DOHA, QATAR – NOVEMBER 29: Christian Pulisic of United States receives medical treatment after scoring their side’s first goal during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match between IR Iran and USA at Al Thumama Stadium on November 29, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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USMNT star Christian Pulisic appeared to injure his groin on the squad’s first goal of the match against Iran.
Despite a plethora of chances early, it wasn’t until after the 35th minute that the United States was able to finally get on the board. A brilliant cross from Sergino Dest set up Pulisic, often deemed Captain America and the first of what many expected to be a golden generation for United States soccer, who promptly dispatched of the ball in the back of the net.
Pulisic, however, was injured after the play. He was able to stay in the game until halftime at the very least.
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Christian Pulisic was able to convert his first opportunity of the game, while others struggled mightily to do so. The United States had another chance before halftime on the break, but could not take advantage.
To advance past the group stage, the USMNT must defeat Iran by any scoreline. If they draw, their fate is out of their hands.
Pulisic is really having a great world cup man. Needs to he getting minutes at Chelsea after the world cup finishes
— Conn (@ConnCFC) November 29, 2022
A draw against Wales and then England let to some frustration from the U.S. side, as they failed to convert several chances and frankly should have defeated the former.
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For the United States, advancing is simple — all they need to do is defeat Iran. It can be by one goal or 10, it really does not matter. Should they fail to accomplish that task, they’ll likely be watching the rest of the tournament from home.
The United States ended the first 45 minutes-plus with a 1-0 lead thanks to Pulisic. Should they survive the next 45 against a tough Iran side, they’ll advance to the knockout round.