Gold Cup’s Best Young Player: Pulisic impresses with national team.

Our Blue American shone for his national team this summer.

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Pulisic shuts down the deniers against Trinidad and Tobago (Image – ESPN FC)

Overview

Christian had a very strong tournament, winning himself the Best Young Player and qualifying for the Gold Cup Best XI, where he very well could have contended for the Golden Ball.

He featured in the LCM position of Gregg Berhalter’s 4-3-3, where he’s been given free roam of the left wing and the midfield. Pulisic involved himself in a goal per game over the 6-game span that saw the United States lose 1-0 to Mexico in the final (3 goals and 3 assists).

Group Round

Against Guyana, Pulisic’s job was to help make a statement following two harsh friendly losses to Jamaica and Venezuela. He did just that, bossing the midfield and creating space for his teammates in a 4-0 win.

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Pulisic and Mckennie celebrate game-winner (Image – The Athletic)

In their second match against Trinidad and Tobago, he put on a show, displaying a man of the match performance with a goal and two assists in the 6-0 victory. This was large, following the US loss in 2017 to Trinidad that resulted in the red, white, and blue not qualifying for the World Cup.

Having already qualified for the knockout stages, Christian came on as a sub in the 66′ minute against Panama, coincidentally the men in red scored the game-winner a minute later in the 1-0 win.

Knockout Stages

Returning to his hometown in Pennsylvania against Curacao, Christian Pulisic captained his country for just the second time in his career. A match in which he assisted the game-winner to Shalke midfielder Weston Mckennie.

Christian Pulisic scores twice, powers USMNT into Gold Cup final (Image – Washington Post)

Doing what he does best, Pulisic put on another man of the match performance in the Gold Cup Semifinal victory over Jamaica. The United States won 3-1 thanks to a brace and an assist from the man himself. There was a lot of doubt about this match following their 1-0 pre-tournament loss to Jamaica, and Christian shut them up quickly.

Then came the final, in a game where you’d expect him to shine the brightest, he probably struggled the most out of any player on the field. It may be harsh, but his dribbles always included one touch too many, or there was too much weight on his passes. Granted he was under a lot of pressure, but that will be something he needs to get used to when coming to London.

Takeaway

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Christian Pulisic of USA walks past the CONCACAF Gold Cup Trophy (Image – Yahoo! Sports)

Now, being a American and also a Chelsea fan, although it was unfortunate to lose, this loss was probably the best thing that could happen to him coming into preseason with new boss Frank Lampard. He’s got a bit of confidence after a strong performance overall, but he’ll also join the group with a chip on his shoulder and something more to prove. It’s safe to say he’s good at that.

Twitter – @liamhungate

(Featured Image – Gold Cup) – Former USA player Earnie Stewart presents to Christian Pulisic the Scotiabank Best Young Player Award of the Concacaf Gold Cup on July 7, 2019, at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.

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