From the “tempest of the English Premier League”, as the Washington Post put it, Christian Pulisic is back home on familiar soil, training with the US Men’s National Team at George Mason University, where both his parents played their collegiate football.
That’s not to say that all the pressure is off. In fact, the spotlight may be shining even brighter now on the great big hope and hype of US soccer, considering it’s the home media who are really driving the issue and “raising the questions”, again the Post’s wording, regarding his playing time at Chelsea — which, it should be noted, may be trending down, but is still comparable to Willian (trending up) and Pedro (trending down), and well ahead of the recently returned from injury Callum Hudson-Odoi (trending up).
So, for Pulisic himself, the international break is simply a chance to play some football as the US begin play in the newly created CONCACAF Nations League, which is analogous to the similarly named UEFA brainchild. They may be just glorified friendlies, but that doesn’t mean the 21-year-old isn’t fully focused on them.
“I’m here now to be focused with the U.S. national team, so that’s really all that’s on my mind right now.”
“I feel the best I ever have. I feel very confident in my game. I’m not going to let any of that affect me. I feel very strong, and I’m really looking forward to this game Friday.”
-Christian Pulisic; source: Washington Post
All eyes on Christian then, still.
P.S.: Episode 2 of the Players’ Tribune video thingamabob is out. Might as well watch it.