Christian Pulisic ‘CANNOT be trusted’ and is not the ‘focal point’ of the USMNT, warns ex-MLS player Brian Dunseth, as he claims ‘Captain America’ is overhyped
Former MLS and USMNT player Brian Dunseth has warned the US cannot trust captain Christian Pulisic ahead of November’s World Cup in Qatar.
The USMNT stumbled in its final preparations for the World Cup after failing to find the target in either of its international friendlies this month with a 0-0 draw against Saudi Arabia and 2-0 defeat to Japan.
Chelsea star Pulisic has been hailed as ‘Captain America’ for the side and fans will be hoping he can rally the US in Qatar but Dunseth claimed he has been overhyped.
Former MLS and USMNT player Brian Dunseth has warned the US cannot trust Christian Pulisic
The former New England Revolution star claimed the American captain was overhyped
Speaking on his SiriusXM podcast, Week in the Tackle, Dunseth produced a strong and almost certainly controversial take on the Chelsea man.
‘You can’t trust Pulisic,’ Dunseth said on his weekly podcast.
‘As much as you want to believe in Pulisic, as much as he’s been hyped to be the everything that everybody thinks he can be or wants him to be, the reality is he’s not.
‘He’s a really good player but he’s, he is a complimentary piece. He is not a focal point and that’s what people have to understand.’
Pulisic has not scored since a hat-trick against Panama in a 5-1 CONCACAF World Cup qualification game back in March.
The USMNT begin their World Cup campaign against Wales in Group B on November 21
The former Dortmund star failed to push his team past Saudi Arabia in a 0-0 stalemate in Spain on Tuesday.
‘Christian Pulisic makes your team better but Christian Pulisic isn’t going to be the guy that is the Christian Eriksen of the US men’s national team,’ Dunseth continued.
‘[The guy] that becomes the tempo player, the connecting player, the guy that’s going to create something out of nothing, the guy that’s going to hit a final pass every single time or is capable of the final pass every single time.’
Pulisic wasn’t at his best in the USMNT’s drab 0-0 draw with Saudi Arabia in Murcia on Tuesday
While belief across the country may be wavering in the USMNT after a three-game winless streak, time is on their side.
There are 55 days for Gregg Berhalter’s to find a sharpness unseen in Spain before their matchday one clash against Wales.
Regardless of Dunseth’s comments, much of the US public will pin their hopes on Pulisic firing his squad to the knockout stages in a difficult group comprised of England, Iran and Wales.
Dunseth made one appearance for the USMNT throughout his career and played in the MLS from 1997-2005.