USMNT have qualified for the first football World Cup in years. They failed to qualify for the previous edition of the tournament in Russia and the captain, Christian Pulisic now wants to make amends by being successful in Qatar.
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Football isn’t the most popular sport in the United States and while Women’s football in the States continues to grow exponentially and reach new heights, the Men’s team still has a long way to go.
“Maybe it hasn’t been the top sport back in the States and we want to change the way that the world sees American soccer – it’s one of our goals,” Pulisic told The Guardian. ”We haven’t been at the level of some of these world powerhouses in recent decades, but we’ve had good teams with a lot of heart. We can take it to the next step – a successful World Cup would change a lot.”
Pulisic also discussed his current season at Chelsea, who had a bright start under Graham Potter but suffered a dip in form before the break, losing three successive matches in the Premier League. The new boss is already under pressure, but Pulisic has backed him to turn the Blues’ fortunes around. “He’s been good. He’s come in and the way he’s worked with the players and communicated with the players has impressed me the most,” he said.
”We had a great start with him. We’ve had some difficulties in recent weeks but I think he’s working through it and I think the guys have received him quite well. We’re excited. There’s going to be good things going forward.”
USMNT have a tough group with England, Wales and Iran to play in the group-stage.