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Sport USMNT star Christian Pulisic hits back at Alexi Lalas’ fiery criticism of U.S. soccer

03:05  14 september  2017
03:05  14 september  2017 Source:   ftw.usatoday.com

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If that wasn’t a wake-up call for the USMNT , U . S . soccer legend Alexi Lalas made sure he did his part Sunday in a blistering rant where he called out players one by one. One of those players included in the rant, of course, was Christian Pulisic .

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USMNT star Christian Pulisic hits back at Alexi Lalas' fiery criticism of U.S. soccer© Getty Images USMNT star Christian Pulisic hits back at Alexi Lalas' fiery criticism of U.S. soccer

The USMNT had a beyond disappointing showing in the latest slate of World Cup qualifiers, dropping a critical home match to Costa Rica and scoring a late goal to escape Honduras with a point. If that wasn't a wake-up call for the USMNT, U.S. soccer legend Alexi Lalas made sure he did his part Sunday in a blistering rant where he called out players one by one.

One of those players included in the rant, of course, was Christian Pulisic. In case you didn't know yet, Pulisic is the 18-year-old wonderteen who has dazzled fans both with the USMNT and against Champions League/Bundesliga competition with Borussia Dortmund. He's the only player in U.S. soccer history who has legitimate potential to become an international star against world-class competition, and he's only 18! And that's not a slight to Landon Donovan - Pulisic is the real deal. So predictably, Pulisic wasn't too concerned about Lalas after Dortmund's 3-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur in Wednesday's Champions League group stage.

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If that wasn't a wake-up call for the USMNT , U . S . soccer legend Alexi Lalas made sure he did his part Sunday in a blistering rant where he called out players one by one. One of those players included in the rant, of course, was Christian Pulisic .

USMNT star Christian Pulisic hits back at Alexi Lalas ' fiery criticism of U . S . soccer . September 13, 2017 7:23 pm · Andrew Joseph. “Wonder boy” responds.

Speaking to reporters, Pulisic laughed off criticism from Lalas. He said via NBC Sports:

"I heard about it. I am not going to lose sleep about what Alexi Lalas has to say about us. He can say what he wants," Pulisic laughed.

During the rant, Lalas said of Pulisic, calling him "wonder boy:"

"Oh, by the way, to all the guys that I didn't mention, it's because you don't even warrant a mention. That includes you too, wonder boy."


With two games remaining in the Hex, the USMNT is in decent position to qualify for the World Cup in Russia. It currently sits in fourth place, which would push the USMNT into an inter-confederation playoff to earn qualification. That was how Mexico qualified for the 2014 World Cup, for example. But with a home match against Panama and a road match against last-place Trinidad and Tobago on October's schedule, the USMNT could jump into the top 3 and lock up an automatic qualifying spot out of CONCACAF.

It will just take a much better effort than what we saw in September.

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