With young rising stars Brendan Aaronson, Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Giovanni Reyna, Sergiño Dest, and Tyler Adams, the United States men’s national team has a bright future ahead. Before the USA competes in the World Cup in Qatar in late November, they are playing some friendlies to prepare for the CONCACAF Nations League.
The Hershey, PA native Pulisic and former Philadelphia Union player Aaronson combined for the opening goal in the team’s friendly against Morocco as they cruised to a 3-0 victory. Pulisic brilliantly brought down an over the top pass from Walker Zimmerman with a sublime first touch as he created space in the box with a cut back before setting up Aaronson for a tap-in goal.
On the squad’s third goal, Aaronson ripped off a shot in the box before it fell to Pulisic on the rebound as he shifted past a defender to earn the penalty kick. Haji Wright converted the penalty to ice the game and USA started the international break on a strong note.
Pulisic started in both friendly games as Aaronson started in the first and came off the bench in the second. The USMNT tied Uruguay 0-0 in their second friendly this past Sunday after they could not find the finishing touch to score the winning goal.
This Friday the team will begin their hunt for a trophy as they are set to face Grenada in the League A CONCACAF Nations League. Pulisic and Aaronson plan to work their magic once more on a bigger stage as they log the final preparations before the highly anticipated World Cup, a stage where the U.S. is slated to make some noise in their group and advance to the Round of 16. Now see if the Pulisic and Aaronson connection can be dangerous when the competition matters.
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