US pondering over Pulisic Olympics inclusion

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Chelsea star Christian Pulisic is only 21 and thus eligible for the Olympic games selection.

 The 2020 Olympics are set to take place in Japan in the middle of summer, and the American side are pondering whether to include the Chelsea winger.

USMNT general manager Brian McBride has revealed that the matter will be discussed with all concerned so that the right decision will be made.

Pulisic’s future has to be considered as well, as the timing of the event will clash with the club’s pre-season.

“Things like that will definitely be discussed,” said Brian McBride on Monday. “That will go all the way through (U.S. Soccer sporting director Earnie Stewart), through myself, and through (USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter) and of course Jason Kreis, who is the Olympic coach.”

Meanwhile, U.S. Soccer sporting director Earnie Stewart said: “The positions are given away within Chelsea’s squad in the beginning of their quest to get ready for the league and we have to look at that too.

“We might have the influence of a player going to the Olympics but not playing for a longer period of time (at his club) leading into World Cup Qualifiers and even into a World Cup later on. It’s not an easy process.

“We will look at the talented players that we have within the player pool and then see where those gaps are and filling those with elderly players and men’s national team players that can gain that experience but very closely engaging with clubs, not jeopardizing their future at the club as well because that will hurt us in the long run.”

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