USMNT’s Christian Pulisic ‘still thinks’ about first-half chance during Netherlands World Cup loss


United States forward Christian Pulisic has revealed he still dwells over a missed first-half chance over two weeks after his side’s loss to the Netherlands.

In the third minute of the last-16 tie, Pulisic was through on goal, presented with a one-on-one chance against Netherlands keeper Andries Noppert.

His weak effort was saved however, and the Netherlands took a 2-0 lead by the end of the first-half after goals from Memphis Depay and Daley Blind.

Haji Wright’s goal could not spark a comeback, and the Netherlands completed a 3-1 win thanks to Denzel Dumfries. The Netherlands would lose on penalties to Argentina in the quarter-finals.

Speaking on teammate Tim Ream’s ‘Indirect’ podcast, Pulisic revealed he still dwells on the moment.

“Had I finished that chance, the game goes differently,” he said.“I would love that back. I still think about it. It’s a learning experience. I think there’s a reason why it didn’t go in, things happened the way it did. It all happens for a reason.”

However, he revealed that results did give him optimism for when the United States host the World Cup alongside Canada and Mexico in 2026.

“I think my most significant takeaway would just be the experience that a lot of this team now has under their belt,” Pulisic said. “Coming back here with my Chelsea teammates, for example, they’re all talking about like, ’You guys actually have a good team. We didn’t know. You guys looked good, you guys looked good against England, you guys have a strong team.

“I knew we had a strong team, and once everyone kind of came together, you could see that. And also now with the World Cup in the States next time around, I think these experiences are so important.”

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