Sunday, October 24 2021

Christian Pulisic stayed behind in Nashville when the United States men’s national team heads to El Salvador for its World Cup qualifying opener in Nashville.

The Yanks will play their first World Cup qualifying since its humiliating draw in Trinidad and Tobago that kept them from the 2018 tournament in Russia.

Pulisic missed Chelsea’s last two Premier League matches after testing positive for COVID-19.

[ USMNT: CCV to Celtic | Richards, Hoppe transfer ]

The American said he was fully vaccinated and symptomatic, and head coach Gregg Berhalter will update his status later Wednesday.

It’s reasonable to think that Pulisic would’ve needed a negative test to travel to the United States and the Chelsea star could be either getting his fitness back up to speed for a tough test from Canada at the weekend or perhaps simply being rested rather than used in the most straightforward of the Yanks’ qualifiers this week.

And perhaps this was a possibility even with Pulisic at 100 percent, though it seems he’d still be with the team in that case…

Pulisic, 22, has seven goals and seven assists in 13 career qualifiers, all occurring before his 19th birthday. That includes four goals and two assists in Hex matches, and the Yanks have only lost once when he’s contributed to a goal (in Couva, ironically).

How will the USMNT lineup without Christian Pulisic?

We had Pulisic at his preferred right wing when we rolled out our predicted XI for El Salvador under the assumption that the team leader would be available to help send a(nother) stern message to the rest of CONCACAF.

There are several candidates to slot into his position, even with Timothy Weah pulling out of the squad with injury. Marseille’s Konrad de la Fuente would be comfortable on the right but that would give the U.S. a potential very young attack with Gio Reyna, Brenden Aaronson, and Josh Sargent.

In this USMNT, Pulisic is considered a veteran leader and we’re well aware of the value Berhalter places on experience and familiarity. Sebastian Lletget may’ve been starting over Brenden Aaronson or even Gio Reyna, anyway, so we’re going to assume that he gets the like-for-like positional swap or moves Reyna out wide.

There’s another move that would see Weston McKennie playing more advanced and free with Kellyn Acosta or Cristian Roldan playing next to Tyler Adams, or Josh Sargent could drop to right wing with Jordan Pefok going up top.

Here’s our bet:

Steffen

Dest — Zimmerman — Brooks — A. Robinson

Adams — McKennie

Reyna Pulisic — Lletget Reyna — Aaronson

Sargent

More transfer news

Full list of Premier League transfers in summer window Tottenham sells USMNT back Carter-Vickers to Celtic Griezmann leaves Barcelona, returns to Atletico Madrid

How will USMNT line up without Christian Pulisic in El Salvador? originally appeared on NBCSports.com

Source: Yahoo Sports

Previous

Report: Warriors need to be vaccinated to play in San Francisco

Next

Abraham Toro’s sac fly helps Mariners edge Astros, 1-0

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Check Also

Pro Sports Media

Trending Now

NBA may make reviewing out-of-bounds in last 2 minutes a coach’s challenge only

Even for those of us who are die-hard basketball junkies, the final two minutes of a close NBA game can drag. With the advent of video review, every close play — especially out-of-bounds calls, those plays are automatic review triggers — has referees scurrying to the video replay table. Throw in an assortment of fouls […]

Read More

Braves try to avoid repeat against hard-to-eliminate Dodgers

For a fifth time in two seasons, the Atlanta Braves will take the field knowing that one victory will launch them into their first World Series in over two decades, although on Saturday they finally will have a distinct advantage. The Braves will take on the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday in Game 6 of […]

Read More

Red Sox vs. Astros Game 2 Recap

Hoops Hype Warriors waive Avery Bradley, others The Golden State Warriors have waived forward/center Jordan Bell, along with guards Avery Bradley, Mychal Mulder and Gary Payton II, the team announced today. Source: NBA.com What’s the buzz on Twitter? Emiliano Carchia @ Sportando Warriors sign … Source: Yahoo Sports

Read More