NEWS USMNT stars aim to play against Netherlands

USMNT stars aim to play against Netherlands

AL RAYYAN, Qatar – United States midfielder Christian Pulisic said on Thursday he will “do everything he can” for Saturday’s World Cup round of 16 match against the Netherlands.

Pulisic’s official status remains a pelvic contusion, according to a US Soccer Association spokesperson.

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He was injured after scoring against Iran in Tuesday’s final group game. The United States eventually won 1-0, with Greg Berhalter’s side finishing second in Group B. The question now is whether he will recover in time to play.

“I’m going to meet the team’s medical staff now and make a decision. [training] Today, just to see how I feel, to take it day by day,” Pulisic told a news conference on Thursday. “Right now I’m doing everything I can to be able to be on the pitch on Saturday. ”,57928603.html later clarified that he “wasn’t hit by the ball. I’m fine,” but he was hit in the pelvic bone.

“It was very painful. That bone was there to protect you; I fought well,” he said. “It hurts, but it’s getting better.”

Pulisic’s form remains the biggest concern for Saturday’s game against the Netherlands. Without him, the U.S. struggled in the second half against Iran, even after the game was over.

But Pulisic said he still believes the team can get the job done no matter who is on the field, taking the pressure off him.

“Honestly, this team has helped me a lot and relieved my stress,” he said. “A few years ago, sometimes I felt like I needed to do more.

“But with these guys, I honestly don’t feel that way at all. I know they have my back. I know when I’m down and I see Brendon [Aaronson] Running on the field, I’m not worried at all because I know these guys.

“I mean, you see the talent. You see the work they’ve done. It’s the unity of this group that makes it special and relieves any pressure I might have. They know I have their backs .them [have] got mine. ”

A U.S. Soccer spokesman added that forward Josh Sargent also suffers from daily right ankle soreness.

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