He walked that back a bit once he got off the field, but the confident Pulisic just might be the man to push the U.S. over their qualifying hump at the Azteca. If you are looking for a silver lining for the USMNT, injuries coupled with the fact that Mexico heads out to Russian Federation immediately following the game for the FIFA Confederations Cup is the straw to grasp. After crushing poor Honduras 3-0 on Thursday, Mexico has pulled in an impressive 13 points out of a total 15; their only "stumble", if you can call it that, was a 0-0 draw away against current fourth-place Panama.
Moments after his two second-half goals saved the U.S.in its World Cup qualifier against Trinidad & Tobago on Thursday, Pulisic, 18, told a live audience on FS1 the Americans do not plan to play for a draw against Mexico. United States Men's National Team 2018 World Cup qualifying showdown, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. His value, according to usually conservative Transfermarket.com, was a USA -best $13.4 million.
This trip to Mexico is the first big test for Bruce Arena since coming back to the national team.
Thursday's two-goal effort gives him five goals and five assists in five qualifiers during this cycle.
"Tonight's game is basically the first time this group has played together in a qualifying game, so we're just getting a feel for each other", Arena said.
Mexico faces Honduras in a World Cup qualifier today.
Viewing parties will be held at six locations in the Southland for Sunday's telecasts of the U.S. -Mexico 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier as the U.S. attempts to avoid its customary disappointment at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. Panama hosts Honduras in Panama City while Costa Rica plays Trinidad & Tobago in San Jose. Winning at Azteca is nigh impossible, but after firing Jurgen Klinsmann, the ol' Stars and Stripes has been firing on all cylinders, and even rescuing a point from their toughest Hex fixture would help them recover from their poor star. Whether it be due to the influence of manager Juan Carlos Osorio, the impressive depth of Mexico's squad, or a mixture of the two, El Tri is on the cusp of securing an early spot for next summer's World Cup. "Any time you can get a point here it's great". They're in form, very talented and, with 100,000 strong at their back in the Azteca, will give the U.S. their toughest match of the Hexagonal on Sunday. We're playing through that a little bit.
"I'm ashamed that there's perhaps some discord on the political side, but believe me, I think most American appreciate the Mexicans that have come to America to make a better future for themselves and their families, and the way they've contributed". Hirving "Chucky" Lozano will certainly start and is every bit as unsafe and creative for the Mexicans as Pulisic is for the Americans.
Michael Orozco Fiscal came off the bench to poke home the 80th-minute victor, Tim Howard followed with two massive stops on Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez and the US handed Mexico just its fourth loss in Azteca's 46-year history.