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USMNT without Christian Pulisic for World Cup qualifier

USMNT without Christian Pulisic for World Cup qualifier


The United States men’s national team confirmed earlier in the week that forward Timothy Weah will miss this month’s three World Cup qualifiers due to an injury he suffered while training with Ligue 1 club Lille this past weekend. 

It’s now known the team’s biggest star won’t take part in Thursday’s qualifying opener at El Salvador. 

As The Athletic noted, Christian Pulisic did not travel with the Americans for Thursday’s showdown as he works to return to full fitness after he recently missed time due to testing positive for COVID-19 while with Premier League club Chelsea. Instead, the 22-year-old is staying back in Nashville to continue training that he began during the international break on Monday. 

Pulisic said he is fully vaccinated and experienced no virus symptoms but nevertheless had to isolate for a minimum of 10 days due to guidelines in England. Thus, he was unable to participate in Chelsea’s last two Premier League matches leading up to the break that began following Sunday’s fixtures. 


The Athletic’s Paul Tenorio adds that either Brenden Aaronson or Konrad de la Fuente will likely take Pulisic’s spot in the squad on Thursday. Pulisic’s status for Sunday’s qualifier versus Canada in Nashville is up in the air. 

The U.S. are away to Honduras next Wednesday.