Christian Pulisic scores 18th international goal for USMNT
Chelsea’s No 10 came on in the second half to score the third and final goal of the match in the United States victory over Honduras on Wednesday.
The United States men’s national team bounced back in the World Cup qualifiers in CONCACAF after losing to Canada over the weekend. The USMNT hosted Honduras in extreme weather conditions in St. Paul, Minnesota and they managed to secure the crucial points with a 3-0 win.
Set pieces key for the USMNT
Early in the game, Weston McKennie headed the ball in after a free kick to score the first goal of the night and this gave confidence to the home side. Later in the first half (37th minute) Walker Zimmerman found the ball inside the box after a corner kick to score the second goal for the United States to give them a cushion before the break.
Pulisic made an appearance
After being criticized for his poor performance against El Salvador and Canada, the coach of the US team, Gregg Berhlater, decided to sit the Chelsea playmaker for the first half. Pulisic came on in the 64th minute, replacing Jordan Morris, and he made his presence felt quickly.
In the 67th minute, Ricardo Pepi flicked the ball after a corner kick and it landed on the Pulisic, who quickly controlled it and shot from a close range to find the back of the net. This was his 18th international career goal for the 23-year-old in 45 appearances and it secured the 3-0 victory against Honduras.
The United States are one step away from securing their spot in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar because they will remain in second place with only three games left in the round-robin tournament. The USMNT will return to action on the final window of the qualifiers in March to play against Mexico, Panama and Costa Rica.
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