After announcing last week he had tested positive for COVID-19, Christian Pulisic was included in the U.S. roster for next month’s World Cup qualifiers.
Pulisic, the first American man to play in a Champions League final, missed Chelsea’s game against Arsenal last weekend because he was isolating. But Pulisic said on his Instagram story last Friday that he was fully vaccinated and had no symptoms, meaning he could be eligible to join the Americans on Sunday when they report to training camp if he remained asymptomatic.
The U.S. men play at El Salvador on Sept. 2, host Canada in Nashville three days later and close out this round of qualifiers with a Sept. 8 game in Honduras. The next round of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is in October.
Of the 26 players called in for training camp, 17 play in Europe and 10 of them are on clubs still playing in the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League. That includes Brenden Aaronson, who scored Wednesday to help seal Red Bull Salzburg’s place in the group stage.
While only six of the players have experience in World Cup qualifiers, all but two were part of the U.S. teams that won the Concacaf Nations League and the Gold Cup earlier this summer. With coach Gregg Berhalter using two different rosters, the Americans beat rival Mexico in both tournaments.
Pulisic scored the game-winner in the Nations League final on a penalty kick in the second half of overtime, and Ethan Horvath secured the title by saving a PK in stoppage time. Gio Reyna and Weston McKennie scored during regulation of the 3-2 win.
In the Gold Cup, Miles Robinson’s header in the 117th minute gave the U.S. the 1-0 win over El Tri.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: USMNT World Cup qualifying roster: Christian Pulisic in despite COVID
Source: Yahoo Sports