Pulisic leaves match vs Chile with right quadriceps injury
HOUSTON (AP) — Christian Pulisic became the youngest American to score 10 international goals, then left in the first half of Tuesday night’s exhibition against Chile after injuring his right quadriceps.
Pulisic went down in the 34th minute near midfield, prompting an athletic trainer to come out. Pulisic limped off under his own power, was attended to on the bench and was replaced by Sebastian Lletget.
Pulisic scored in the fourth minute, bursting toward goal, running onto a one-touch pass from Gyasi Zardes and beating goalkeeper Gabriel Arias from just inside the penalty area. At 20 years, 189 days, Pulisic broke the mark to double digits set in October 2010 by Jozy Altidore at 20 years, 337 days. Goalkeeper Ethan Horvath has cleared the ball to Zardes at midfield.
Pulisic had not scored since the October 2017 defeat at Trinidad and Tobago that eliminated the Americans from World Cup qualifying.
He has been bothered periodically by leg injuries this season at Borussia Dortmund. Chelsea agreed in January to buy Pulisic from Dortmund for 64 million euros (then $73 million) and loaned him back to the German club for the rest of the season.