Wednesday night marked Game 2 for the United States Men’s National Soccer Team at TQL Stadium in Cincinnati. The first time was in the World Cup qualifiers, when Mexico arrived in the queen city and the USMNT won 2-0.
This time around, the USMNT won again beating Morocco 3-0 thanks to an astonishing display of leadership from captain and striker Christian Pulisic.
Football fans on social media went wild after Pulisic netted a soft first touch and pass to striker Brenden Aaronson for the scoring to start in the 26th minute.
“To you guys it might not look easy, but it’s what I’ve been doing, training for, all my life. For me, it’s a touch that I expect to bring,” Pulisic said. “… I was able to come a bit wider and deeper to get the ball back (tonight) because of the way they were playing and the way they were against us, so I was able to find pockets of space. I think we did well… working the ball forward and that (succeeded) today.”
They got even crazier when he later called a foul and, instead of taking the penalty, gave former U17 teammate and current USMNT striker Haji Wright the opportunity to open his scoring record during of his international debut.
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“It’s his first game with the senior team and giving him that self-confidence (was important),” Pulisic said. “…We were a young team throughout qualifying and we still are, but I think we’re doing a great job bringing these guys in. …We’ve shown a lot of progress. We want to get the results and we are also in a good space.
“It’s crazy, I’m almost one of the oldest, but that’s the way it is,” added Pulisic. “I think it’s positive for our future.”
The stadium was almost full with a total attendance of 19,512.
However, the colors displayed throughout the stadium were not exactly an accurate representation of the loud chants that could be heard on the ESPN broadcast, “USA! USA!”
While the red was there, it was missing its blue and white siblings, having been swapped for the green as the Moroccan community invaded its football club.
It left a sour taste in Pulisic’s mouth.
He told an ESPN reporter, who asked how it felt to be back in front of American fans, he was unhappy with the lack of American fans at TQL on Wednesday. The video was posted on Twitter.
“Yeah, that was good,” Pulisic said. “To be honest, for some reason I’m not very happy with the number of Americans here, but it’s working and if I’m being completely honest. But, it’s thanks to those who came, the support is always great from them.”
There are many factors that could have explained why the fanbase was so minimal, but Pulisic’s reaction to the crowd is arouse the interest of the world of football.