Pulisic happy with the American challenge

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Chelsea star Christian Pulisic has not been with the U.S. national team since November 2019, with injuries having also played a role in his long absence.

The 22-year-old has watched from the sidelines as the likes of Sergino Dest, Weston McKennie and Gio Reyna have emerged from behind the scenes and are now playing for big clubs.

Weston McKennie sealed a big move to Juventus, Sergino Dest’s blockbuster transfer to Barcelona is another huge one for America, as well as Gio Reyna’s move to Borussia Dortmund.

US national team boss Gregg Berhalter believes that the emergence of this trio will be a welcome development following the return of Pulisic.

“I think this will be a great opportunity for him to get together with his friends and get to see the group,” Berhalter said.

“I remember when I played for the national team coming back and joining up with the team and seeing all your buddies again and then getting on the field and being able to compete with them, that was the best part of it.

“So I’m sure he’s excited about it and it will be great to have him in camp and great to have him on the field.”

Pulisic indeed revealed that he is pleased to join back this setup and also challenge his national teammates for places.

He added: “It’s amazing to watch these guys go through similar stuff to what I go through and what I’ve been through, and it’s just awesome to see other people challenging themselves and playing at such high levels.

“It’s really a good thing for our country and for our national team, of course. I wish, obviously, I could have been there instead of watching those last couple of friendlies and games that I had to miss out on.

“Now I finally get the chance to play with these guys, and we’re all really excited.

“Coming back and just talking to some Americans is always really nice. You kind of take it for granted, always being in a different country, but just being able to talk to these guys, some of them that I’ve known for so long, it’s good.

“It’s good playing with these guys again and also seeing the new faces. It’s exciting times.”

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