

Christian Pulisic was everywhere against Brazil in the friendly and against Bolivia in the Copa America 2024 opener. His playmaking ability will undoubtedly be crucial.

In addition to scoring a crafty goal off a free kick against Alisson, Pulisic caused constant trouble for the Brazilian defense throughout the game. He remains a self-assured attacker aiming for a successful summer.

Few athletes in the history of the U.S. Men’s National Team should be more at ease with lofty expectations than Christian Pulisic.

The 25-year-old AC Milan player has been called up to be the team’s main attacker after being one of the few players to participate in the shocking loss to Trinidad and Tobago during World Cup qualifying in 2018.

And he’s delivered most of the time, usually in red, white, and blue, and grinning or at least smirking—can we call him “The Big Smirk”?

Though Freddy Adu and Landon Donovan both experienced high expectations at young ages, with Donovan becoming a star on the national team, no American player in history has ever been more in the spotlight than the man from Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Actually, Pulisic has only been stopped by the medical table, and he—fingers crossed—has overcome that hurdle with a career-high season at Milan this year.

Now, with friends surrounding him and a coach of his choice, Pulisic enters Copa America in good health and shape. Like before Trinidad and Tobago and even earlier, he will be scrutinized, as will his teammates Tyler Adams, Timothy Weah, and Weston McKennie.

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What do you know? He’ll feel at ease there, and there’s hardly any reason to think the Yanks won’t compete for the group on matchday three against Uruguay after cruising through 180 minutes.

That’s the catch-22 for Pulisic and the USMNT going into this tournament. They ought to prepare modestly and with determination against Bolivia and Panama. Additionally, they have an opportunity to play Uruguay for the chance to (likely) avoid Brazil in the quarterfinals.

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