There’s been a lot of angst about Christian Pulisic’s (relative lack of) involvement with Chelsea over the past couple seasons in the American football media, but his prospects of being in the national team have never even wavered, let alone become questioned.
And so, as confirmed a few hours ago to the surprise of absolutely no one, Captain America will be there to captain America at the World Cup in Qatar later this month.
While the choice to not take fellow forwards Jordan Pefok (first-choice for Union Berlin, second in the Bundesliga) and Ricardo Pepi (5 goals in 8 games for Groningen in the Eredivisie) is quite flabbergasting from head coach Gregg Berhalter, Pulisic’s inclusion was always a foregone conclusion.
Good luck, CP10!
Alas, young Gabriel Slonina did not quite make it, nor did former Chelsea loanee Matt Miazga.
The full roster of 26 for this soccer thing, the The USA will screech like freedom eagles against England, Wales, and Iran — tasty! — is as follows.
GOALKEEPERS: Ethan Horvath (Luton Town), Sean Johnson (NYCFC), Matt Turner (Arsenal)
DEFENDERS: Cameron Carter-Vickers (Celtic), Sergiño Dest (AC Milan), Aaron Long (NY Red Bulls), Shaq Moore (Nashville SC), Tim Ream (Fulham), Antonee Robinson (Fulham), Joe Scally (Borussia Mönchengladbach), DeAndre Yedlin (Inter Miami), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC)
MIDFIELDERS: Brenden Aaronson (Leeds Utd), Kellyn Acosta (LAFC), Tyler Adams (Leeds Utd), Luca de la Torre (Celta Vigo), Weston McKennie (Juventus), Yunus Musah (Valencia), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders)
FORWARDS: Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea), Giovanni Reyna (Borussia Dortmund), Josh Sargent (Norwich City), Timothy Weah (Lille), Haji Wright (Antalyaspor)