Pulisic back for US friendlies v Eng­land, Italy

Gulf Times Sport - - FOOTBALL -

Los An­ge­les: Borus­sia Dort­mund star Chris­tian Pulisic was named in the United States squad to face Eng­land and Italy in friendly internationals later this month but there was no place for vet­eran mid­fielder Michael Bradley.

Pulisic, 20, missed last month’s friendlies against Colom­bia and Peru but has been re­called to the squad along with fel­low Bun­desliga-based player We­ston McKen­nie for the games on November 15 and 20. Pulisic has only played 89 min­utes of in­ter­na­tional foot­ball in the last 13 months but has en­joyed a good run of form with Dort­mund.

US in­terim man­ager Dave Sarachan has been in charge of the side for just over a year fol­low­ing the team’s shock fail­ure to qual­ify for the World Cup fi­nals in Rus­sia. With Ma­jor League Soc­cer into its post­sea­son, Sarachan has named an ex­panded train­ing squad of 28 play­ers for the in­ter­na­tional break.

The squad will be whit­tled down to 24 on November

11. As well as Pulisic’s re­call, Sarachan’s squad also sees call-ups for Fulham mid­fielder Luca de la Torre and Malmo’s Ro­main Gall. Gall, 23, has scored 14 goals in 30 games dur­ing his ca­reer in Swe­den. Sarachan said he wanted to use the games to give younger US play­ers the op­por­tu­nity of play­ing in “big games.”

“With the avail­abil­ity of some play­ers that we didn’t get to see in the last fix­ture win­dow due to in­jury, the think­ing is this ros­ter gives us depth with young play­ers that still need the ex­pe­ri­ence of big games, es­pe­cially games abroad,” Sarachan said.

For­mer cap­tain Bradley had been omit­ted in or­der to give the 31-year-old a break. “Af­ter hav­ing earned 142 caps, his need for th­ese games is far less im­por­tant than it would be for play­ers with less ex­pe­ri­ence,” Sarachan said.

“At this stage, it made sense to give him some ex­tra time off and also al­low th­ese games to be a plat­form for play­ers that lack that kind of ex­pe­ri­ence.” The USA face Eng­land on November 15 be­fore play­ing Italy in Genk, Bel­gium five days later.

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