American teenager Christian Pulisic did not travel to El Salvador before the World Cup on Thursday, head coach Gregg Berhalter has confirmed.
Pulisic was tested for COVID-19 last month, is making an anti-time competition to be ready for three USMNT qualifiers.
The Chelsea striker will not face El Salvador but could play Canada on Sunday or Honduras next Wednesday.
Pulisic seems to be back soon
After confirming his diagnosis, Pulisic went to the media to confirm that he was fully vaccinated and did not experience any symptoms.
Pulisic was forced to withdraw from London, although he was still named in the USMNT list in three qualifying matches.
The 22-year-old was able to travel to meet his teammates in Nashville, Tenn., This week, where he took part in a workout.
But he stayed in Nashville while his teammates travel to El Salvador on Wednesday.
Who can replace Pulisic?
With the departure of Pulisic, Berhalter could start Konrad de la Fuente, who has started well in Marseille after moving to Barcelona this summer.
The United States is thin on the winger’s side, with Tim Weah forced to leave the club due to injury. Brenden Aaronson, a natural natural player, could be deported to the US
“We also need Paul Arriola and Jordan Morris, so four wings are down now,” Berhalter said. “One of my problems is reviewing. When you think of Jordan Morris, Paul Arriola, a Christian to some degree, Timmy Weah, it gives you the look you want, the intimidation of critics, and when you think of someone like Gio. [Reyna] and Konrad and Brendan either, it’s hard for them.
“That’s what we’re talking about with our winger team: stretching the opponent, being straight, using our speed, using our speed behind our opponent because we know it’s an important part of our game.”
Jordan Pefok, Josh Sargent and Ricardo Pepi are the favorites to choose between Berhalter.
Steffen came out again
Zack Steffen, who was no longer active on Thursday, is Matt Turner who was named the founder of USMNT.
Steffen had suffered a back problem and woke up in pain Wednesday morning, which prompted Berhalter to decide to leave him in Nashville.
“The bus has come in a little bit,” Berhalter said. “She’s been through something like this last season, but it’s something that just happened to her a few days ago.
“He woke up today and his back was very strong, and it would have been effective – and I went to see if he could take part in the game. We thought it best to leave him and get back on track and try to run on Sunday.”