USMNT vs. Mexico Preview: His Name is Mr. Pulisic

When I was just a young lad of 23, I studied abroad in Mexico City. Two things stand out at me from that trip: One, I dated a girl named Natalia whose primary form of communicating was to roll her eyes at me. And two, I drank enough alcohol to kill a yak. Now, anyone who knows me now knows I don’t drink anymore. This trip to Mexico was probably the beginning of the end for me, at least as far as my drinking career goes. Who knows how many brain cells I killed. Did I have a great time? Obviously. Do I regret it? Probably not. But sometimes I can’t help but wonder…

Now, you’re probably asking yourself: Why do they call it “unlimited data” when it’s not really unlimited? And that’s a great question. And the answer is they’re all a bunch of cheats and liars. I have Verizon. I’m not thrilled about it. I get unlimited talk and text for just 33 bucks a month because I’m a frugal bastard. But I hear about people paying $80 bucks a month or more for cell service, and it boggles my mind. What are you guys doing? Do you really need to stream Designated Survivor when you’re riding the bus?

You’re probably also asking yourself what, if any, significance the game against Mexico could have for Christian Pulisic’s career. The answer: not much. At this point the only thing that really matters is how Christian plays for his club team, Chelsea. He can score 16 goals tomorrow dislocate half the jaws of the fans watching him do stepovers and it will mean nothing if he doesn’t start performing for Chelsea. Which means two things need happen (maybe three [maybe eight]).

  1. He needs to stop being so damn nervous. It’s evident that when CP’s been on the field for Chelsea he’s nervous. He’s tentative. Combine that with the fact that he’s not hustling as much as he normally does and you have a recipe for him being out of the starting lineup soon.
  2. He needs to hustle more. He needs to watch Mason Mount and do exactly what he does.
  3. He needs to give the ball away less.
  4. AKA 8. He needs to put the ball in the net. Not tomorrow, but maybe tomorrow. And also against Wolves next week. And Ajax. And Liverpool.

The good thing? Frank Lampard seems to have confidence in Pulisic despite his recent performances, which have lacked luster. If this confidence continues it may seep into Cha Boi’s brain and he may start to play better.

But anyway, back to the preview.

Pulisic > Lozano.

Thanks for reading!

-MW

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