United States men’s national team star Christian Pulisic left the Americans’ critical World Cup group stage clash with Iran at halftime after he suffered an abdominal injury while scoring late in the first half.
The USA talisman suffered the injury in the 38th minute after bundling Sergino Dest’s floated header into the net, giving the U.S. a 1-0 lead. Gregg Berhalter’s team needs a win to advance to the Round of 16.
The Hershey, Pennsylvania, native appeared to collide with Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand as he got on the end of Dest’s flick. He immediately crumbled to the ground, grabbing his upper leg.
Christian Pulisic comes up BIG for the #USMNT!
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Pulisic spent a good while on the pitch and looked a doubt to last much longer in the first half. However, after being helped to the sideline by the USA training staff, he opted to return to the game.
Pulisic limped around for the first few minutes after returning to the pitch. However, he looked fairly sprightly as stoppage time wore on, even making a dashing run to try to link up with Tim Weah and Josh Sargent towards the end of the half.
However, Pulisic did not return to the field after the interval, with Brenden Aaronson replacing him for the start of the second half.
Aaronson replaces Pulisic (abdominal injury) at the break. pic.twitter.com/StFaBxD1ol
— U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team (@USMNT) November 29, 2022
Berhalter didn’t have any updates to provide postgame. However, per a U.S. Soccer spokesperson, he was taken to a local hospital to undergo scans.
USSF spox: Pulisic with an abdominal injury. Went to the hospital for scans. Not at stadium.
— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) November 29, 2022