The United States Men’s National Team announced its team for the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Monday, but its biggest name is nowhere to be seen.
Christian Pulisic has been left out of the side after a busy few months.
The Chelsea F.C player won’t be taking part in the Gold Cup despite leading the USMNT to glory at the CONCACAF Nations League just two weeks ago.
Pulisic claimed victory for his nation with a penalty in the 114th minute to beat Mexico 3-2 in the final and was named in the Nations League Best XI.
The 22-year-old became the first American to win the UEFA Champions League on May 29 with Chelsea F.C., and was playing against Honduras for his country less than a week later to the surprise of the coaching staff.
“I mean, you try to tell Christian that he’s not playing on Thursday. It’s going to be a very difficult one,” USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter said after his team’s friendly with Switzerland.
“Coming off of winning the Champions League, coming in the game, making an impact in that game, he’s ready to go. It would be very hard to keep him out of the lineup.”
While Pulisic could have been gunning for a third trophy to finish out the 2020/2021 season, a break for the midfielder has been on the cards for a while.
Berhalter admitted back in February it was either playing in the Nations League or Gold Cup for Pulisic.
“These guys need a break, so I can imagine them playing one of those tournaments and then getting rest,” he said.
“That’s going to be true for a lot of our guys who are going through similar situations right now.”
Pulisic was named in the CONCACAF Gold Cup Best XI in 2019, and also picked up the Best Young Player Award in a campaign that saw the U.S. fall short in the final against Mexico.
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