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Chelsea star Christian Pulisic had cut short his international duty with the United States national team and made an early return to Stamford Bridge to prepare for the game against Wolves this weekend.
The 20-year-old featured in his country’s 3-0 friendly defeat against Mexico in New Jersey in the early hours of Friday morning and was then due to travel to 950 miles to St. Louis, Missouri, for a friendly against Uruguay on Wednesday.
The Uruguay friendly will mean Pulisic would face a 10-hour flight back to London just days before Chelsea’s clash with Wolves at the Molineux on Saturday afternoon, which would have made him miss the clash due to fatigue.
US team coach Gregg Berhalter has now revealed why he let Pulisic return to Chelsea early in order to help his preparations ahead of the Wolves clash.
The US boss said: “It’s a delicate thing because I know people want us to win. I understand that. I’m not foolish, but we also have a process we have to go through. We have to do this if we want to get to where we want to get to.”
Speaking particularly on Pulisic, he went on: “There’s very high expectations on his performance at Chelsea; we felt he would benefit from being there the full week in training to be able to prepare for his game on the weekend.
“It’s a sacrifice. It hurts me that Christian can’t be here. But if I look at the long term, it’s probably more important for Christian to be playing 40 games for Chelsea this year than one game against Uruguay.”
At the end, USA played a 1-1 draw with Uruguay, with Jordan Morris scoring a 79th minute goal to help his side to earn a draw.