USA national media deliver their verdicts on Christian Pulisic's performance at the World Cup yesterday
NBC Sports have claimed in their player ratings for last night’s World Cup game that USA’s performance showed their plan is built around Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic.
The Stars and Stripes looked set to begin their campaign with a win last night after a dominant first half against Wales, where Pulisic in particular starred.
However, a late Gareth Bale penalty rescued his side a point, with both nations still having to face an impressive looking England side.
The 24-year-old Chelsea man is the clear star in the American side, and that was easy to tell by watching how they attacked.
Picking the ball up on the left, Pulisic frequently caused the Wales defence problems, putting in a number of crosses that just needed a touch to add to USA’s first half goal.
Pulisic impresses in America
The strike in question is largely down to the Chelsea winger too, with him driving through the midfield before slipping in Timothy Weah to score.
NBC Sports praised the performance of their star player, saying his display showed him taking responsibility as the best performer in the side.
He said: “Pulisic got the assist on Weah’s goal, driving forward through the heart of midfield and slipping a perfectly time pass into space with pressure all around.
“He was exactly who the USMNT needs him to be 100 percent of the time. His 67 touches were uncharacteristically high for the USMNT, which is a great sign of a smart game plan built around the best players.”
The national team will probably require an even better performance on Friday, when the US take on England in the second group game.
With both Wales and USA expected to beat Iran, it could even be a case of keeping the goals down against the Three Lions, with there being the potential of goal difference having an effect.