The 23-year-old has to remind himself that he no longer has to carry his national team alone Christian Pulisic has admitted that he sometimes puts himself under pressure to “save” the US national team, which could be detrimental to his career.
Christian Pulisic has been a key USMNT player since he was a child and now hopes to help his country qualify for the 2022 World Cup after a shocking failure to reach Russia in 2018.
The 23-year-old USMNT shows are out of date, something he says about his desire to “overwork.”
What has been said?
“Sometimes it’s hard,” Pulisic told ESPN. “I’m not fully educated yet. Especially back in the US, I sometimes feel so stressed that I need to do something special when I need to play the best I can, do what I can, and hope people realize that.
“It’s about playing my game, I did it with all my might and I don’t have to worry about what any outside sources say because that’s not what matters.
“For example, in the last national team games, the first couple I join say to themselves,‘ I need to do my best and do something to save the team, ’but we don’t need that because we have a strong team. ”
Pulisic with the USMNT
Pulisic made his USMNT debut in 2016 and has scored 18 goals in 45 games.
As a young man, Pulisic led USMNT in scoring goals during their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.
Pulisic has seen a generation of young American talent since then, including Gio Reyna, Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie, and Sergino Dest.
With the US aiming to qualify for the 2022 World Cup, Pulisic has scored two goals in 11 games for his team – four of which he was forced to miss due to injury or recovery in Covid-19.
Pulisic was criticized for his performance against El Salvador and Canada in a World Cup qualifier last month, although he managed to get off the bench and score a goal against Honduras in the next match.