Chelsea may have emerged 2-0 winners at Stamford Bridge last weekend against Crystal Palace in the Premier League, but it appears that the win may have come at some cost for the United States Men's National Team (USMNT). Chelsea's in-form star Christian Pulisic has been ruled out of the USA’s CONCACAF Nations League matches against Canada and Cuba. USA manager Gregg Berhalter was hopeful that the former Borussia Dortmund man would recover in time for the crunch fixture against Canada. However, after assessing Pulisic, Gregg Berhalter said that leaving Pulisic out of the squad was in the best interest of the player.
Pulisic signed for Chelsea from Borussia Dortmund for a reported fee of €64 million. The USMNT star had a slow start to life in London. However, Pulisic has set the Premier League alight in recent weeks. Christian Pulisic was on the scoresheet during Chelsea's win over Crystal Palace last weekend. His more impressive showing, however, was in the game against Burnley. Pulisic netted a hat-trick at Turf Moor during Premier League Matchday 10 on his first start for Chelsea.
🗞 | The #USMNT’s 23 player roster for our decisive @CNationsLeague matches vs. 🇨🇦 on Nov. 15 in Orlando and 🇨🇺 on Nov. 19 in the Cayman Islands.— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) November 11, 2019
Pulisic was part of the initial selection for the CONCACAF Nations League fixtures with Canada and Cuba. However, the USMNT star picked up a hip injury during the win against Crystal Palace last weekend. With five goals in nine top-flight outings, Christian Pulisic is just starting to hit form. His services, therefore, will be sorely missed against Canada. USA are currently second in their group after succumbing to a loss against Canada last time around. Interestingly, during the 2-0 loss away to Canada, Christian Pulisic was hauled off after 60 minutes. The Chelsea star was then left in tears after being substituted as he settled for a place on the bench to watch Canada triumph.