Christian Pulisic will get a much deserved rest during the international break this time.

By Michael Lewis Editor

Conspicuously missing from the U.S. national team 21-man roster for the Nov. 14 international friendly at Portugal was midfielder Christian Pulisic.

There was a very good reason why, according to U.S. acting head coach Dave Sarachan — rest and some time to recharge his batteries. The 19-year-old Pulisic, who carried the U.S. in many World Cup qualifying matches this year, needed the break.

“Christian has had a very long year, not only with the national team but finding his way with Borussia Dortmund,” Sarachan said at “Between his contributions for the hational team and his club, he has probably played more total games than almost anyone in our pool this year, and in doing that Christian has really pushed the limits mentally and physically.

“With those things in mind, we felt this was an opportunity for Christian to get a break and recharge for the rest of an important campaign with Dortmund.”

Also missing from the roster was forward Bobby Wood, who scored several key goals for the U.S. the past two years. Wood has a knee injury.

“Bobby was excited about the opportunity to come into this camp and was on board to be a part of it, but he has had a lingering knee issue that has gotten to the point where it needed to be addressed,” Sarachan said. “He was excited to be a part of this last game of 2017, but like with Christian, we felt it was better for Bobby to get a little extra time to rest and recover.”