DOHA, Qatar — Christian Pulisic assured his United States teammates he’d be prepared for Saturday’s match in opposition to the Netherlands after choosing up an harm in his crew’s Group B win over Iran on Tuesday.
Pulisic was concerned in a tough collision with Iran keeper Alireza Beiranvand shortly earlier than half-time as he tapped in a headed cross from Sergino Dest to place the US up 1-0 and assist earn the People a spot within the knockout rounds.
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The Chelsea winger mentioned in a social media post after the sport that he would “be prepared Saturday, don’t be concerned,” whereas teammate Weston McKennie mentioned: “I despatched him a textual content and checked on him, and he mentioned, ‘Greatest consider I will be prepared on Saturday.'”
Pulisic lay on the bottom within the goalmouth for a couple of minutes following the collision earlier than leaving the sphere and receiving consideration from the crew’s trainers after which coming again on to complete the primary half.
Brenden Aaronson got here on for Pulisic at half-time, with US Soccer saying after the match he had been taken to the hospital and recognized with a pelvic contusion that was termed “everyday.”
“Clearly we’re very grateful that he threw his physique there,” McKennie mentioned after the match. “On the finish it was a heart-drop sinking second, however we acquired it achieved and we’re excited to nonetheless be right here.”
US coach Gregg Berhalter praised Pulisic’s exhausting work and toughness after the match and mentioned he and the gamers had a brief video name with him from the dressing room.
“We acquired to talk to him and he is in good spirits,” Berhalter informed a information convention. “That is what he does, that is the particular high quality he has and as quickly as a objective is extensive he goes in with depth.
“He crashes the field and makes it actually troublesome for defenders together with his change of tempo. It is a great factor when considered one of your greatest gamers can be some of the exhausting working.
“He is definitely that. I can not say sufficient optimistic issues about Christian.”
US captain Tyler Adams mentioned he was praying for his teammate and added it is objectives like these he is come to count on from Pulisic.
“What number of objectives has he scored like that in his profession? Again put up arriving, he is good,” Adams mentioned. “The way in which that his timing is into the field and to get in entrance of that ball — he’ll do something to this crew to ensure that us to win.
“Enormous participant for us, clearly. Praying for him, hoping every part is OK. He’ll dangle in there. I do know he’ll do something to play within the subsequent sport.”
Josh Sargent was changed by Haji Wright within the seventy fifth minute after touchdown awkwardly on his proper foot whereas avoiding a deal with. Like Pulisic, he additionally obtained therapy on the sphere however was capable of stroll off below his personal energy.
The US noticed out 9 minutes of second-half stoppage time to win their first World Cup match since 2014 and arrange a round-of-16 showdown with the Netherlands on Saturday.
ESPN author Kyle Bonagura contributed to this report and data from the Related Press was additionally used.